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 and guided tours on offer for children and families, so do check with the Tourist Office / FB page 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! See here for the creative workshops on offer during the next school holidays.
In August 2017, we took part in the wonderful 🐑 « Moutonnades » workshop with Anaka – a mix of children and adults, we all 🎨 painted plexiglass sheep (which we took home!). It was a wonderful, wonderful workshop!
Every year there is a new 🖼 temporary exhibition organised at the museum . . .
school holidays: every day except Tuesday from 10h to midday and from 14h to 18h;
outside of school holidays: every day except Tuesday from 14h to 18h;
July and August: every day (except Tuesday) from 10h to 13h and from 14h to 18h;
🗓 Please be sure to check opening hours with Les Houches Tourisme, as the museum does shut for periods out of the main season.
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!)
address: Le Musée Montagnard 2 place de l’église 74310 Les Houches tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 54 74 website: see here Facebook: see here
🚙 parking: there is free parking just opposite, up the hill behind the Mairie.