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.

🗓 some dates for your diary, when there are special openings, FREE openings, and special guided visits, animations and workshops for the whole family;

  • 🗓 Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (Suisse) – weekend 12th & 13th September 2020;
© Journées du Patrimoine Suisse
  • 🗓 Journées Européennes du Patrimoine – weekend 19th & 20th September 2020;

Journées Européenes du Patrimoine 2020 © Culture au Pays du Mont-Blanc
  • 🗓 La Nuit Européenne des Musées – Saturday 14th November 2020 (delayed this year, from May!);
  • 🗓 FIRST SUNDAY of the MONTH – in 🇨🇭 Geneva & Nyon, 🇫🇷 Cluses & Annecy, many museums and temporary exhibitions are FREE on the first Sunday of each month from October until May (and all year-round in 🇨🇭 Geneva & Nyon);

[ note: this article will be updated every few months, as 🖼 temporary exhibitions come and go . . . Please do check opening hours with each individual establishment, as these are subject to change! ]

see MBFF article about 🖼 OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITIONS & EPHEMERAL OUTDOOR ART here;


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 🇮🇹 


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

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€ / parking: the nearest car park (paying) is the Parking du Mont-Blancsee here for more details;

[ 🏔 good to know: April 2020, saw the launch of a new online collection, the first digital platform collating collections from mountain museums, created by the Musée Alpin and the Museo Nazionale della Montagna de Turin : mountainmuseums.org;

address: La Résidence, 89 avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 25;
Le Prieuré et le Mont-Blanc by Johann Heinrich BLEULER © mountainmuseums.org / OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
L’Espace Tairraz – Musée des Cristaux

[ this museum is currently SHUT for renovation! Re-opening in 2020 ]

© Espace Tairraz – Musée des Cristaux
© Espace Tairraz – Musée des Cristaux

This fantastic museum, which was dedicated to mountaineering and mountain crystals, is under renovation and will reopen in 2020, to show off a brand new « jardin de la minéralogie alpine, française et mondiale  / 🗓 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 / price: FREE for under 18s (with family), adults 5,90€ 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!);

address: 615 allée du Recteur Payot, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33 (0)4 50 55 53 93;
L’Espace Tairraz © montblancfamilyfun.com
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 / 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€ / website / parking: the nearest paying car parks are St-Michel and Mont-Blanc;

🖼 upcoming exhibition: « Le Tour du Mont-Blanc » – œuvres d’Edi Cionsolo;

address: 90 rue des Moulins, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 78 95;
© Maison de la Patrimoine Janny Couttet

La Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet à Chamonix © montblancfamilyfun.com
Hôtel le Hameau Albert 1er

There are regular 🖼 temporary / see here for more details;

🖼 current exhibition: « High Altitude Cocktail » ( ⇒ 18th October 2020 ) from Chamonix-born artist Charlie Adam of Bungalow Graphics / FREE;

address: 38 route du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: +33(0)4 50 53 05 09;
© Bungalow Graphics
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 / website; 

address: 62 chemin du Cé, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc ;
Place de l’Aiguille du Midi & opposite Office de Tourisme

There are occasionally photo exhibitions in these two spots in Chamonix;

© Chamonix Tourisme
Place du Triangle de l’Amitié – Exposition Plein Air Frison-Roche: « l’homme de la neige et du sable »

Roger Frison-Roche, who died 20 years ago: 30 panels tracing his life and adventures, from the mountains to the burning deserts of the Sahara / exhibition put together by Catherine Cuenot and produced by the Compagnie des guides de Chamonix;

address: Place du Triangle de l'Amitié, 74400; Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;
© Chamonix Tourisme
📚 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) ]

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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 / website / parking: free parking on the hill behind the Tourist Office;

🖼 current exhibition: « Du Korti à l’Assiette » – an exhibition about local food and dishes (extented until 14th November 2020);

address: 2 place de l'Eglise, 74310, Les Houches / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 54 74;
© Musée Montagnard Les Houches
Le Musée Montagnard aux Houches © montblancfamilyfun.com
📚 Bibliothèque des Houches 📚 

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

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SERVOZ

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

🏔 La Maison du Lieutenant 🏔 

This old fortified manor house is home to the permanent exhibition MESALPES, « L’agriculture de montagne, Coeur du territoire » – this presents a link between the alpine culture and 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 / website / NEW café La Chirv’ette during the school holidays;

address: Maison du Lieutenant, 2231 Le hameau du Mont, 74310, Servoz;
La Maison du Lieutenant, Servoz © C Gilbert
🏔 La Maison de l’Alpage 🏔   

This old farm houses the permanent exhibition 🖼 « 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! / website;

address: Maison de l'Alpage , Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz / tel: 04 50 47 21 68; 

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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 du Village
🖼 La Pharmacie des Artistes 🖼 

🖼 La Pharmacie des Artistes is an art gallery, studio, picture framing shop and workshop space, run courtesy of:

  • Andy Parkin – world renound alpinist and local artist;
  • Tom Hine – of HineInk and picture framer;
  • Alexandrine – a local artist with a passion for adreneline sports;
  • and Leanna – gallery manager, curator and promoter;
  • and run in partnership with Peter and Anati of Rabbit on the Roof – hand-crafted skis;

Andy says on the FB page for La Pharmacie des Artistes: “ Climbing and life are, I believe, not about conquering or dominating, but adaptation. ” A good vision to have had, as he was forced to relocate after a fire at his previous studio Le Moulin des Artistes in Les Praz.

All artists – young and old – are welcome here, and there is a new art drop-in session for youngsters (8 to 16 years) on Wednesdays and Sundays, called Club Artistique (please check current status) / FB page;

address: 208 rue Charlet Straton, Argentière;

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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) / website;

address: Barberine, 74660,  Vallorcine / tel: +33 450 54 63 19;
La Maison de Barberine © chamonix.com

PASSY & PLATEAU d’ASSY

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

There are 🖼 regular temporary contemporary art exhibitions and music sessions in this gallery . . . / more information FB page;

© La Crèmerie
© La Crèmerie
Route de la sculpture contemporain

You’ll also find that Plateau d’Assy abounds with sculptures, along the winding road from Passy, and beautiful stained glass windows at ⛪️ the Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grace / for more information and guided tours, see here or here;

Sun and Mountains ” by Calder © Passy Mont-Blanc Tourisme
Notre Dame de Toute Grace at Plateau d’Assy © montblancfamilyfun.com
Cheminement en bord de l’Arve: parcours de l’eau artistique

As you walk along 💦 the Arve river from Mountain Store, you’ll be rewarded with some sculptures that explore the surrounding nature . . . / worksheet here;


SALLANCHES & COMBLOUX

🐻 Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (CNM) 🐻 

[ SHUT for renovations until 2020 or 2021 / 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 / website; 

address: Château des Rubins, 105 montée des Rubins, 74700, Sallanches / tel: +33 (0)4 50 58 32 13;
Centre de la Nature Montagnarde © montblancfamilyfun.com
📚 Médiathèque Ange Abrate 📚 

There are sometimes exhibitions at 📚 the médiathèque in Sallanches, and the library is named after Italian artist Ange Abrate, who settled in Sallanches!

Children’s Section in the médiathèque © montblancfamilyfun.com
📷 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

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COMBLOUX 

🐑 La Ferme à Isidore 🐑 

This 🏚 old farm, located near the centre of Combloux has sporadic exhibitions / price: 3,50€ and children 1€ (under 10s FREE) / more information: Combloux Tourisme;

address: (association du Musée de la PenteFerme à Isidorechemin de la Promenade, 74920, Combloux ;
© Combloux Tourisme
📚 Bibliothèque Municipale Combloux 📚 

There are regular 📷 temporary photo exhibitions at the bibliothèque in Combloux;

address: 83 route la Mairie, 74920, Combloux;
© Bibliothèque de Combloux

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

SAINT-GERVAIS
🎨 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 collective 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 article 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
🏔 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 Montjoux74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;
tel: 04 50 47 79 80; 
La Maison Forte de Hautetour © saintgervais.com

🖼 current exhibition: « Recoller la montagne – Bertrand Stofleth » – the new artist in residence, who is developing his photography in the area – ” Les photographies que je souhaite ainsi produire de ce territoire proposeront par leur lecture attentive, de s’arrêter et de regarder ce qui se joue, entre les grands paysages naturels et les ouvrages comme les multiples usages de (ré)appropriations des hommes qui l’habitent.

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme
🎨 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 160m² of exhibition space, 9m high / FREE to visit / 🗓 opening hours: open July to August, Tuesday to Sunday (14h to 18h) and September at the weekend, also 14h to 18h / guided visits in July & August and Toussaint holiday visits for schools and garderies;

summer 2020 exhibition: « Re-Generer -Matthieu Pilaud »;

address: Pile Pont Expo, culée du Pont de Saint-Gervais (rive gauche), 74170,  Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;
📷 Summer outdoor photography exhibition: « Les Rencontres Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc » (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
« 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.

