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Chablais museum

2 rue Michaud
Château de Sonnaz

Opened in 1863, the museum is in the vaulted cellars of the Château de Sonnaz, a 17th century residence perched above the Port de Rives and Lake Geneva, which hosted many Savoy princes

2016: the illuminators and Duke Amadeus VIII The Chablais museum will house an exhibition on the Apocalypse manuscript ordered by Savoyard Duke Amadeus VIII in 1432. Part of this medieval illumination masterpiece, currently kept in Madrid, was created in Thonon. Against a «Savoyard» backdrop, it illustrates the key moments in this enigmatic and symbolic text. This 2016 exhibition will feature the creation of the manuscript, the deciphering and interpretation of the Apocalypse text, the representations of the end of the world through the ages and cultures. Permanent exhibits: "La frontière, histoires de contrebande" (The Frontier, Smugglers’ Stories): Explore the history of the Chablais region where a wide range of goods illegally passed through at this exhibit displaying smugglers’ plans and customs seizures! "Les barques du Léman: chroniques d'une navigation disparue" (Lake Geneva Boats: Chronicles of a Bygone Form of Transport): Models, paintings and objects chronicle the history of these boats with lateen sails which transported tons of rocks from the Meillerie quarries to build modern Geneva. "Portrait sensible de Marguerite Peltzer" (A Sensitive Portrait of Marguerite Peltzer): Local figure and world famous artist, Marguerite Peltzer was a talented sculptor who has used a range of materials and dealt with difficult and violent subjects as well as classically beautiful pieces. View her major works and the incredible pieces on display in a reconstruction of the workshop as she left it when she died.

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From 25/03 to 30/06/2017 between 2.30 PM and 6 PM.
Closed monday and tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st and May 8th.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2017, daily between 10 AM and 6.30 PM.

From 01/09 to 08/11/2017 between 2.30 PM and 6 PM.
Closed monday and tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.

From 14/11 to 24/03, daily.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st, May 8th, November 1st and November 11th.

  • In centre of town
  • Close to a public transportation
  • Town location
  • Close to pleasure port

Adult: 2.40 €
Child (11-18 years): 2 €.
Free entry for children < 11 years.

Payment method
  • Cash Cash

Equipment & comfort

Adapted Tourism
  • Hearing disability
  • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Unguided individual tours

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Discover the history of Thonon along a circuit punctuated with stops at the main historical sites. The funicular will allow you to reach Port de Rives, where topics concerning Lake Geneva will be considered (formation of the lake, fishing, transport, fauna, flora).
Sonnaz Castle

Sonnaz Castle

Château de Sonnaz was built in 1666 on the ruins of Thonon’s medieval château. It belonged to the Gerbaix de Sonnaz, one of Savoie’s oldest families. It now houses the Musée du Chablais and Thonon-les-Bains Tourist Office.
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Exposition écomusée de la pêche et du lac

Opened in 1987, the Fishing and Lake Ecomuseum naturally found a home in a fishing village in the Port de Rives. Set up in three traditional huts, it keeps alive the memory of professional fishermen in Lake Geneva, but also reflects their work today.