The Old Customs House

  • Savoie Mont Blanc Excellence
  • Réductions Multi Pass 2022
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Presentation

Open the door of Châtel's Old Customs House to discover a different side to this cross-border region.
Children and adults will enjoy a fascinating trip back in time, learning about the game of cat and mouse that went on between the smugglers and the customs officers (known as "gabelous") in the mountains of the Portes du Soleil before the advent of winter sports. With lots of eyewitness accounts and a fascinating exhibition packed with documents and illustrations, the Old Customs House tells the story of a picturesque world full of surprises!
Temporary exhibition: "Black gold and grain of salt".
Did you know that salt, the ‘white gold’ of the 18th century, and oil, the ‘black gold’ of the modern day, have much in common? In those far off days as now, these commodities were and are a valuable part of our everyday lives, hence their national strategic importance, both in terms of tax revenue and foreign policy. As a result, both ‘white gold’ and ‘black gold’ have crossed the border as contraband, with rival smugglers and customs officials playing an ingenious cat-and-mouse game…
Groups welcome all year round by reservation
OpeningsFrom 25/04 to 29/04/2022 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Saturday.

From 12/06 to 30/06/2022 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Saturday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm. On Wednesday and Friday between 2 pm and 7 pm.
Closed on Saturday.

From 01/09 to 16/09/2022 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Saturday.

From 17/09 to 18/09/2022
Opening hours between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 19/09 to 30/09/2022, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm.
Labels
  • Affiliation labels :
    • Savoie Mont Blanc Excellence
  • Criteres internes :
    • Réductions Multi Pass 2022
Practical informations
  • Visits :
    • Average individual visit length (minutes) 60
  • Tour language(s) :
    • French
  • Audio-guide language(s) :
    • French
    • English
    • Dutch
  • Documentation language(s) :
    • German
    • English
    • French
    • Italian
    • Dutch
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
    • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the site
    • Vertical signage of parking spaces
    • Even flooring with no obstacles
    • Absence of slope > 5%
    • Doors >=77 cm wide
    • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
    • Site, building totally accessible
  • Accessible tourism :
    • Reception staff made aware of the importance of welcoming people with disabilities
  • Client profile :
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    • Client profile
    • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
    • Cycle 3: college (6th)
Features / Thematic
  • Type of culturel patrimony :
    • Interpretation Centre
  • themes :
    • Folk art and traditions
Services/Visits
  • Parking :
    • Parking
  • Individual tour services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
    • Guided individual tours on request
  • Group tour services :
    • Guided group tours on request
  • Interior facilities :
    • Lift
    • Toilets
  • Cultural leisure facilities :
    • Exhibition space
  • Help for client/transport :
    • Coach access
  • Shop :
    • Shop

To know

Bons plansDiscount with the Multi Pass.

Tarifs

FaresRates periodMinMax
20/09/2021 - 31/10/2022
AdultA l'année4.50€
Child (8-15 years)A l'année3.50€
Group adultsA l'année3.50€
Group childrenA l'année3.50€
Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child)
  • Payment methods :
    • Bank/credit card
    • Cheque
    • Cash
    • Credit transfer
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Contact us
The Old Customs House
1277, route de Vonnes
74390
Châtel
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Phone : +33 4 50 71 75 11
Phone : +33 4 57 26 90 04
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
    • English

Location

Shuttle line 4, stop "Les Fioles".
Parking nearby.