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme
🎨 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 Main;

address: Salle Géo Dorival, 43 rue du Mont-Blanc, Saint-Gervais, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;
📚 Bibliothèque Municipale Fernand Braudel (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 📚 

There are occasional 🖼 temporary exhibitions here / current exhibition:

© Bibliothèque Fernand Braudel

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LE FAYET
🖼 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

🌟 NEW for 2020 (until September 2020) 🌟 – 🐮 the sequoia wood Hérens cows, by artist Kevin Churoux, carved from a 120 year old sequoia tree that was cut down due to illness;

Le Parc Thermal – Kevin Churoux sculpture © montblancfamilyfun.com
Le Parc Thermal – ancient sequoia © montblancfamilyfun.com

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SAINT-NICOLAS de VEROCE
⛪️ 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;

🖼 current temporary exhibition:

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

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

There are 🖼 regular outdoor exhibitions here . . .


Megève & Praz-sur-Arly 

MEGEVE
🏔 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;
🏔 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
⛪️ 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 / see here and here for more information / good to know – visit the buvette Refuge du Calvaire when there!

address: Montée du Calvaire74120, Megève;
Chemin du Calvaire © Sallanches Tourisme
📚 Médiathèque & Le Palais (Megève) 📚 

There are regular 🖼 temporary exhibitions at the médiathèque and at Le Palais;

address: Le Palais, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève;

🖼 current temporary exhibition: « Exposition Jean Marais: L’Eternelle Etoile de Cocteau », until 31st October 2020!

© Le Palais Megève

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PRAZ-sur-ARLY

Praz-sur-Arly regularly has 🎨 an exhibition of outdoor sculptures or photos throughout the town and on the pistes . . . and you’ll find sculptures from pralinois Louis Chabaud (famous for his ” art singulier “) in the mini-golf at Les Belles;

Mini Golf Art du Singulier @ Praz-sur-Arly

A new outdoor exhibition and at the Office de Tourisme, all about 🎨 le patrimoine touristique montagnard: « La naissance du tourisme montagnard » by Adrianna Wojcik Muffat Jeandet, will be on show around Praz-sur-Arly, from 1st February until 15th September 2020 [ Culture au Pays du Mont-Blanc: « Adrianna Muffat Jeandet Wojcik est une artiste plasticienne née en Pologne et ayant grandi en France. Son travail explore ses souvenirs de paysages, ses relations étroites avec la montagne, ses mondes intérieurs et diverses facettes de son subconscient. Elle s’est immergée dans le patrimoine photographique pralin et dans l’histoire du tourisme populaire montagnard. ✍️ Dans ses créations contemporaines(dessin, techniques mixtes), l’artiste a imaginé des paysages et a représenté ses acteurs du passé. »


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

🖼 Le Jardin de Samivel (Les Contamines-Montjoie) 🖼 

🖼 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) © montblancfamilyfun.com

🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE 🇫🇷 

good to know : in Cluses and Annecy – 🗓 from October until May – many museums and exhibitions are FREE on the first Sunday of the month! ⌋

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) / / website;

address: Espace Carpano & Pons, 100 place du 11 Novembre, 74300, Cluses / tel: 04 50 96 43 00;
Médiathèque Cluses

There are regular exhibitions at 📚 the Médiathèque de Cluses . . .

© Médiathèque Cluses
📷 Festival ❄️ « Image & Neige » (Cluses) ❄️📷

This 📷 photographic exhibition is an annual fixture in Cluses, at the Parvis des Esserts / 2020 was the 10th edition! / more information on FB page / I finally visited in 2020 – and really enjoyed chatting with the photographers present! Highly recommended!

© Festival Images & Neiges*

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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) good to know: great playgrounds on-site!

address: Parc Montessuit, 12 rue de Genève, 74100, Annemasse / tel: 04 50 38 84 61;
© Villa du Parc Annemasse

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LAC d’ANNECY & SOURCES du LAC d’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 / 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 / 🎨 also good to know: carnets découverte for children available / 🗓 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 / website;

address: place du Château, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 50 33 87 30;
Château d’Annecy © montblancfamilyfun.com

🖼 current temporary exhibition: « Passé à la Loupe », until 12th October 2020;

🏰 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€ / website;

address: 3 passage de l'Ile, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 56 49 40 37; 

🖼 current exhibition: « Le Cadre attire les Cadres (Economie et Industrie 1947/1968) », until end of 2020;

Palais de l’Ile © Ville d’Annecy
Palais de l’Ile © Ville d’Annecy
🎥 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;
© Ville d’Annecy
🐴 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;

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

address: 19 rue Guillaume Fichet 74000 Annecy / tel: 04 50 33 88 88;
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!) . . .

