MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

We are lucky to have some 🖼 wonderful museums 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, many housed in architectural gems (old, new and renovated). . . and as well as their permanent collections, they also offer 🎨 temporary exhibitions and workshops for children and families over the school holidays!

And if we venture further than the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc🇫🇷 to Cluses, to Annemasse, to la Maison du Salève, to Annecy, to Evian, 🇨🇭 to Geneva, Lausanne or Martigny in Switzerland 🇨🇭  . . . or through the tunnel to the 🇮🇹 Aosta Valley in Italy, then we are rewarded with even more museums and collections to enjoy en famille.

Here is what is on now and in the near future 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond . . .

This post will be updated as temporary exhibitions come and go . . .


Colour Code for listings

Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & environs) and Vallorcine

Passy & environs

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

St Gervais, Le Fayet & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines & environs

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷 

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭 

🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹 


CHAMONIX

🏔 Musée Alpin in Chamonix 🏔 

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 / school holiday workshop programme for children / 🗓 opening hours: open every day, except Tuesday, from 14h to 18h; school holidays: open from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18h / guided tours: every Wednesday at 14h30 (with reservation) / price: FREE for under 18s, adults 5,90€ / address: La Résidence, 89 avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 25 / parking: the nearest car park (paying) is the Parking du Mont-Blanc / see here for more details;

Le Musée Alpin Chamonix © montblancfamilyfun.com
Espace TairrazMusée des Cristaux et de l’Alpinisme (Chamonix)

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 (except Tuesdays) from 14h to 18h; SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: open from 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h; July and August: from early July, open every day 10h to 18h / guided visits on Thursdays during the school holidays at 14h30 and at 16h30 – see FB page for more details / price: FREE for under 18s (with family), adults  5,90€ / address: 615 allée du Recteur Payot, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33 (0)4 50 55 53 93 / website / 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!);

© Espace Tairraz
L’Espace Tairraz © montblancfamilyfun.com

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Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet 

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; school holidays: open from 10h to 12h 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) / price: 4€, reduced 2,50€ / address: 90 rue des Moulins, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 78 95 / website / parking: the nearest paying car parks are St-Michel and Mont-Blanc;

La Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet à Chamonix © montblancfamilyfun.com

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Hôtel le Hameau Albert 1er

There are regular temporary address: 38 route du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33(0)4 50 53 05 09 / see here for more details;

© Chamonix Tourisme
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Espace Mémoire / Musée Marcel Wibault
© Lionel Wibault

Located near the centre of Chamonix, the Alpenrose was the home and workshop of artist Marcel Wibault, who settled in Chamonix early last century and never left; during his life, he never stopped painting his favourite theme – mountains! / This éspace memoire houses Marcel’s original paintings and there is a new exhibition each year / there are works also by Lionel Wibault, son of Marcel, also a painter / price: 3€ and free for all under 25 years / 🗓 opening hours: from June until September, 15h to 19h / address: 62 chemin du Cé, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / website;

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Place de l’Aiguille du Midi

« J’aurais pu peindre un panorama mais ce n’est pas ce que je souhaitais. Je veux que l’on rentre dans l’œuvre, que l’on s’immerge, que ce bleu vous sature, vous enivre, vous fasse perdre vos repères ” / see here for more information;

© Chamonix Tourisme

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📚 Médiathèque Chamonix 📚 

There are regular temporary exhibitions in a special exhibition room at the médiathèque / FREE! / see here for more details;

Chamonix médiathèque in the snow! © montblancfamilyfun.com

more information: for more information about current temporary exhibitions in Chamonix, see Chamonix Tourisme (expositions);


LES HOUCHES

🏔 Le Musée Montagnard 🏔 

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 / during the school holidays, there are often creative workshops and tours on offer for the children and families, so do check with the Tourist Office or the FB page for details / to read the MBFF post, see here / 🗓 opening hours: see website (variable, according to season/holidays) / price: 4€ and FREE for under 18s / address: 2 place de l’Eglise, 74310, Les Houches / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 54 74 website / parking: free parking on the hill behind the Tourist Office;

current exhibition:

© Musée Montagnard Les Houches
Le Musée Montagnard aux Houches © montblancfamilyfun.com

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📚 Bibliothèque des Houches 📚 

There are sometimes temporary exhibitions and workshops here, so do check with Les Houches Tourisme.


SERVOZ

Servoz retains its authentic rural mountain character, and this can be felt in its two museums open to the public, La Maison du Lieutenant & La Maison de l’Alpage: one an old renovated farm from 1779, the other a fortified manor house from the XVth century: 

🏔 La Maison du Lieutenant 🏔 

The permanent exhibition here, MESALPES, « L’agriculture de montagne, Coeur du territoire », presents a link between the alpine culture/agriculture of the olden days, with agriculture of today and of the future / multimedia, models and old alpine objects / 🗓 opening hours: open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and during school holidays 14h to 17h / workshops: there are often workshops held here, for children and adults / address: Maison du Lieutenant, 2231 Le hameau du Mont, 74310, Servoz / website;

La Maison du Lieutenant, Servoz © C Gilbert

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🏔 La Maison de l’Alpage 🏔   

The permanent exhibition here is « Agriculture et paysages, les grandes mutations » – the Chamonix Valley and the footprint of humans over the century, from the first shepherds to the agriculturers of today, the fragile link between man and environment; a testament to the change of time: nature, architecture and ubanism, transport, infrastructure / workshops during the holidays: « la fabrique de lait », cooking workshop with Basile, insects under a magnifying glass . . .  / 🗓 opening hours: open Monday to Saturday (shut on Sundays), 9h to 12h and 14h to 18h; only open on Mondays during school holidays / FREE to visit! / address: Maison de l’Alpage, Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz / tel: 04 50 47 21 68 / website;


ARGENTIERE

🏔 Maison du Village 🏔 

There are often temporary exhibitions held at the Maison du Village / 🗓 opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday, 9h30 to 12h and 14h to 18h / see here for more details about the Maison du Village / address: Maison de Village d’Argentière, 101 route du Village, Argentière;

