Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)

NOTE – the 🐻 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches is undergoing a huge renovation project, and is set to re-open in 2020. While it is shut to the public during the works, you can visit the affiliate site (rue de Doran, old médiathèque site) / guided tours only summer 2019 ]

Set in the historic 14th century 🏰 Château des Rubins, just behind the Eglise Saint-Jacques in Sallanches, the 🐻 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde is a museum dedicated to 🏔 the Alps.

Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in the Château des Rubins © montblancfamilyfun.com
Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in the Château des Rubins © montblancfamilyfun.com

Set across 5 floors, an interactive journey transports visitors from glaciology and geology, to some close encounters with the resident taxidermy (a wolf, a lynx and a bear, among others!). As well as panels explaining the different exhibits, there are 🎥films to watch, a large interactive screen at the entrance . . . a visit to the museum is a full sensory and tactile journey!

A family visit to the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

buggies – the lift goes as far as the 3rd floor, and after that buggies are not permitted; it is therefore useful to have a baby-carrier!

📷 photos with the resident bear – you can take a photo with the resident brown bear and then send the photo to yourself!

🎁 gift shop – on the ground floor, at the entrance, there is a lovely gift shop;

📚 library – there is a library on the first floor, with magazines, books, globes . . . a great place for a quiet moment!

🦌 family nature outings – the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde offers lots of other activities in nature for the whole family, throughout the year: ❄️ snow-shoeing, astronomy . . . 

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops for children

During the 🗓 school holidays, on Wednesday afternoons, there are nature workshops on offer for children (🌳 Les P’tits Experts de la Nature) / price: 6€ / outdoor and indoor workshops on offer / see the museum’s website or MBFF post for more details.

good to know: children are given a certificate booklet when they do their first workshop and they collect a stamp for each completed workshop. During their 2-hour workshop, they become little “experts” in different fields of nature!

© Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

Les mardis: raquette en famille and other nature outings

Over the ❄️ winter season, the 🦌 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde organises lots of fantastic outings – Les mardis: raquette en famille on Tuesday afternoons (different locations, depending on snow cover) and Sortie nocturne en raquette / price: 10€ for children and 15€ for adults / see agenda for more details.

Practical Information

🗓 opening hours:

🗓 1st June to 30th September: Monday to Saturday 10h to 12h30 / 14h to 18h30; Sundays 14h to 18h;
🗓 1st October to 31st May: Wednesday to Saturday 14h to 18h;
🗓 school holidays: Monday to Saturday 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h;
🗓 national holidays: 14h to 18h (except 25 December, 1st January and 1st May);


adults (> 16 years): 7€;
children (6 to 16 years): 4,50€;
families: (2 adults and 2 children): 20€;

Château des Rubins and médiathèque as seen from playground Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
address: Château des Rubins, 105 montée des Rubins, 74700, Sallanches;
tel: +33 (0)4 50 58 32 13;
website: www.centrenaturemontagnarde.org

🚙 parking: there is free parking in the Parking Château des Rubins/du Lévant

good to know: the museum is located a short walk from the 📚 Médiathèque Ange Abrate, the church playground and 🍏Sallanches’ Saturday market, so a day can be planned around this!

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