Chamonix Museums

Chamonix has a great selection of museums, and these museums often offer creative workshops or guided tours for children during the school holidays (the Tourist Office will have a list of those scheduled during your stay).

In Chamonix town itself you will find;

*And don’t forget that the Carte d’Hôte gets you a discount!*  

In addition to the museums in Chamonix centre, there are often temporary exhibitions at the Médiathèque and at various hotels and restaurants/cafés in town.

In the Chamonix Valley, there are also museums in:

And further afield, you have . . .

And even further afield, you have in . . .

  • Martigny, Switzerland: the Fondation Pierre Giannada (temporary art exhibitions, permanent exhibition of sculptures in the lovely gardens, and a permanent collection of vintage cars and Roman artefacts) and the Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard (excellent for children);
  • Geneva, Switzerland: Geneva has an incredible selection of museums, with excellent workshops for children on Wednesdays, weekends and during the holidays (Natural History Museum, MEG Ethnographic Museum, MAMCO Contemporary Art Museum, the MAH Museum of Art . . . to name a few) / many of Geneva’s museums are FREE on the FIRST SUNDAY of each month;
  • Aosta Valley, Italy: and through the Mont Blanc tunnel and down the Aosta Valley is the impressive Forte di Bard!  This impressive fortess was entirely renovated a few years back, and visitors can now make their way to the exhibitions and museums at the top of the fortress by way of a series of funiculaires!  Not only do you get art and culture, but adventure en-route!  The views from the top are amazing, there is a lovely café/restaurant . . . an absolute GEM!

Here is a list of Chamonix’s museums:

Musée Alpin

Housed in the magnificent old Chamonix Palace (one of the three original “palaces” in Chamonix), this lovely museum traces the history of the valley, from the very first tourists who came to admire the mountains and glaciers through to “Chamonix the centre of winter sports”.  There is a great collection of prints, photos and mountaineering objects to take you on this trajectory.  There is usually a temporary exhibition, so do look out for this too.

Le Musée Alpin Chamonix © montblancfamilyfun

Opening hours:
Open every day except Tuesday from 14h to 18h;
CLOSED on Tuesdays and exceptionally on 25th December, 1st January and 1st May;
School holidays: open from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18h;
Guided tours: every Wednesday at 14h30 (with reservation);

Workshop programme for children

Adults: 5.90 €;
Children: FREE for under 18s;
Reduced entrance: (Carte d’Hôte, residents, season workers, seniors, students, disabled): 4,50€;

La Résidence
89 av Michel Croz
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 4 50 53 25

Parking: the nearest car park (paying) is the Parking du Mont Blanc;

See here for more details.

Espace Tairraz – Musée d’Alpinisme et des Cristaux
L’Espace Tairraz © montblancfamilyfun
This is a fantastic museum, with numerous interactive activitites to keep the whole family entertained on his/her journey through mountaineering.  You will learn how techniques and equipment have evolved over the centuries and also how attitudes have changed in this field.  You can learn how to tie different knots and there is even a simulator so that you can get to grips with how it feels to climb a famous mountain face!
And, once you have had your fill of mountaineering, you can stroll through the crystal collection!
Opening hours:
Daily from 14h to 18h (closed on 25th December);
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: open from 10h-12h and 14h-18h;
CLOSED on Tuesdays;

July and August: from 1st to 7th July, every day 10h-12h and 14h-18h; from 8th July, every day 10h-18h;

* Guided visits on Thursdays during the school holidays at 14h30 and at 16h30* – see FB page for more details;

Adults: 5.90 €;
Children: FREE for under 18s (with family);
Reduced entrance: (Carte d’Hôte, residents, season workers, seniors, students, disabled): 4,70€;
615 allée du Recteur Payot
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 4 50 55 53 93

Website: see here

Parking: the paying car park of St Michel is very convenient as you can take the lift straight to the entrance of the museum (great for a rainy day!).

Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet
La Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet © montblancfamilyfun

This little museum, nestled among the cafés, bars and restaurants of the rue des Moulins, houses the archives of Chamonix’s “patrimoine” (heritage archives).  The building that houses the museum was originally a 19th century structure; this was renovated and inaugurated as a museum in 2012.  There are changing exhibitions, with some lovely photographic displays.

Opening hours:
every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 14h to 18h;
CLOSED on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December;
July and August: open from 10h to 13h and 14h to 18h:

Workshops for children/Guided visits: there are sometimes workshops for children over school holidays/guided visits for families (see here for more details);

Adults: 4€;
Reduced entrance: (Carte d’Hôte, residents, season workers, seniors, students, disabled): 2,50€;

90 rue des Moulins
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 4 50 54 78 955

Website: see here

Parking: the nearest paying car parks are St Michel and Mont Blanc;

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