© Maison de l’Alpage

VALLORCINE

🏔 Le Musée de Barberine 🏔 

In 1986, one of the oldest houses in the valley (from 1705), was up for sale and some descendents of the the Ancey family (the Colas) decided to buy it and donate it to an association, whose aim would be to restore it and construct a museum dedicated to the local life of yesteryear, with art and artisan exhibitions / 🗓 opening hours: July and August (Tuesday to Saturday 14h30 to 17h30; Sunday 15h to 17h30; SHUT on Monday) / address: Barberine, 74660,  Vallorcine / tel: +33 450 54 63 19 / website;

La Maison de Barberine © chamonix.com

PLATEAU d’ASSY

🖼 La Crèmerie du Plato (art gallery & live music) 🖼 

There are regular temporary contemporary art exhibitions and music sessions in this gallery . . . / last exhibition « EGO » by Emmanuel Lacoste, until 23rd September 2018 / more information FB page;

© La Crèmerie du Plato

SALLANCHES

🐻 Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde 🐻 

NB – SHUT for renovations until 2020 / small annex open near church, in old médiathèque building, at: 9 route de Doran à Sallanches / summer guided visits for families and workshops for children;

In Sallanches, there is the excellent Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde, set in the historic 14th century Château des Rubins, just behind the Eglise St Jacques. Set across 5 floors, the museum is dedicated to the Alps, and an interactive journey will take you 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, and you can have a family photo with a BEAR! / a visit to the museum is a full sensory and tactile journey! / workshops for children during the holidays: Les P’tits Experts de la Nature / good to know: the lift goes as far as the 3rd floor, and after that buggies are NOT permitted AND on the ground floor, at the entrance, is a wonderful library and gift shop / 🗓 opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 14h to 18h and school holidays Monday to Saturday 10h to 12h & 14h to 18h (open on Sundays 14h to 18h during the summer holiays) / price: 7€ and children 4,50€, under 6 years FREE / address: Château des Rubins, 105 montée des Rubins, 74700, Sallanches / tel: +33 (0)4 50 58 32 13 / website; 

Centre de la Nature Montagnarde © montblancfamilyfun.com

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📚 Médiathèque Ange Abrate 📚 

There are sometimes exhibitions at the médiathèque in Sallanches, and the médiathèque is named after artist Ange Abrate!

© Ange Abrate / artnet.com

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📷 Annual outdoor exhibition: « Exposition Montagn’Arts » (les quais de la Sallanche) 📷 

During the summer months, photos grace the quais of Sallanches, making for a lovely shaded buggy walk, with a café stop.

Montagn’Arts © montblancfamilyfun.com

COMBLOUX 

🐑 La Ferme à Isidore 🐑 

This old farm near the centre of Combloux has sporadic exhibitions / price: 3,50€ and children 1€ (under 10s FREE) / address: (association du Musée de la PenteFerme à Isidore, chemin de la Promenade, 74920, Combloux / more information: Combloux Tourisme;

© Combloux Tourisme
📚 Bibliothèque Municipale Combloux 📚 

📷 upcoming photo exhibition: « Si Proches et si Sauvages » by Denis GIRARD / opening hours: from 15th June until 15th September 2019 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 15h30 to 18h30, Wednesday 9h30 to 12h and 15h30 to 18h30, Saturday 9h30 to 12h and SHUT Thursday and Sunday!) / address: 83 route la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

© Denis Girard

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet & Saint-Nicolas de Véroce 

🎨 2KM3 car park, La Poste, la piscine and les télécabines (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨 

During the summer of 2017, twelve French and international artists transformed all 11 floors – and the façade – of the multi-storey car park in the centre of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains into a unique work of art: 2KM3; a collaborative street art project giving visitors a contemporary, living artwork, a whole new concept in how to integrate art into urban life! / FREE to park and visit! / see MBFF post for more photos.

🎨 2KM3: Acte II – this was the second stage of this wonderful art project . . . this time, the artists tackled the Saint-Gervais swimming pool, the northern façade of La Poste and the télécabines stations at Le Bettex.

2KM3 Acte II – la piscine © 2KM3

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🏔 La Maison Forte de Hautetour (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🏔 

Looking down majestically upon Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, La Maison Forte de Hautetour (13th century) was one of the several fortified manor houses of the region . . . in 2012, it was renovated, and today it houses an exhibition detailing the history of the Compagnie des Guides de Saint-Gervais, as well as hosting temporary art exhibitions and artists-in-residence / during the school holidays there are sometimes workshops for children/families here, so check the Saint-Gervais website agenda / 🗓 opening hours: open Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 14h to 18h and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10h to 12h30 and 14h to 18h; SHUT on Mondays and all of November, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December / price: 5€ and children (5 to 18 years) 3,50€ / address: Maison Forte de Hautetour, 114 passage Montjoux, 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 47 79 80; 

La Maison Forte de Hautetour © saintgervais.com
© Maison Forte de Hautetour

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📷 Summer outdoor photography exhibition (centre of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 📷 

If you wander through the centre of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains over the summer months, you can appreciate some beautiful photos (last summer, fabulous trees in Les Rencontres Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc);

© Les Rencontres Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc

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💡 « La Fète des Lumières » (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 💡 

Every year, at the end of December, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains has a light festival, based on the concept of the bigger and more internationally-known annual « La Fète des Lumières » in Lyon, with some of the same light installations.

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🎨 Pile-Pont Expo (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨 

Pile-Pont Expo is a unique and innovative contemporary art space, located in one of the piliers of the 2012 viaduct in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (the other pilier is home to a climbing wall!) / “a cathedral of concrete“, allowing for 160 m² of exhibition space, 9m high / FREE to visit / 🗓 opening hours: open July to October, 14h to 18h / guided visits in July & August;

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

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🎨 Salle Géo Dorival (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨 

There are regular temporary exhibitions at the Salle Géo Dorival, in the centre of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / workshops for children from Association Main dans la Mainaddress: Salle Géo Dorival, 43 rue du Mont-Blanc, Saint-Gervais, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

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📚 Bibliothèque Municipale Fernand Braudel (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 📚 

There are occasional temporary exhibitions here.

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🖼 Parc Thermal open air museum (Le Fayet) 🖼 

Le Parc Thermal turns into an open air museum, with the Musée Plein Air displaying artwork suspended from the trees, 🗓 every May to November / the exhibitions change yearly and it makes a buggy stroll even more enjoyable and cultural (there are also plenty of quotes to read along the way!) / last exhibition: « Erratiques »: sculptures by Denis Monfleur, AMAZING!!!