🖼 « 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;

MBFF visited in 2019, and LOVED it!!! 🗓 2020 dates: until 27th September 2020!

© Annecy Paysages 2020
Annecy Paysages © montblancfamilyfun.com
🌍 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! / 2020 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€ / website;

address: place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier, 74960, Annecy / tel: 04 50 08 17 00;

🖼 current exhibitions: « Très toucher » (7+ years) AND « Touche Atout » (3 to 6 years) until 7th March 2021 / programme;

© La Turbine
CAUE (Conseil d’Architecture, d’ Urbanisme et de l’ Environnement) Haute-Savoie

Le CAUE est créé pour promouvoir la qualité de l’ architecture, de l’ urbanisme et de l’ environnement. Le CAUE assume des missions de service public dans un cadre et un esprit associatifs. ” / more information here;

A new temporary exhibition: Conquetes Spatiales;

address: 7 esplanade Paul Grimault, Annecy / tel: 04 50 88 21 10

« 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 . . . / architecture students 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
La Forge & La Micro-Folie (Faverges-Seythenex)

Faverges-Seythenex engaged in an ambitious project: converting the old usine Bourgeois into an artistic and experimental hub / FREE / open Wednesdays 14h until 17h and Saturdays 9h until 12h ;

La Micro-Folie comprises:

  • un musée numérique – based on the principle: ” L’art et la culture pour tous ” / inspired by 🧪 the Folies du Parc de La Villette, and supported by the Château de Versaillesle Centre Pompidoule Louvrele Musée national Picassole musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chiracla Philharmonie de Paris, la RMN-Grand PalaisUniversciencele Festival d’Avignonl’Institut du Monde Arabel’Opéra National de Paris et le Musée d’Orsay, châteaux d’Europe), the public can henceforth enjoy the treasures of the nation, through the digital projection of the works of these great establishments! / you can visit this on your own, en famille, in a group, with virtual reality options;
  • FabuLabo – a creative lab / workshops from time to time;
  • Le Caf’Pop – a café of the people / talks and exchanges;
address: Tiers-lieu culturel La Forge, 130 rue Maurice Bourgeois, 74210, Faverges / tel: 04 50 63 11 73 / 06 19 45 85 93;
© La Forge

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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 page;

address: 50 rue de la République, 73000, Chambéry / tel: 04 79 60 04 25;

🖼 current exhibitions:

  • « Voyage dans le Système Solaire et au-delà ! », extended until 31st December 2020;
  • NEW: « Electrosound, les coulisses du son », until March 2021 – conceived by Octopus and Science Animation, you can discover behind the scenes of a concert hall or theatre!
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VALLÉE du GIFFRE

Maison du Patrimoine à Taninges

There are regular exhibitions at this maison de la patrimoine.

🖼 current exhibition: « Auberges, tavernes, cafés et hôtels à Taninges » – photos, texts and witness accounts across the 20th  century / more information here;

 

© Maison de la Patrimoine Taninges
La Chartreuse de Mélan (Taninges)

At the Chartreuse de Mélan, a 700 year old building used over the centuries as an abbey and an orphanage, you’ll find a Parc de Sculptures / as well as visits, there are regular exhibitions and events held here! / more information here;

Chartreuse de Mélan © Savoie Mont-Blanc Tourisme
Parcours d’Art Contemporain du Giffre – sentier « ART et NATURE » (Taninges ⇒ Morillon, Vallée de la Giffre)

The 🖼 Parcours d’Art Contemporain du Giffre – sentier « ART et NATURE » is set up between Morillon and Taninges, and passes through La Rivière-Enverse. It is a continuation of the notion of art in nature that starts at the Parc de Sculptures de la Chartreuse de Mélan (a progressive approach to contemporary art, in which each piece of art inorporates the artist’s view of the surrounding environment: the patrimoine and history of the site, the surrounding scenery of the Vallée du Giffre, the religious architecture of La Chartreuse de Mélan) and opens a dialogue between ancient history and modern sensibilities.

