The Old Customs House

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  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • Exposition 70 ans
  • La Vieille Douane
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  • La Vieille Douane
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • Exposition 70 ans
  • La Vieille Douane
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • Exposition 70 ans
  • La Vieille Douane
  • La Vieille Douane
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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: 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
Opening

From Sunday 16 to Sunday 30 June 2019

Every day except Saturday

14:00 to 18:00

From Monday 01 July to Saturday 31 August 2019

Every day except Saturday

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 10am to noon and from 2 to 6pm Wednesday fom 2pm to 8pm. Guided tour Tuesday and Thursday at 3.30pm, Wednesday at 6pm.

From Sunday 01 to Sunday 15 September 2019

Every day except Saturday

14:00 to 18:00

From Monday 16 September to Sunday 27 October 2019

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

14:00 to 17:00

Practical informations
  • Visites :
    • Average group visit length (minutes) 60
    • 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 :
    • Accessible tourism
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

Tarifs

FaresMinMax
23/12/2018 - 27/10/2019
Adult4.50€
Child (8-15 years)3.50€
Group adults3.50€
Group children3.50€
Guided tour: +€2/adult.
Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child)
Audioguide supplement: €1.
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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

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