Denis Monfleur sculptures in Parc Thermal © montblancfamilyfun.com
Open Air Museum in the Parc Thermal © montblancfamilyfun
© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

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⛪️ Musée d’Art Sacrée (Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce) ⛪️ 

The ⛪️ Musée d’Art Sacrée in Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce is located in the old presbytery next to the beautiful church of Saint-Nicolas, at the entrance to the village. It displays about fifty sacred objects (wooden sculptures, paintings . . .) from the XVIth to XIXth century, retracing the history of the village / temporary exhibitions are on display in the Salle des Colporteurs on the first floor / 🗓 opening hours: every day (except Monday and Tuesday) from 15h to 18h; shut in November / price: 2€ to 3,50€, free for under 5s / address: Presbytère de Saint Nicolas, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 47 79 80;

Musée d’Art Sacrée © Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Tourisme
© Saint Nicolas de Véroce

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📷 Le Plateau de la Croix (Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce) 📷 

There are regular outdoor exhibitions here . . .


Megève & Praz-sur-Arly 

🏔 Musée du Haut Val d’Arly (Megève) 🏔 

An authentic 19th century farm, with objects from yesteryear / discover an old farmhouse: bedroom, workshop, kitchen . . . / good to know: special booklet available for children (7 to 10 years) / permanent exhibition: « La Mémoire du Pays » / 🗓 opening hours: until April, 15h to 18h (see website) / price: 3,50€, children (7 to 14 years) 2,80€ and under 6 years FREE / address: 70 rue Monseigneur Conseil, 74120, Megève / tel: 04 50 21 27 28;

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🏔 Musée de Megève 🏔 

Located within the old Maison de Charité (to house the sick, the poor, orphans), a 17th century structure with a Baroque chapel / since 1982, when a new retirement home was opened, this old hospice has been used to host temporary exhibitions and it became the Musée de Megève in 1988 / permanent exhibition: « Trois siècles de solidarité à Megève » / 🗓 opening hours: every day, except weekends and bank holidays (upon request, visit to exhibition and chapel) / see here for more information / FREE to visit! / address: 66 rue du Comte de Capré, 74120, Megève / tel: 04 50 21 27 28;

© montblancfamilyfun.com

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⛪️ Musée de l’Ermitage du Calvaire (Megève) ⛪️ 

Opened in 2013, this museum tells the history of the construction of the Calvaire, built between 1840 and 1878 (work of Father Ambroise Martin, curé de Megève from 1820 until his death). The Calvaire is made up of 14 chapels and oratories, telling the story of the Passion of Christ / FREE to visit / 🗓 opening hours: July and August from 14h to 17h30, shut on Saturdays and Sundays / address: Montée du Calvaire, 74120, Megève; / see here and here for more information / good to know – visit the buvette Refuge du Calvaire when there!;

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📚 Médiathèque & Le Palais (Megève) 📚 

There are regular 🖼 temporary exhibitions at the médiathèque and at Le Palaisaddress: Le Palais, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève;

« Montagnes imaginées, montagnes représentées » © Megève Tourisme

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PrazsurArly

Praz-sur-Arly regularly has an exhibition of outdoor sculptures throughout the town and on the pistes . . . this year, until 15th September, a dozen sculptures from local pralinois Louis Chabaud (famous for his ” art singulier “);

Louis Chabaud © Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme

current celebration 2019: « 80 ans de ski » / 80 years of the ski station celebrated! / see here for more details;

© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme

Les Contamines-Montjoie & Notre Dame-de-la-Gorge

🖼 Le Jardin de Samivel (Les Contamines) 🖼 

Le Jardin de Samivel is an open-air museum, dedicated to Samivel, watercolour painter, poet, romance writer, film-maker, explorer; having visited Les Contamines from a young age, Samivel became very attached to the village and its inhabitants, and he later threw himself into protecting nature, and especially our mountain habitat / address: located just behind the church;

Le Jardin Samivel © les contamines.com
📷 « Nature au Sommet » photo exhibition (Parc de Loisirs du Pontet / Domaine Nordique in wintertime) 📷 

There is an outdoor photo exhibition (nature) in the Parc de Loisirs du Pontet . . . 

« Nature au Sommet » 2018 © Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme

« Nature au Sommet » 2018 © Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme

🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE 🇫🇷 

CLUSES

🕰 Musée de l’Horlogerie et du Décolletage 🕰 

The 🕰 Musée de l’Horlogerie et du Décolletage, dedicated to telling the industrial and social history of the area, is located in the Espace Carpano & Pons, the old industrial site next to the river in Cluses / the story of the watchmakers of the XVIIIth century through to the emergence of décolletage during the industrial revolution / there are regular guided visits, films and workshops; see here for more details / jeu de piste for families: “ Drame au Musée ” / 🗓 opening hours: from June until September, every day from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18h; school holidays, every day from 14h to 18h, October until May, Wednesday to Saturdy, 14h to 18h / price: adults 5€, children/students (12 to 25 years) 3€, FREE for under 12s / good to know: the museum is FREE on each first Sunday of the month, 14h to 18h! (with a guided visit sometimes scheduled at 15h) / address: Espace Carpano & Pons, 100 place du 11 Novembre, 74300, Cluses / tel: 04 50 96 43 00 / website;

© Musée de l’Horlogerie et du Décolletage

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📷 Festival ❄️ « Image & Neige » ❄️ 📷 

This photographic exhibition is an annual fixture in Cluses, at the Parvis des Esserts / 2020 (10th edition): 17th, 18th & 19th January;

© Images et Neiges 2020

ANNEMASSE

🖼 Villa du Parc 🖼 

There are regular temporary exhibitions in the 🖼 Villa du Parc in Annemasse / for more information, see website or FB page / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 14h to 18h30 (shut on bank holidays) / price: FREE to visit, 6€ for guided visits (free for members) / address: Parc Montessuit, 12 rue de Genève, 74100, Annemasse / tel: 04 50 38 84 61 / good to know: great playgrounds on-site!