The sculptures are set along the Giffre river – an open air museum in anatural space, with information along the way / see here for more information;

address: 74440, La Rivière-Enverse;
L’Abbaye de Sixt (Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval)

🖼 current exhibition: « Scènes d’Antan », until 3rd July 2020 / the quotidien of yesteryear: a traditional house, une épicerie-buvette and a school / more information here;

Abbaye de Sixt © Wikipedian
© Abbaye de Sixt

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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: 🎞 « Lumière: le cinéma inventé », extended until 3rd January 2021;

© Palais Lumière Evian
🖼 Maison Gribaldi 🖼 

[ CURRENTLY SHUT ! RE-OPENING 2021 ]

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 / website;

address: ruelle du Nant d'Enfer, 74500, Évian-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 83 10 00;
Maison Garibaldi © Ville d’Evian

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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) / 🗓 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 / website;

[ 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;
La Maison du Salève © montblancfamilyfun.com

🖼 current temporary exhibition: « Les couloirs de la nuit », until 20th September 2020;

© Maison du Salève

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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 
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AIX-les-BAINS

Aqualis – l’éxperience lac (Aix-les-Bains)
Opened in 2019, Aqualis allows you to discover the Lac du Bourget in a modern museum, with workshops on offer, an escape game, guided visits, talks and more / FB page and website;
address: 52 esplanade Jean Murguet, Aix-les-Bains;
© Aqualis
Le Musée Faure (Aix-les-Bains)

Le Musée Faure, housed in a majestic 1900 villa donated to Aix-les-Bains by Docteur Jean Faure (1862-1942), hosts a rich collection of paintings and sculptures dating from 1850 to 1920. It also houses the second biggest French collection or Rodin sculptures!

address: 10 boulevard des Côtes, 73100, Aix-les-Bains;

© Musée Faure
© Musée Faure

temporary exhibition:

© Musée Faure

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LYON

There are 🖼 so many fabulous museums and temporary exhibitions on in Lyon – see here for a full list.

🖼 Le Musée des Confluences 🖼
Located at the 🌊 confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers (and hence the name of the museum!), 🖼 Le Musée des Confluences is immediately striking for its audacious modern architecture and its location on a presqu’île! (river peninsula). The permanent exhibition in the museum tells the story of mankind and looks at the origin of man, different cultures and the future of mankind too (exhibits from the first telephones to Egyptian mummies), and looks at the sciences of: anthropology, paleontology, minerology, ethnography and more! And then, there are also 🖼 temporary exhibitions too.

🖼 upcoming temporary exhibitions:

  • « L’oiseau rare, de l’hirondelle au kakapo » / see here;
  • « Une Afrique en Couleurs » / ” Loin des clichés noir et blanc et des sculptures de musées recouvertes d’une patine sombre et mystérieuse, cette exposition vous propose une immersion dans une Afrique où la couleur est reine. Statuettes, masques, parures de perles et pagnes multicolores racontent un univers foisonnant dans lequel s’entremêlent le profane et le sacré.” / see here;

[ full list of exhibitions here ]

🖼 La Sucrière – exposition & cultural centre 🖼 

In the heart of the docks area of Les Confluences in Lyon, you will find the emblematic industrial 1930s building 🖼 La Sucrière (once a sugar dépôt – hence the name – it was renovated in 2011), with its innovative and daring exhibitions / website & FB page;

address: 49-50 quai Rambaud, Lyon / tel: 04 27 82 69 40;

🖼 current exhibition: « Expo Saint-Exupéry » – from 14th October 2020 / more information here / billeterie;

© La Sucrière
© Expo Saint Exupéry
Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon

🖼 Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon is located on la place des Terreaux, in the heart of the Presqu’île, in an old XVIIth century Benedictine abbey. The old cloisters are now a jardin de sculptures, a peaceful spot in a busy city! ” Les collections encyclopédiques du musée présentent en cinq départements et 70 salles un panorama de grandes civilisations et d’écoles artistiques de l’Antiquité à nos jours ; elles offrent un parcours exceptionnel à travers 5 000 ans d’art et d’histoire. ” / website

🌊 current exhibition: « Picasso. Baigneuses et baigneurs » / reserve online here;

© Musée des Beaux Art de Lyon
© Musée des Beaux Art de Lyon (Pablo Picasso, « Joueurs de ballon sur la plage », Dinard, 15 août 1928. Paris, Musée National Picasso-Paris. © Succession Picasso 2020. Photo © RMN – Grand Palais (Musée National Picasso-Paris) / René Gabriel Ojéda
Mini World Lyon
The plus grand parc de miniatures animées en France ! / 3 different worlds to enjoy, spread across 3 000 m2 indoors  /open all year long! / restaurant La Place on-site / website & FB page;
🖼 current worlds:
  • Chérie, j’ai rétréci Lyon;
  • Les Aventuriers en briques LEGO® – the worlds of Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Jacques Cousteau, the Titanic . . . (from 3rd October 2020) ;
address: 3 avenue de Bohlen, 69120, Vaulx-en-Velin, nr Lyon / tel: 04 28 29 09 19;

