Alpe d’Huez Museum of History and Archaeology


The Alpe d'Huez Museum of History and Archaeology is the only structure in a high-altitude resort to have been awarded the Musée de France label. It traces the long history of the village of Huez and its mountain pastures, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The museum presents visitors with two new scenographies through the permanent exhibitions "Le spectacle de la montagne" and "Brandes et la ruée vers l'argent des XIIe et XIIIe siècles". There's also a space dedicated to the Second World War, with the exhibition "Eté 1944. Le Maquis de l'Oisans".


These exhibitions punctuate the Museum's visitor itinerary:

"The Mountain Show

Presented from December 2022, this permanent exhibition tells the story of the transformation of the "Vieil Alpe" alpine chalets into hotels, forming an internationally-renowned alpine resort from the 1980s-90s onwards. Featuring 4 historical kiosks, richly illustrated with photographs covering the periods 1923-1939, 1945-1973, 1974-1989, 1990-2022, this exhibition with its immersive, explanatory cubes reveals this rich history to the curious, with the role of the ski pioneers, the heyday of the traditional, family-run hotel business in the 1930s to 60s, sporting events such as the Tour de France, new snow-related activities such as snowboarding in the 1980s, summer skiing and ever-increasing events such as Tomorrowland Winter. In addition, the architectural and urban development of the resort is highlighted in the exhibition by a touch table (historical and 3D models of the resort's districts) and an interactive terminal featuring several witnesses to this urban development. The Alpe's built heritage (hotels, ski lifts, public buildings, Rif Nel, individual chalets, etc.) is also presented. Finally, INA films and a children's area will attract the attention of adults and children alike.

"Brandes and the silver rush of the 12th and 13th centuries".

Looking around Alpe d'Huez today, who would believe that in the Middle Ages, a community of men, women and children settled on the Brandes plateau, at the foot of the Saint-Nicolas rock, to extract silver ore from the mountain at an altitude of over 1800m? And yet, from the 12th to the 14th century, these inhabitants of the mining village of Brandes (the highest in Europe for this period) lived there year-round, despite the difficult climatic conditions from October to April. This technical and human history was revealed by the archaeological digs begun in 1977 by MC Bailly-Maître and her teams of scientists and volunteers. The discoveries made during these excavations (mining techniques, the manufacture of Brandes silver dust, religious practices and daily life, military construction) led to the creation of the Maison du Patrimoine in 1982, which became the Musée d'Huez et de l'Oisans and today the Musée d'histoire et d'archéologie de l'Alpe d'Huez. The museum was awarded the "Musée de France" label in 2002 and moved to the Palais des Sports et des Congrès on the 1st floor in 2012. A new scenography presenting the archaeological collection is visible and contextualizes the artifacts found underground.

"Summer 1944. Le Maquis de l'Oisans".

Finally, let's not forget the extraordinary saga of the Oisans Maquis during the Second World War. Although the mountains seem to be an unspoilt area, sometimes tragic, often heroic events took place in the Grandes Rousses massif, and in Oisans more generally. Alpe d'Huez was home to a military hospital belonging to the Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (FFI), notably in the chalet du Signal, an annex of the Grand Hôtel. "Faced with the advance of the German army and its desire to control the Oisans (following the capture of the Vercors in July), Doctor Tissot ordered the evacuation of the wounded patients in August 1944. This marked the beginning of a slow and difficult ascent for the patients, some of whom were in critical condition, and the hospital staff, to the heights of the Alpette and the slopes of the Grandes Rousses. They received help from the crew of a Boeing B-24 Liberator, "11 Americans who fell from the sky": the crash of their bomber in the commune of Prunières, near Gap, prompted them to cross the Oisans. They provided invaluable support for the FFI withdrawal. Protecting the wounded as they climbed to higher ground, the Maquisards engaged in a fierce battle on the Alpette heights against a division of German Alpine fighters; they emerged victorious on August 14, 1944, with no loss of life. Relive this historic event through educational panels and objects from the museum's collection.


Activities are organized throughout the season at the museum. For further information, call 04 76 11 21 74 or email

Special Alpe d'Huez goose game: "Catch me if you can! "at the museum, Wednesdays during school vacations, from 10.30am to 11.30am: free, ages 8 and up (places limited).


* Guided tour of Pic Blanc (3330m)
Visit covering a wide range of topics: 3-star Green Guide panorama, history of the resort and skiing, geology, landscape, wildlife, glaciers...
No walking (access by cable car). Every Tuesday and Thursday during the winter season, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
How to get there: meet in front of the DMC outdoor ticket office (top of the resort, 1850m).
Rates: please contact SATA (04 76 80 30 30).

* Other tours are offered by the Huez Cultural Service, with Museum registration (limited places; €5 or €3):
Notre-Dame des Neiges church (Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4pm), archaeological site (Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:30 to 4pm).
Registration at the Museum, by telephone (04 76 11 21 74) or e-mail; €5 or €3; maximum 25 people.


In the Salle Anne Auvergne (1st floor of the Palais des Sports et des Congrès), take advantage of the volume and luminosity of this exhibition room and its works to discover watercolors, acrylic paintings, sculptures and engravings for the duration of a winter.
Free admission


Palais des Sports et des Congrès
38750 Alpe d'Huez

Telephone : 04 76 11 21 74
e-mail :


Free entry. Free admission to the Museum and the Anne Auvergne Fine Arts Room
For guided tours and games: €5 full price or €3 Premium price and/or family of at least 3 people.


From 5 years old


From 10/06 to 21/06/2024
Opening hours on Monday and Thursday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 4.30 pm and 6 pm. On Tuesday and Friday between 11 am and 12 pm and between 4.30 pm and 6 pm. On Wednesday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.


  • Exhibition space
  • Media library

Services on site

  • Guided individual tours
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours
  • Unguided individual tours

Mean(s) of payment

  • Check
  • Cash

Language(s) spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Information in

  • French