© Villa du Parc Annemasse

ANNECY

🏰 Château d’Annecy 🏰 

Once the residence of the counts of Geneva in the 13th and 14th centuries, the castle has been classified as a historical monument since 1959 / today, the castle houses 🖼 temporary exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection of art of cultural importance, and objects associated with le Lac d’Annecy / there are special family visits organised for temporary exhibitions at the Château d’Annecy, with a special FREE carnet de découverte for children / good to know: Mercredi en Famille (guided visits for families, children 6+ years, on Wednesdays at 14h30, 6€) and it is FREE to visit the Château d’Annecy and its temporary exhibition on the FIRST Sunday of each month between October and May / 🗓 opening hours: from 10h to midday and from 14h to 17h, every day except Tuesday (open Tuesdays during the summer holidays, and every day from 10h30 to 18h) / price: 5,50 / address: place du Château, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 50 33 87 30 / website;

Château d’Annecy © montblancfamilyfun.com

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🏰 Palais de l’Ile in Annecy 🏰 

The newly renovated Palais de l’Île is a building dating from the Middle Ages and it has been classified as a historical monument since 1900.  This palais has been a prison, a palais de justice and an administrative centre over the centuries / special pack/itinerary available for children / 🗓 opening hours: from 10h to midday and from 14h to 17h, every day except Tuesday (open Tuesdays during the summer holidays, and every day from 10h30 to 18h) / good to know: it is FREE to visit the Palais de l’Île and its temporary exhibition on the FIRST Sunday of each month between October and May / price: 3,80€ and children 2€ / address: 3 passage de l’Ile, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 56 49 40 37 / website;

🖼 current temporary exhibition:

© Le Château d’Annecy
Palais de l’Ile © Ville d’Annecy

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🎥 Musée du Film d’Animation in Annecy 🎥 

The Musée du Film d’Animation is located two minutes away from the Musée-Château / this museum provides visitors with an introduction to animated cinema / FREE to visit! / 🗓 opening hours: (SHUT in January) check website / address: ancienne chapelle du Conservatoire d’Art et d’Histoire, 18 avenue du Trésum, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 50 33 87 30;

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🐴 Le Haras d’Annecy 🐴 

The old 19th century horse stables of Annecy (once on the outskirts of town), which at their apogee housed 120 horses, were purchased by Annecy in 2012 / today, the Haras d’Annecy host temporary art installations & events and the Rucher du Haras (beehives) / 🗓 opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday (except winter months) from 14h to 19h / address: 19 rue Guillaume Fichet 74000 Annecy / tel: 04 50 33 88 88;

NEWS – it has been decided that the Haras will become a 🎥 Cité de Film l’Animation! / see here for more information;

Le Haras d’Annecy © Ville d’Annecy

🗓 « Une Saison au Haras » . . . the Haras becomes a hive of activity from May until October every year: temporary art installations and events (Iles aux brumes), concerts, yoga, African dance, and the Rucher du Haras (beehives) / summer open-air cinema (FREE!) . . .

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🖼 « Annecy Paysages » ephemeral art exhibition (summertime) 🖼 

« Déambules » became « Annecy Paysages » for the summer of 2018 . . . a visual and sensory stroll through lovely Annecy, with fabulous ephemeral art / every summer, 🗓 from early July until early September! / see this video for a taster visit! / website / FB page;

© Annecy Paysages

© Annecy Paysages

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🌍 La Turbine in Cran-Gévrier (Annecy) 🌎 

La Turbine – Le Centre de Culture Scientifique Technique et Industrielle de Haute-Savoie – is an innovative pedagogic centre equipped for families to learn about science in an interactive way / there are regular exhibitions / events / workshops for children of different ages, so do check the website for current ones! / 2018 programme / 🗓 opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h / price: adults 5,50€, children 3€ (and +65 ans), FREE for children under 6 years and family price 14€ / address: place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier, 74960, Annecy / tel: 04 50 08 17 00 / website;

current exhibitions:

🕰 « Tic Tac Temps » – until 1st September 2019 / « Mets ton manteau! Dépêche-toi on va être en retard! J’arrive dans deux minutes! » – learning about the importance of time and the passing of time in our environment / for children 3 to 6 years / conceived by Forum départemental des sciences de Villeneuve d’Ascq;

⏰ « CLOCK: les horloges du vivant » – until 1st September / Does a 🌻 sunflower really follow the sun? 💤 Why do we sleep? A koala sleeps 20h per day; is it lazy or is this a necessity? How fast do the wings of a hummingbird flap? – an exhibition looking at time in relation to animals, humans, plants, clocks and 💤 sleep / for children 8+ years / conceived by ART’M Créateurs associés, with its partner le Musée de l’horlogerie et du décolletage de Cluses;

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« Le Festival des Cabanes » (Les Sources du Lac d’Annecy & Lac Aiguebelette)

The « Festival des Cabanes » is an annual event at the Sources du Lac d’Annecy (Doussard nature reserve and other locations) 🗓 from July until mid-November . . . / architecturestudents and architects from all over the world built some unusual cabanes, rendering our nature even more magical! / website / over 160 mm², across 7 communes: Chevaline, Val de chaise, Doussard, Giez, Lathuile, Saint-Ferréol et Faverges/Seythenex / 12 orignial cabanes in 12 magical locations / original idea from David Hamerman;

© Festival des Cabanes

CHAMBERY

🖼 Galerie Eurêka 🖼 

Plenty of scope for a family visit at this interactive science museum! / there is a permanent exhibition – Espace Montagne – and temporary exhibitions too / website / FB pageaddress: 50 rue de la République, 73000, Chambéry / tel: 04 79 60 04 25 ;

current exhibitions (until 31st August 2019):

  • « Petits monts et merveilles » – a hike in the mountains – can you name the animals and plants you come across, or the métiers?
  • « Au fil des araignées » – we have much to learn from spiders (despite their fearful image to many!