🇨🇭 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 temporary 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 / website;

address: rue du Forum 59, 1920, Martigny, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 722 39 78;
🖼 current exhibition: « Chefs d’œuvre suisses. Collection Christoph Blocher » – depuis 1979, l’ancien conseiller fédéral Christoph Blocher a réuni une des plus prestigieuses collections d’art suisse, dont les points forts sont Anker et Hodler. La collection comprend aussi leurs prédécesseurs, leurs contemporains et leurs successeurs. L’exposition de Martigny actualise ainsi l’époque héroïque de l’art suisse à partir de la Confédération de 1848 jusqu’au jeune Alberto Giaocometti ” / 🗓 extended until 22nd November 2020;

© 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 / 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;

⌈ 🗓 good to know : in Geneva and Nyon, many museums and exhibitions are FREE on the first Sunday of the month! Here is the super website coovering Geneva’s many museums, with links direct to museum websites too ⌋

GENEVA & ENVIRONS

Botanical Gardens (Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques Genève)

There are sometimes 🖼 exhibitions at these 🌸 fabulous botanical gardens located near Lac Léman – either indoors in the greenhouses or library, or outdoors in the nature . . .

🖼 current exhitibion: « Carl von Martius: Discovering Tropical Biodiversity » in the library, until 24th December 2020 ( ” Between 1817 and 1820, Bavarian botanist, Carl von Martius, sets off to discover Brazil, thus becoming the first naturalist to describe the important plant diversity of the Amazon forest. During his expedition, Martius collected some 6000 plants which, upon his return to Europe, were then described and illustrated in the most beautiful scientific volumes of that time. This exhibition retraces the legendary journey of this explorer and highlights his passion for the most emblematic family of the tropical plants: the palm trees. It also reveals the scientific links that Martius maintained with some of the 19th century most renowned botanists in Geneva. Beautiful sheets are displayed, as well as original corresponences belonging to the extremly rich CJBG’s Library collection. ” ) / see here for more information;

🖼 current exhitibion: « (r)evolution » – until 18th October 2020 – learn and understand the main mechanisms of evolution which led to vast biodiversity on the earth tha we must protect! / FREE!

🐧 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) website / 🗓 good to know: on the first Sunday of the month, this museum’s temporary exhibitions are FREE!

address: 1 route de Malagnou, 1208, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00;
© Ville de Genève / Muséum Genève

NEW exhibitions from 25th September 2020 ⇒ 27th June 2021 (to celebrate 200 years!):

  • « Wildlife Photographer of the Year »;
  • « Bouteille à la mer 2120 – Te Ao Mãori »;
« Bouteille à la mer 2120 – Te Ao Mãori » © Ville de Genève / Muséum Genève
  • « Trésors, 200 ans d’histoire naturelle à 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 / 🔬 good to know: les mercredis des sciences – workshops for children / 🗺 also good to know: ask for the brochure to accompany the exhibition, and also the orienteering parcours leaflet for the park at the reception, and go explore! / 🗓 opening hours: 10h to 17h (shut Tuesday) / website / every two years, La Nuit de la Science takes place here;

🗓 current temporary exhbition: « Le théatre des expériences: enseigner la physique par la démonstration et l’expérience », until 21st February 2021 – explaining physics through demonstrations and experiments (as was taught by the savant genevois Marc-Auguste Pictet (1752-1825) during his lessons taught over 40 years at the Academy, and also during his public salons; he also had a fabulous set of scientific instruments, which are on display during this exhibition, as well as interactive exhibitions to try out his tests / see here;

address: Parc de La Perle du Lac, 128 rue de Lausanne 1202, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: 41 22 418 50 60 
« Le théatre des expériences : enseigner la physique par la démonstration et l’expérience » © 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 / see MBFF article 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);

🖼 NEW temporary exhibition: « Jean Dubuffet, un barbare en Europe » from September 2020 (postponed) / this exhibition will recount the life and works of Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), painter, sculptor and writer, and will specifically concentrate on the artist’s visit to Switzerland (and to the MEG!), after the WW2 – a trip that would define the « l’Art Brut » / this exhibition brings together around 300 works of art and is organised with the collaboration of la Fondation Dubuffet and Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, and co-produced with le Mucem (Marseille) and l’IVAM (Institut d’art moderne de Valence, Espagne) / MEG website information;

address: boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67,1205, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)22 418 45 50 ;
« 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 article;

🌈 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;
address: rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206, Geneva; 

🖼 current temporary exhibition: « L’Enfant dans l’Art Suisse: d’Agasse À Hodler », until 31st December 2020 / more information here;

