The Musée Montagnard is housed in one of the oldest 18th century houses in the centre of Les Houches and has been arranged to show three typical rooms of such a house: the pèle (bedroom/living room), the outa (kitchen) and the sarte (pantry). The museum houses a rich collection of traditional furniture and objects, largely provided by M. Albert Laprade, the eminent architect-urbanist, who was keen to protect the heritage of Les Houches.
Workshops for children
During the school holidays, there are often creative workshops/tours on offer for the children, so do check with the Tourist Office for details.
My elder son and I were delighted with a visit during the spring holidays 2016. He played a treasure hunt linking photos to objects and furniture in the museum and then, after a talk about springtime in the olden days in the Alps, he made a colourful spring crown. We had a lot of fun and learned lots, so thank you to the lovely Cécile for such an informative and creative visit! Ssee here for the creative workshops on offer for the spring holidays 2017.
from 19th December to 30th April: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 14h-18h;
July and August: every day (except Tuesday) from 14h to 18h;
CLOSED in May and June and always on 25th December, 1st January and 10th May;
Reduced entrance: 3€
FREE for under 18s
Pass Musée: 12€ (unlimited access for a year to all the museums of the Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley!)
Spring holiday workshops: see here for programme.
Le Musée Montagnard
2 place de l’église
74310 Les Houches
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 54 74
Website: see here
Parking: there is free parking just opposite, up the hill behind the Mairie.