Museums & Monuments
Musee Chateau dAnnecy
This 13th century chateau houses the regional observatory for the Alpine Lakes and exhibits artwork on the themes of ecology, archaeology and the surrounding lakes. Seasonal opening hours. At Place du Chateau, Annecy (74).
Docteur Faure was a pharmacist who lived in Aix-les-Bains. He spent a lot of his time in Paris where he loved to buy art. His collection of mainly impressionist paintings are on show at the museum. At 10 bd des Cotes, Aix-les-Bains (73).
Museum with interesting archaeological collections from the bronze and iron ages, everyday objects and furniture from the Queyras valley. Seasonal opening hours. At avenue Marechal Foch, Gap (05).
Including the museum of skiing. Demonstrations in the winter of old skiing techniques and equipment. More information and bookings at the Tourist Office in Chatel (74).
Chateau de la Roche du Roi
This extravagant folly was built by the town architect, the elder Jules Pin. A real oriental palace with a dungeon as well as a terrace and balconies. Contact the Tourist Office at the number below for more information. At Aix-les-Bains (73).
Musee de lAncien Eveche
Located in the centre of Grenoble, the museum is in a former Bishops palace and houses a collection that tells the story of the Isere region from prehistoric times to the present. Open daily from 09:00-18:00, closed Tuesday morning. 2 rue Tres-Cloitres
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Featuring a collection of works from the 14th to the 20th century including paintings by Paolo Uccello, Luca Giordano and Claudio Francesco Beaumont. Open 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00, closed Tuesdays. At Place du Palais-de-Justice, Chambery (73).
Conservatoire dArt et dHistoire
Art and history museum with paintings and sculptures from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Open from 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00. Closed weekends during the winter. At 18, avenue de Tresum, Annecy (74).
Gothic abbey still in use. Opens all year round and holds music concerts in September and October. At Ambronay Bugey (01).
Archaeological museum also charting the history of Aix-les-Bains. At Aix-les Bains (73).
The museum presents an evolution of rural life through the reconstuction of traditional dwelling pieces, and modern objects of daily life. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 15:00-18:00, guided tours available. 2 place de la Eglise, Les Houches (74).
An exhibition of exceptional documentation on alpinism, skiing and the history of the valley is on display. Also maps and a collection of prints. Open each day in the winter season, from 15:00-19:00. Avenue Michel Croz, Chamonix (74).
Musee de la Poterie Savoyarde
Museum of Savoie pottery. Guided tours possible in the summer. Situated at Poterie de la Cote, Evires (74).