A house dating from 1750 is home to the museum, recording the mountain way of life via the recreation of a traditional dwelling and displaying every day objects in their original setting.
The Montagnard museum is located in one of the oldest house of the center of the village. The museum presents a collection of ethnographic objects used in the Arve valley for agro pastoral activities in the villages and in the pastures.
Three rooms of the traditional housing is represented in the museum: the “pèle” (bedroom and living room), the “outa” (kitchen) and the “sarto” (cellar). Two rooms are dedicated to the temporary exhibition. At the ground floor, you’ll find objects in relation with the processing of milk, the porterage, the farm work and the immigration in Les Houches at the 19th century.
Albert Laprade was behind the creation of the museum. In the 20’s, he discovered the Charousse pastures. He will then undertake to preserve the integrity of this pasture and buy one after the other the pasture chalets there. Meanwhile, he collected a lot of objects in in relation with the the way of life of formerly. In 1977, he gave this collection to the municipality of Les Houches. The museum was thus born.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION « From the garden to the plate »
From the 1st of July 2019 to the 30th of April 2020.
From the color of honey to the ingredients of the soup, from the arrival of sugar to the regulations about alcohol, come and discover how the eating and drinking has evolved in Les Houches through the two last centuries. Through different objects and themes (production, drinking, storing, buying, consuming), this exhibition shows you the different food practice from the 19th century to nowadays. Far from the touristic food, you’ll find out more about Les Houches’ History and its inhabitants throughout their vegetables, recipes and shops.
Guided tours, activities and workshops for all ages are organized throughout the year.
Groups: guided visit of the permanent exhibition on booking all year round (max. 19 persons)
Individual: guided visit on booking all year round (min. 2 persons)
Guided individual tours
Unguided group tours
Guided group tours
Unguided individual tours
Rates and schedule
Full price: 4 €
Reduced price: 3 € (Reduced fare upon presentation of the voucher : (Guest card, resident, seasonal, senior, student, local, large family, disabled).)
Group adults: 3 €
Group children: 2.50 €.
Free entry for children < 18 years.
Group rate available for > 10 people.
MUSEUM PASS - 12€: unlimited access for 1 year to the museums of the Valley of Chamonix: Maison de l'Alpage et Maison du Lieutenant in Servoz, Musée Montagnard in Les Houches, Espace Tairraz, Musée Alpin and Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine in Chamonix and finally Maison Barberine in Vallorcine.
For sale at the entrance of the museums; bring your ViaCham card and an ID photo.
Modes de paiement
From 02/01 to 03/01/2020, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
From 12/02 to 06/03/2020, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
From 08/04 to 30/04/2020, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Townhall car park
Free parking of the Town Hall. Parking disc required.
Maximal parking time: 1hr.
After discovering the museum thanks to an "object hunt" through the different rooms reconstructing a traditional home in the Valley, find out about the lifestyles and agropastoral practices of the past in the mountains.