The mountain museum evokes rural life in the mountains through the reconstitution of the rooms of the traditional habitat and the presentation of ethnographic objects used in the past in the valley of Chamonix.

Museum The Mountain Museum Les Houches


Les Houches (74310)
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request
Average duration of an individual visit : 01h30

Since 1977, the Musée Montagnard has been housed in one of the oldest houses in the center of Les Houches. Through thematic rooms and three reconstructed rooms of the traditional habitat, it presents a collection of objects used in the past in the Chamonix valley for agropastoral tasks and daily life. Two rooms house the temporary exhibition, which is renewed every year.

From July 1, 2023 to September 22, 2024: ART WORKS IN LES HOUCHES, 1860-2023
In Les Houches, three types of civil engineering structures were built throughout the commune:

- tunnels, bridges, including the emblematic Sainte-Marie viaduct, to facilitate access to the valley
the valley by rail or road
- avalanche barriers and other devices to protect against natural disasters
- hydroelectric dams and other renewable energy suppliers

The temporary exhibition presented at the Musée Montagnard in partnership with the Dans l'temps association retraces the history and current status of these engineering structures, which are landmarks of the region.

Guided tours, events and workshops for young and old are offered during the school vacations.

Self-guided "Object Hunt": Keep your eyes peeled for objects in the museum that will reveal their secrets!
Ages 3 and up / Free / On request from reception during opening hours.

Groups : Guided tours of the permanent exhibition by appointment all year round
Individuals and families: Self-guided or guided tours of the permanent exhibition by prior arrangement outside school vacations (minimum 5 people, Monday to Thursday +33 (0)7 60 04 14 26).

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    Full price: 4.20 €
    Reduced price: 3.20 €
    Group adults: 3.20 €
    Group children: 2.60 €.

    Free entry for children < 18 years.
    Group rate available for > 10 people.

    MUSEUM PASS € 15: Unlimited entry for 1 year for all museums in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc valley network
    For sale at the entrance of the museums; bring your ViaCham card and an ID photo.

    Methods of payment accepted : Bank/credit card, Check, Cash


    Open to children
    Languages spoken : English, French
    Languages of documentation : French
    Languages visits : French

    Family activities :
    What is embroidery? Take a look at the museum's collections before trying your hand at embroidery using lacing (from age 4) or cross-stitch (from age 6).
    Duration: 2 hours / Price: €4.20 per participant

    Tuesday 24th October at 10am
    Take a trip back in time: observe, share and slip into the costume of a mountain dweller to discover and experience the activities of days gone by.
    From 5 years old / Duration 1h30 / Price: €3 child, adult admission fee

    Reservations required until the day before the activity at Les Houches Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 55 50 62


    From 06/04 to 05/05/2024
    Opening hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
    Closed exceptionally on May 1st.

    From 06/05 to 30/06/2024.
    Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    Monday to Thursday, booking only.

    Labels and rating

    Municipal museum

    • Shop
    • Parking
    • Exhibition space
    • Lift
    • Toilets
    • Entertainments room
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Activity
    • Children's entertainment


    2 rue de l'Eglise 74310 Les Houches

    Nearest bus stop : Les Houches Mairie bus stop
    Nearest train stop : Les Houches train station
    Nearest car parks: Mairie / Freney (Carrefour Contact)

    More informations

    Information update on 12/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc