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).
Chateau des Allymes
Military fortress dating back to the 14th century with dungeons. In good condition thanks to various restoration projects. Seasonal opening hours. At Breydevent, Amberieu-en-Bugey (01).
Musee Faure
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).
Musee Departmentale
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).
Chapelle dAbondance
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).
Musee Dauphinois
Located in an old convent, the museum opened in 1906. It is the work of one man Hippolyte Muller and aims to chart the history of alpine life through the years. Free entry at 30 rue Maurice Gignoux, Grenoble (38).
Ecomusee du Bois
Museum tracing the history of the forestry industry in Haute Savoie. Guided tours possible of the museum and the surrounding forests. Seasonal opening hours. Based in the Vallee de Montremont, Thones (74).
Chateau de Voltaire
Guided tours of the Chateau where Voltaire spent the last 20 years of his life. Opens from May through to September (closed Mondays). Located at allee du Chateau, Ferney Voltaire (01).
Musee Hebert
Private museum located in the family home, La Tronche, of the painter Ernest Hebert with works by the painter and his contemporaries. Open daily apart from Tuesdays from 10:00-18:00. Chemin Hebert, La Tronche (38)
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).
Abbaye Benedictine
Gothic abbey still in use. Opens all year round and holds music concerts in September and October. At Ambronay Bugey (01).
Musee Lapidaire
Archaeological museum also charting the history of Aix-les-Bains. At Aix-les Bains (73).
Atelier du Livre
Museum charting history of books and printing. Restored 18th century press on display. Guided tours possible. Opens Monday to Saturday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00. More information at the Tourist Office. At Ferney Voltaire (01).
Espace Tairraz
Exhibition centre which also houses the Musee des Christaux with its exhibition of chrystals and minerals that can be found around Mont Blanc. Open daily from 14:00-19:00. At 615 allee du Recteur Payot, Parvis Saint Michel, Chamonix.
Musee Montagnard
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).
Musee Alpin
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).
La Maison des Jeux Olympiques
Visit the Olympic stadium used for the 1992 winter games. exhibitions showing the history of the Olympic movement as well as how the stadium was created. Seasonal opening times. At 11 rue Pargoud, Albertville (73).
Musee dHuez et de lOisans
Discover what the middle ages in Alpe dHuez was like, by visiting this museum, linked to an archeological site. Open every day except Saturday, from 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-19:00. Route de la Poste, Alpe dHuez (38).
Musee de Grenoble
Art and sculpture in one of Frances most prestigious museums. Open every day except Tuesday, 10:00-18:30. At 5 place de Lavalette, Grenoble (38).
Chateau de Vizille
Magnificent chateau built between 1600 and 1619. Large artistic collections on display as well as history of the French Revolution. Gardens also. Seasonal opening. At Vizille (38).
Musee dArt et dHistoire
Museum showing the history of Albertville including traditional skills and trades as well as items of artistic interest. Seasonal opening hours. Albertville (73).

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