EVIAN

🖼 Palais Lumière 🖼 

Once functioning thermal baths, the Palais Lumière opened its doors as an exhibition and conference centre to the public in 2006.  It now hosts some excellent temporary exhibitions (usually two per year) / children’s workshops and guided tours see here / 🗓 opening hours: every day from 10h to 19h (Monday from 14h to 19h)/ price:8€ to 10€, under 16 years FREE / address: Palais Lumière, 74500, Evian; 

Le Palais Lumières © montblancfamilyfun.com

🖼 current exhibition: « L’Expressionisme allemand », until 29th September 2019:

Palais Lumière Evian

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🖼 Maison Gribaldi 🖼 

Located just behind the Palais Lumière, the Maison Gribaldi is housed in a renovated buiding dating from the Renaissance, and is used for temporary exhibitions and to story the city’s archives (see here for history of the building) / 🗓 open from April until October each year, the upcoming exhibition is: « Goûter au paradis, Anna de Noailles sur les rives du Léman » (see here) / website /  address: ruelle du Nant d’Enfer, 74500, Évian-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 83 10 00;

© Ville d’Evian Evian Tourisme
Maison Garibaldi © Ville d’Evian

PRESILLY

🦌 La Maison du Salève 🦌 

A visit to La Maison du Salève makes for a wonderful family day out, preferably on a fair weather day as the gardens are lovely and there are walks to enjoy en famille . . . originally an 18th century farm from the Chartreuse de Pomier, La Ferme de Mikerne has been renovated to host a cultural centre recounting the history of the Salève mountain and its environs: the permanent interactive exhibitions: « Le Salève, une montagne et des hommes » (aimed at children over the age of four) and «Le Salève côté nature» (children from 3 to 12 years) / 🖼 current temporary exhibition: « 4 Saisons », until June 2020, for 3 to 7 year olds – changing seasons: cold, hot, ☔️ rain, ❄️ snow (price: 2€, free for children under 6 years) / 🗓 opening hours: all year, except January, 1st May, first Sunday in September and 25th December; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 14h to 18h; school holidays, Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h; July and August, Tuesday to Sunday, 10h to 18h / price: adults 6€, children 6 to 18 years 3€ and free for children under 6 years / good to know: pay once and come back a second time for FREE! Keep your ticket to the Maison du Salève; you can come back within the year for FREE, as long as you are accompanied by someone else who is paying for their own entrance! / address: 775 route de Mikerne,74160, Présilly / tel: + 33 (0)4 50 95 92 16 / website;

La Maison du Salève © montblancfamilyfun.com
4 Saisons © Maison du Salève

THONON-LES-BAINS

🏰 Château de Ripaille 🏰 

At the Château de Ripaille, there are regular temporary exhibitions, and there are plans in place to develop a rich cultural programme / website / there are lovely walks around the Château de Ripaille, and the castle is very close to the old port, which has a lovely playground;

Chateau de Ripaille © montblancfamilyfun.com

🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭 

MARTIGNY

🎨 Fondation Pierre Gianadda 🎨 

This fabulous museum in Martigny hosts a couple of temporary exhibitions every year, and in addition to these, the building itself is an architectural gem, and the sculpture garden is lovely, the leaves on the trees changing with each season (it is hence worth visiting this museum on a fine weather day, and not reserving it for a rainy day option!). The Fondation Pierre Gianadda is three museums in one: there is the space dedicated to the temporay exhibitions, there is a collection of Gallo-Roman artefacts (Musée Gallo-Romain), and there is a room in the basement with a collection of vintage cars (about fifty vehicles dating from 1897 to 1939)!  The museum is also used to host classical concerts /  / 🗓 opening hours: daily, from 10h to 18h November to June and from 9h to 19h June until November / price: adults CHF18, children CHF10 and families CHF38 / address: rue du Forum 59, 1920, Martigny, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 722 39 78 / website;

🖼 current exhibition: « Rodin-Giacometti » – this exhibition brings together these two seminal sculptors and is the fruit of a partnership between the Paris-based Fondation Giacometti and the Musée Rodin . . .

© Fondation Pierre Gianadda
🐶 Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint Bernard 🐶 

This museum is set across three floors, with the ground floor devoted to its Saint-Bernard dogs.  Visitors can view the dogs in their kennels and there is a large outdoor space where they play. At various stages during the day, there are some meet and greet moments with the dogs. On the first floor, visitors can learn about the history of the Great Saint-Bernard Pass and on the second floor there is an interactive exhibition about Saint-Bernard dogs, perfect for children.  The museum organises family activities and workshops on this floor / for more information, see MBFF post or website / good to know – you can often see a fresh batch of adorable puppies at the museum AND there is an incredible Easter egg hunt here on Easter Monday (tried and tested and so, so, so enjoyed by the MBFF team!), and a visit from le Père Noël at Christmastime / 🗓 opening hours: every day (except 24th & 25th December) 10h to 18h  / price: CHF12 and children 8+ years CHF 7 / address: Fondation Barry/Barryland – Musée et chiens du Saint-Bernard, rue du Levant 34, 1920, Martigny, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 720 49 20;

Musée des Sciences de la Terre: La Fondation Tissières Martigny

Located just off the main square in Martigny, this museum has some permanent exhibitions (alpine minerals, crystals & geology; a reconstructed mine; marble from Valais – see here), as well as temporary ones (current exhibition: Sébastien Albert Monochrome rétrospective) / website / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and weekends 13h30 until 17h / price: adults CHF6, 11 to 18 year olds CHF3 and under 10s FREE! / address: avenue de la Gare 6, 1920, Martigny (same building as Office de Tourisme;

Musée des Sciences de la Terre / Fondation Tissières Martigny

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GENEVA & ENVIRONS

🎨 Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva) 🎨 

Not a museum, rather an interactive creative centre, the MBFF family are huge fans of La Maison de la Créativité . . . a house and gardens full of treasures for children, wonderful workshops, an outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . see MBFF article for more details / no need to reserve! / aimed at children up to the age of 6 years / address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90 / website / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring draisienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / 🗓 open to public: Wednesdays (9h30 until midday AND 14h30 to 17h30) AND one Saturday per month (9h30 to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30) AND during Swiss school holidays / ☀️ SHUT over summer holidays!

🐧 Muséum de Genève (Natural History Museum) 🐧 

The fabulous Muséum de Genève (Natural History Museum) is still one of our go-to rainy day options! / see MBFF post for more details / 🗓 opening hours: 10h to 17h every day (except Monday) / address: 1 route de Malagnou, 1208, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00 / website / good to know: on the first Sunday of the month, this museum’s temporary exhibitions are FREE!