© MAH
🖼 Musée Rath 🖼 

The 🖼 Musée Rath hosts the MAH’s larger temporary exhibitions / Located next to the Grand Théâtre and the Conservatoire de musique on la Place de Neuve, the 🏛 Musée Rath is a protected building since 1921. Open to the public in 1826, thanks to the generosity of the Rath sisters, it was the first museum of fine art in Switzerland, a « un temple des muses » / 🗓 opening hours: 11h to 18h / website

address: place Neuve, 1204, Geneve / tel: +41 (0)22 418 33 40; 

🖼 upcoming temporary exhibition: « Fred Boissonnas et la Méditerranée: une odyssée photographique », 25th September 2020 until 31st January 2021 / more information here / price of exhibition: CHF10 to 15 and FREE for under 18s

© Musée Rath

🎨 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 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;
address: 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Genève / tel: +41 22 320 61 22;
🎨 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) / website / 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;

🎨 workshops & 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 Wednesday or 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 / 🥗 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;

address: avenue de la Paix 17, 1202, Genève / tel: +41 (0)22 748 95 11;
© 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 website / 🗓 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;

🎨 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);
  • 📱 Geologex – a treasure hunt on your Smartphone;
  • 📱 Pyrim de Cobalt: un mystère à l’Ariana – another treasure hunt on your Smartphone!
  • 🎨 for more information about workshops / services for families and children, see here;
  • 🏺 current exhibitions – 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 / website; 

address: 8 rue Munier-Romilly, 1206, Geneva / tel: +41 22 704 32 82;
© Fondation 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;
Le Musée Barbier-Mueller © Le Musée Barbier-Mueller / photo Luis Lourenço
Quartier Libre SIG  

There are regular 🖼 temporary exhibitions at this super little exhibition space in central Geneva, on a tiny islet on the Rhône and next to Lac Léman:

📚 upcoming exhibition: One, Two . . . Street Art – an interactive exhibition, organised in collaboration with Little Beaux-Arts and le Musée en Herbe, exploring street art from its origins until current day; exploring 50 street artists!  / FREE! / website;

address: Quartier Libre SIG, Pont de la Machine, 1204, Genève;
© Quartier Libre SIG
📚 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
✨ Festival Geneva Lux (centre of Geneva) ✨

Geneva Lux, the Ville de Genève‘s very own light festival runs for a week or so at the end of January, with 26 light installations (and 11 new ones, including the cute Anooki with their environmental message!) / see website for more information / TWO family parcours! / wrap up warmly for your evening stroll!

© Festival Geneva Lux
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 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 / 🗓 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 / website;

address: rue des Bains 33, 1205, Geneva (Plainpalais);
© Exploracentre

🎨 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 or website for more details / no need to reserve! / aimed at children up to the age of 6 years / 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! / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring draisienne!);

address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90;
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
Musée de Carouge (Carouge, nr Geneva)

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! / website;

address: Place de Sardaigne 2, 1227, Carouge / tel: +41 (0)22 307 93 80;
© Musée de Carouge

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

In Nyon, a combined ticket covers entrance to all 3 museums in the town (and all three are FREE on a Sunday), valid 12 months

🐠 Musée du Léman & 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!) / 🗓 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 / CHF 7 per child (museum entrance free) / 🌈 super playground right next door and picnic spot! / website;

[ 🗓 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 ]

address: quai Louis-Bonnard 8, 1260, Nyon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 316 42 50;

🖼 temporary exhibitions: 

  • 🌊 Un Tsunami sur le Léman – until 2022;
  • 🖼 Des Rives et des Crètes – until November 2020;
🏛 Le Musée Romain de Nyon 🏛

The foundations of the basilica of the forum were discovered in 1974 and since 1979 the 🏛 Musée Romain has been here, within the walls, allowing visitors a glimpse into the world of ancient Noviodunum / 🗓 opening hours: November to March, Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 17h; April to October, 10h to 17h / website;

address: rue Maupertuis 9, CH-1260, Nyon / tel: +41 22 316 42 80;
© Musée Romain de Nyon
© Musée Romain de Nyon
🏰 Le Château de Nyon 🏰

Originally a maison forte (fortified house) dating from the middle of the 12th century, 🏰 the Château de Nyon was altered in the 16th century by the Bernese. After the Vaud Revolution of 1798, the castle was bought by the City of Nyon, and it therefore contains: courts, assemblies of the municipal council, prisons and, since 1888, the museum. The castle was completely restored between 1999 and 2006, and it holds a large collection of porcelain produced in the 18th century in the famous Nyon factory as well as objects that tell us about Nyon’s 3000 year history. It also offers temporary exhibitions devoted to historical themes or contemporary art / website;