🖼 current exhibition : « Prédations » – each year there is a BIG temporary exhibition at this fabulous museum, the two last ones being Dinosaures and Fourmis . . . this new exhibition will plunge you into the world of PREDATORY ANIMALS: « Prédations » – animals whose strategy it is to kill to eat! Kill, eat, survive – a natural cycle, present since the birth of time, far from the image of Big Bad Wolf and Jaws. The life of a predator is often difficult and dangerous, a ” catch me if you can ! ” challenge with its prey! And we humans in this chain; are we the worst type of predator, seeing as we are omnivores and meat eating is a choice? / more information . . .

© Muséum Histoire Naturelle Genève
© Ville de Genève / Muséum Genève
💡 Musée d’Histoire des Sciences 💡 

This museum is located within the Parc du Perle du Lac, next to Lac Léman, and opposite the Botanical Gardens; it occupies the beautiful Neo-Classical Villa Bartholoni (from the 1830s), and hosts a collection of scientific apparatus belonging to scientists and researchers from the 17th to 19th centuries / current temporary exhbition: « Roulez les mécanique. La loi du moindre effort », until 15th September 2019; how to get a machine moving, without exhausting oneself? information about carnets de jeux and workshops here good to know: ask for the orienteering parcours leaflet for the park at the reception, and go explore! / 🗓 opening hours: 10h to 17h (shut Tuesday) / address: Parc de La Perle du Lac, 128 rue de Lausanne 1202, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: 41 22 418 50 60 / website / every two years, La Nuit de la Science takes place here;

« Roulez les mécanique. La loi du moindre effort » © Musée d’Histoire des Sciences
MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève) 

The MEG is one of our favourite museums in Geneva . . . it is innovative and puts on fabulous temporary exhibitions, with accompanying workshops for families that are often inter-generational / the permanent exhibition at the MEG (always free to visit) is Les archives de la diversité humaine – here you will find more than a thousand objects from different world cultures / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11h to 18h / good to know: on the first Sunday of the month, the MEG and its temporary exhibition are FREE, and there are lots of wonderful workshops on offer too / the MEG has a fabulous children’s pack available for its temporary exhibitions, so be sure to ask about this at the entrance website / address: boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67,1205, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)22 418 45 50 / see MBFF post to read about planning a family visit;

There are FREE children’s and family workshops and guided tours, especially on the FIRST Sunday of the month:

  • Le Baby Bazar éveil musical for 0 to 2 year olds (14h to 15h15 and 15h30 to 16h30);
  • Tohu Wa Bohu éveil musical for children 2+ years (from 15h to 15h45 and from 16h to 16h45);

upcoming temporary exhibition: « Il était une fois: la fabrique des contes », from 17th May 2019 until 5th January 2020 / this exhibition will recount the rich tradition of storytelling, often ancient in origin, from 🇫🇮 Finland to 🇬🇷 to Greece, from Spain 🇪🇸 to the Alps – an immersive voyage through European storytelling / MEG website information;

«Amazonia» exhibition children’s pack at the MEG à Genève © montblancfamilyfun.com
🖼 MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire) 🖼 

The MAH in Geneva is housed in a magnificent building, and is one of the largest museums in Switzerland, displaying over 650 000 sculptures, objects and paintings over 5 floors / the MAH is free to visit, except for temporary exhibitions / more information: website or MBFF post address: rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206, Geneva; 

for children and families:

  • the MAH has a great play area – Espace #mahfamily – next to the café/restaurant;
  • guided visits for families: « Visites à tout petits pas » – one Wednesday per month at 10h30, 14h30 and 15h30 / each month, a new theme to discover the museum and its works with little ones 3 to 5 years (accompanied by an adult) / FREE and no reservations required;
  • « Mercredis Family » at 15h on Wednesdays / an interactive visit for children 6 to 10 years (accompanied by an adult) / FREE and no reservations required;
Mercredis Famille © MAH
🖼 Musée Rath 🖼 

The Musée Rath hosts the MAH’s larger temporary exhibitions, one of the last exhibition being the fabulous « Hodler Parallélisme » / 🗓 opening hours: 11h to 18h (shut Mondays) / price of exhibition: CHF10 to 15 and FREE for under 18s / good to know: FREE on first Sunday of the month / address: place Neuve, 1204, Geneve / tel: +41 (0)22 418 33 40 / website;

🖼 current exhibition: « Silences », until 27th October 2019 / see here;

🎨 MAMCO (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain) 🎨  

The MBFF family members are regular visitors to the MAMCO in Geneva. This modern and contemporary art museum in the Plainpalais area of Geneva is innovative and often very interactive (some exhibitions allow a tactile approach; some NOT, so do check!) / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12h to 18h / address: 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Genève / tel: +41 22 320 61 22 / website: www.mamco.ch / * first Sunday of the month, this museum is FREE!

For children and families, the MAMCO offers fabulous guided tours for children: 

  • Les Petits Rendez-Vous  at 11h15 on first Sunday of the month and at 15h15 on the first Wednesday of the month, there are guided visits for children / for 5 to 10 year olds, with an accompanying adult ) / in French and English / duration: 45 mins / highly recommended by the MBFF team!
  • Les Mini Rendez-vous – at 15h15 on the first Wednesday of the month, there are shorter guided visits for smaller children (for 2 to 4 olds, with an accompanying adult) / duration: 20 mins;
🎨 Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève 🎨 

The Contemporary Art Museum is located in the same building as the MAMCO.  It was founded in 1974 as the Kunsthalle de Genève, the first contemporary art centre in la Suisse Romande, a place of production, research and experimentation (a Kunsthalle, unlike a museum, has no permanent collection; it veers to the future, presenting emerging local and international artists) / good to know: on the first Sunday of the month, this museum and its temporary exhibition are FREE / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11h to 18h (shut Mondays) / price: 5CHF/€ and FREE for under 18s / address: Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, 1205 Genève / tel: + 41 22 329 18 42 / website

workshops and guided visits for children and families: 

  • Akademinis  ” balade en famille dans les expositions “, a family visit of the current exhibition, followed by a creative activity / for children 4 to 7 years old, with accompanying adult / upcoming visits: see websitereservations (before 17h Friday, for Sunday visit): +41 22 888 30 43 or publics@centre.ch
  • 🎥 Les Mercredis de l’Animation – in collaboration with Animatou, Festival International du Film d’Animation de Genève / when? every second Wednesday of the month at 15h (except during the school holidays) / where? Cinéma Dynamo, 4th floor of Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève / for children 4+ years / 9 short films (duration around 45 mins) / FREE!
  • 🎨 Dessiner avec Alexia – draw with Alexia Turlin one Wednesday per month, from 13h30 to 15h / for children 8 to 16 years / see website for more details;
  • 🎨 Dessiner comme Mirek! – for young adults, 16+ years / see website for more details;
Red Cross & Crescent Museum

A museum decicated to the history and work of the Red and Crescent Cross / website / price (museum & temporary exhibition): adults 15CHF, 7CHF concessions, FREE for under 12s; price (temporary exhibition only): 5CHF / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday10h to 17h/18h / address: avenue de la Paix 17, 1202, Genève / tel: +41 (0)22 748 95 11 / website / good to know: there is a luminous, spacious self-service restaurant in the museum building (used frequently on weekdays by people working in the area), open Monday to Friday 7h30 to 16h30 and weekends 11h to 15h;

© Red Cross Museum Geneva
🏺Musée Ariana (Musée Suisse de la Céramique et du Verre)🏺  

The 🏺 Musée Ariana is located near the UN and the Red Cross Museum in Geneva / history of the museum: the palatial neo-Classic, neo-Baroque building which houses the Musée Ariana was built at the end of the 19th century by generous collector Gustave Revilliod, always with the intention of it becoming a museum; he chose the name Ariana in honor of his mother, from whom he had inherited his fortune / there is a beautiful park to explore outside / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (shut on Monday), 10h to 18h / price: FREE for permanent exhibition; temporary exhibitions CHF5/CHF8 and FREE for under 18s / good to know: temporary exhibition FREE each first Sunday of the month / address: avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève / tel: +41 22 418 54 54 / website; 

upcoming exhibition: « À la table de l’art moderne: céramiques de la République de Weimar (1919 – 1933) » until 8th September 2019 / pdf flyer;

for children/families:

  • 🌈 Coin Enfants – a space for children to draw and discover books associated with the museum’s collection;
  • Les samedis des tout-petits – workshops for 2 to 4 year olds on Saturdays (paying);
  • for more information about workshops / services for families and children, see here;
Fondation Baur (Musée des Arts d’Extreme Orient)

This museum’s collection is dedicated to about 9000 objects from China and Japan and the building is an end of XIXth century hôtel particulier. The man behind this collection of art was Alfred Baur (1865-1951), and since 1995, the museum has acquired more donations / for family activities, see here (like Chinese 🐉 dragons, origami . . . ) / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (shut Mondays) from 14h to 18h / price: permanent exhibition CHF10 and free for under 16s; temporary exhibition & permanent exhibition CHF15 and free for under 16s / address: 8 rue Munier-Romilly, 1206, Geneva / tel: +41 22 704 32 82 / website;

© Musée Baur
Le Musée Barbier-Mueller 

The Musée Barbier-Mueller, located in the heart of the Vieille Ville in Geneva, displays Arts de l’Antiquité, de l’Afrique, de l’Asie et de l’Océanie / it was founded in 1977, and its function is to conserve, study and show a collection that was started by Josef Mueller in 1907 (a collection of tribal and classical art from many different civilisations) / the museum organises temporary exhibitions, and these are the works of art that the public gets to see / children’s activities & guided tours: see website / FB page / opening hours: every day from 11h to 17h / address: rue Jean-Calvin, 10, 1204, Geneva / tel: +41 22 312 02 70 / website;

Le Musée Barbier-Mueller © Le Musée Barbier-Mueller / photo Luis Lourenço
📚 Bibliothèque de Genève 📚 

The Bibliothèque de Genève, in the Parc des Bastions, often hosts exhibitions, so it is worth checking the AGENDA if you are visiting / FREE entrance / 🗓 opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12h to 18h and Saturday 9h to 12h / address: Bibliothèque de Genève, Promenade des Bastions 1, 1211, Geneva;

© Bibliothèque de Genève
Musée de Carouge (Carouge)

The Musée de Carouge will be SHUT for most of 2019, as it is needing renovations opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h / FREE to visit! / address: Place de Sardaigne 2, 1227, Carouge / tel: +41 (0)22 307 93 80 / website;

© Musée Carouge
Sculpture Garden Bienniale (Le Parc des Eaux-Vives)

The first edition of « Sculpture Garden » ran in the summer 2018 in the lovely Le Parc des Eaux-Vives / sculptures and performances, a parcours to wander through;

© Espaces Contemporains
💡 Exploracentre (Plainpalais, Geneva) 💡 

A brand new exhibition / interactive centre in Geneva, where the only rule is that it is “ FORBIDDEN to NOT TOUCH ”! / informative, “ludique”, for the whole family / to learn about the world, science, how things work / NEW EXHIBITION ” Fabriq’Expo “ / 🗓 opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10h to 18h, Sunday’s 13h to 18h / price: adults (+16 years): 15CHF; children (3 to 15 years): 10CHF and combination prices / address: rue des Bains 33, 1205, Geneva (Plainpalais) / website;​

© Exploracentre
Palexpo temporary exhibitions (Geneva)

The Geneva Palexpo is used for temporary exhibitions / here below, MBFF winners of free entrance to exhibition « The Art of the Brick » (tickets kindly offered by «The Art of the Brick »):

The Art of the Brick © montblancfamilyfun.com

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LAC LÉMAN

Some of the museums around the Swiss side of Lac Léman form the Association des Musées de la Riviera Vaudause, see here for more details.