🖼 current temporary exhibition:  « Sentiments, signes, passions – à propos du livre d’image », “une exposition inédite imaginée avec Jean-Luc Godard et produite par @visionsdureel ” / more information here;

address: Château de Nyon, Place du Château, CH - 1260 Nyon;
tel: +41 (0)22 316 42 73;
© Château de Nyon
© Château de Nyon
🏰🌷 Château et Jardins de Prangins (near Nyon) 🌷🏰
© Château de Prangins
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 a couple of winters ago, 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 / see website for more details;

[ 🌳 Olympic Park – there is a lot of fun to be had with kids outside the museum, in the grounds overlooking Lac Léman . . . you’ll find sculptures, including the Footballers of Niki de St Phalle ]

address: The Olympic Museum, 1 quai d'Ouchy, 1006, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 21 621 65 11;

 

🌳 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 / website;

address: Vallée de la Jeunesse 1, 1007, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)21 315 68 80;

🌳 upcoming exhibition: « Tic tac tectonique » – from 10th October 2020;

© 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 / see website for more details;

address: AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium,route de Berne 144, 1010, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)21 654 23 23; 
© Aquarium Vivarium Aquatis Lausanne
VEVEY
Villa “Le Lac” Le Corbusier (Corseaux, near Vevey)

La Villa “Le Lac” is a small house built by famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier for parents in 1923, in Corseaux. Since 2010, it is a museum structure offering: temporary exhibitions, an eduction centre working with higher education and the building is (since 2016) listed in Patrimoine Mondial de l’UNESCO / 🗓 opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11h until 17h / website;

address: route de Lavaux 21, Corseaux;

🖼 current exhibition: John-Francis Lecoultre – un pastelliste d’exception / from 20th December 2020 / with a similar life trajectory as Corbusier, ” his work is related to the 19th century art movement known as pleinairism, his work shows some influence of the aesthetics of the 1930s and is distinguished by this rare choice of the pastel.

© Villa “Le Lac” Le Corbusier
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
nest

🍫 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 🇮🇹

AOSTA VALLEY
🏰 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 Alps; 🏔 Children’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 article or website;

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 (2020 – extended!) / see MBFF article for more information;

⇒ to see 🖼 current temporary exhibitions, see here / current exhibition: La montagne titanesque de Renato Chabod, until 10th January 2021 / a retrospective of Renato Chabod (1909-1990), 30 years after his death: ” figure représentative de la vie politique, de la culture et de l’alpinisme valdôtain et national. Seul sénateur de la Vallée d’Aoste à avoir exercé la fonction de Vice-président du Sénat, Chabod a été pendant de nombreuses années Président Général du Cai (Club alpin italien) et du Caai (Club alpin académique italien). À travers l’étude et la présentation d’une soixantaine de ses peintures (huiles sur contreplaqué), de journaux alpins et de croquis à main levée, l’exposition organisée par l’historienne de l’art Sandra Barberi, vise à tisser un lien non seulement interprétatif mais aussi humain et intellectuel entre ses œuvres, sa vie publique et privée et son engagement civil. S’il est vrai que ses œuvres peuvent être inscrites dans ce vaste courant de la peinture de montagne qui s’est développé, avec un grand succès et à travers de multiples solutions d’expression, le long de l’arc alpin entre la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle et la première moitié du XXe siècle, il ne fait aucun doute que Chabod échappe à toute classification au sein des écoles ou des traditions paysagères établies. La clé de lecture de sa peinture réside précisément dans le fait qu’il est un alpiniste. Les montagnes qu’il peint sont celles qu’il a connues à travers l’expérience sensorielle de l’escalade, dans un dialogue muet avec le sommet à affronter, qui exclut tout autre être vivant.

address: Forte di Bard, 1020, Bard (AO) Valle d’Aosta, Italy / tel: +39 0125 833811;
© Isak Pretorius / Forte di Bard
🖼 Castello Gamba (Châtillon) 🖼 

Another juxtaposition of 🏰 castle and 🖼 modern & contemporary art in the Aosta Valley! This time in the town of Châtillon, a renovated 20th century castle now houses the region’s art collection . . . and also, not to be missed are the most 🌳 magnificent gardens & park surrounding the castle, with a majestic California redwood and more! / highly recommended by MBFF! / website / read more about our family’s visit in separate article here;

🖼 🖼 🖼

🏺 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 / 🗓 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;

address: Aosta, Italy / tel: (+39) 335 7981505;

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