NYON
🐠 Musée de Nyon & Aquarium 🐟 

A museum dedicated to the history of Lac Léman and an aquarium too! / new permanent exhibition: « Petite Nature? » (36 questions to decode the the secrets of the lake!) / temporary exhibition: “ Plouf: une histoire de la baignade dans Le Léman “ until 20th January 2020 – the vocabulary associated with taking a “dip” or a swim, the 121 swimming spots on Lac Léman, the architecture on the lakefront, the quality of the lake water, sportsmen and women and tourists, fashion, beliefs and habits over the passing of time . . . and the artists, the famous faces who frequented the lake! / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, April until October, 10h to 17h and November to March 14h to 17h / price: CHF8 and free for children under 16 years / good to know – FREE every first Sunday of the month; 1 x entrance = free access to the Musée Romain and the Château de Nyon (valid 12 months) / l’atelier Créa’lac – every 3rd Sunday of month, a workshop for children at 15h30; CHF 7 per child (museum entrance free); 18th Nov and 16th Dec 2018 / super playground right next door and picnic spot! / address: quai Louis-Bonnard 8, 1260, Nyon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 316 42 50 / website;

© Musée de Nyon & Aquarium
🏺 Musée Romain 🏺 

Nyon’s Roman Museum allow you to glimpse into the world of ancient Noviodunum / 🗓 opening hours: November to March, Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 17h; April to October, 10h to 17h (shut Monday, apart from bank holidays) / price: CHF8 and FREE for under 16s / address: rue Maupertuis 9, CH-1260, Nyon / tel: +41(0)22 316 42 80 / website;

© Musée Romain Nyon
🏰🌷 Château et Jardins de Prangins (near Nyon) 🌷🏰
© Château de Prangins

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LAUSANNE

Lausanne has some wonderful museums; here is a small selection, with families in mind:

Le Musée Olympique

We visited this museum with our boys last winter, en-route back from the Montreux Christmas market . . . we had so much fun!  It is really interactive and very pedagogic! Located right next to Lac Léman, it has a stunning setting with huge grounds for sporting fun! / history of museum: the museum opened to the public in 1993 and was renovated in 2012 / the TOM café upstairs (stunning views) has a children’s menu *NB only brunch menu at the weekend!* / 🗓 opening hours: October to April, Tuesday to Sunday (shut Mondays), 10h to 18h; from May to October, daily from 9h to 18h / price: CHF19, children (6 to 16 years) CHF10 and under 6 years FREE / address: The Olympic Museum, 1 quai d’Ouchy, 1006, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 21 621 65 11/ see website for more details;

upcoming exhibition: “ We are Olympians, and you? “, until 20th March 2020 / see here for more details about the exhibition;

© Olympic Museum Lausanne
🌳 Espace des Inventions 🌳 

The Espace des Inventions in Lausanne is a place for families and children to experience and experiment with science, technology and art, through its exhibitions / 🗓 opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 14h to 18h and Sunday and bank holidays, 10h to 18h / price: children CHF5, adults CHF7 / address: Vallée de la Jeunesse 1, 1007, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)21 315 68 80 / website;

current exhibition: 🌳 « L’ARBRE – de la petite graine à la vieille branche » – 🌳 trees in science & nature, and as represented in art / until 21st June 2019 / for children 7+ years / FREE entry on first Saturday of month! / workshops for children . . . 

© Espace des Inventions
🦈 Aquatis Aquarium & Vivarium in Lausanne 🦈 

We’ve not visited yet, but the new Aquatis Aquarium & Vivarium in Lausanne has been open to the public since October 2017 / restaurant on-site: Piranha, with a view on the piranha pool! / 🗓opening hours: November until March 10h to 18h, every day; April until October 9h to 19h, every day / price: CHF29, children (5 to 15) CHF19, under 5s FREE / address: AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivariumroute de Berne 144, 1010, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)21 654 23 23 / see website for more details;

© Aquarium Vivarium Aquatis Lausanne
VEVEY
Chaplin’s World

Located above Vevey, and with 3000m2 of grounds, this unique centre was Charlie Chaplin’s home and gardens / today, it is an interactive museum that tells the life of the cinematic icon Charles Spencer Chaplin . . . a temple to one of the great 20th century artist! / see website for more details and prices / address: route de Fenil 2, 1804, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland;

© Chaplin’s World
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nest is a museum dedicated to Henri Nestlé and the Nestlé brand . . . it is also a café and restaurant (Sunday brunches) . . . its current incarnation will be in place until September 2019, after which the museum’s interactive parcours will take a digital turn . . . / current parcours: discover the orginal factory, through immersive experience Fondations, Vevey of the XIXth century . . . continue through Zeitgeist (here you get to touch, open and question the Nestlé archives . . . next comes Forum , a tactile experience, allowing you to understand the food challenges . . . and finish with enigmatic Visions, which explores innovation . . . / for the minis, a Mini Fabrique, where little ones are encouraged to play and get to scan their food items / price: adults: 18CHF and children 7,50CHF / 🗓opening hours: from 10h until 18h April until October / website / address: chaussée de la Guinguette 10, CH-1800, Vevey / tel: +41 21 924 40 40;

Musée Suisse du Jeu (La Tour-de-Peilz)

A scenic location in a castle overlooking Lac Léman, this museum tells the history of games (5000 years of history!) . . . and lets you play some of them too! / restaurant on-site: Joker / 🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11h until 17h30 / website and reviews / address: rue du Château 11; CH-1814, La Tour-de-Peilz / tel: +41 (0)21 977 23 00;


🇮🇹 ITALY 🇮🇹

🏰 Forte di Bard (Bard) 🏰 

This impressive fortess, which you may have driven past if heading up or down the Aosta Valley, was entirely renovated a few years back to accommodate a cultural complex: temporary exhibition spaces, museums, accommodation and hospitality all together! The 🏰 Forte di Bard opened to visitors in 2006, and you can now make your 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 and there is a lovely café/restaurant. The museums on offer here are: The Museum of the AlpsChildren’s Museum – Le Alpi dei Ragazzi (only open to the public on Sundays and during holidays); the Prison Museum; Il Ferdinando: Museo delle Fortificazioni e delle Frontiere / for more details about the wonderful Forte di Bard, or to plan a family visit, please see MBFF post or website / address: Forte di Bard, 1020, Bard (AO) Valle d’Aosta, Italy / tel: +39 0125 833811;

As well as regular, changing art exhibitions, every year the Forte di Bard hosts the fabulous 🦁📷 Wildlife Photographer of the Year from February until June / see MBFF post for more information;

© Isak Pretorius / Forte di Bard

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🏺 Roman ruins (Aosta) 🏺 

With the same ticket, you can visit lots of these Roman ruins in Aosta (your ticket gives you entry for a year): the Roman theatre, the Forensic cryptoporticus (Augustan era), the early Christian Basilica of San Lorenzo and the regional Archaeological Museum / more information / tel: (+39) 335 7981505 / 🗓 opening hours: October to March daily 10h to 13h and 14h to 17h; April to September daily 9h to 19h / price: 7€, under 18s 2€ and FREE for children under 6 years;

Roman cryptoporticus © http://www.lovevda.it/

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