Musée Dauphinois

Musée Dauphinois, Grenoble: Hours, Address, Musée Dauphinois Reviews: 4.5/5

Musée Dauphinois
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Tihomir T
22 contributions
Solo
I was really impressed by the photo exhibition about the Alps and mostly by the words that were written on the walls. Another interesting exhibition was the one about the people who lived in that part of the Alps in the past. The museum is interactive in a very peculiarly strange way. It connects you to the past in unexpected ways.
Written November 12, 2017
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PJGard
Boston, Massachusetts1 contribution
This museum, located in a building which by itself has a rich history, is well worth climbing more than 200 steps up the side of the mountain crowned by the Bastille. The displays are modern and beautifully crafted, and each floor presents a different aspect of life in the area.

When we were there, the exhibitions included three more or less permanent expositions: the history of the building (which began as a convent) on the first floor; "Gens de l'alpe", about the life of the people living in the mountainous locales surrounding Grenoble; and a "grand" history of skiing (which we did not have time to visit) on the top floor.

In between were the temporary exhibits: "Habiter", a special exhibit on alpine housing in the region, both historic and modern; "Premiere bergers des Alpes," about the life of the first sheperds in the French Alps; and "Etre ouvrier en Isere," about worklife from the 18th Century to modern times in the local departement.

The museum is well worth the visit, even if your French is poor. The permanent exhibits have side-by-side English translations, and all the exhibits are highly visual.

To find the museum, locate the statue of the lion and snake at place de la Cymaise on the Quai Parriere, adjacent to the river. Look for the staircase, and begin climbing!
Written June 8, 2009
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Ben B
ontario, canada180 contributions
Couples
We didn't have time to walk to the bastille higher on the hill, so opted for a shorter walk (10 minutes or so) up through the charming gardens at the foot of the hill, which lead to this museum. It is housed in an old nunnery (?), but has exhibits about other subjects too -- a superb adaptation of the historic building. We had time for two exhibits: one on the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, which was great fun and full of images and artifacts; and the permanent exhibit about the long history of people who live at high elevations in the Alps. The latter was especially impressive -- we were kicking ourselves for not leaving longer. If you like history and appreciate a good museum, set aside at least 90 minutes for this one, if not more. Furthermore, the museum is free! Don't miss it.
Written July 28, 2018
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JoeDec2014
Chicago, IL131 contributions
Solo
We were disappointed to see that there was no material in English at all. In an internationally touristic town like Grenoble one expects to have at least some brochures in English.

The exhibitions were simple and outdated. Maybe the idea of free entrance simply does not work here.

Not highly recommended.
Written December 8, 2019
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GCzerniawski
Chatou, France87 contributions
Friends
We have climbed up the hill to this old monastery converted to the museum. We admire the road, the museum itself, the exhibitions and then descend another way back to Italian quarter.
Written July 18, 2018
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Aleta R
Grenoble, France194 contributions
Solo
There's something so calming about this place. I love to walk up here and walk around the inside. It's one of the places that haven't been ruined by the current administration.
Written June 24, 2018
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Mary C
Grenoble, France181 contributions
Friends
I'm native from Grenoble.... if you come to our fantastic place, it's certainly to learn some more about our local culture, right? In that kind of Museum, you can easily do it :)
I like it very much, there's a lot to discover and look... it's full of surprises !
The good thing is that you also can reserve that kind of visit when it's raining a little bit...A real cure for boredom !
Written February 14, 2017
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David F
Chester, United Kingdom1,957 contributions
Solo
This museum is located in an attractive old convent which offers views across the river to Grenoble and the surrounding hills. It consists of three main elements - the building, the permanent exhibitions and the changing exhibitions. The main interest lies in the building - a wonderful baroque chapel, cloister and garden. The permanent exhibition on the people of the Alps is interesting enough - especially the recreations of alpine dwellings - but the history of skiing is mainly composed of a load of skis. The temporary exhibitions when I went were not especially interesting but as the museum is free and the location so impressive it should count as a must see on any visit to Grenoble. The drinking fountain in the entrance was particularly welcome on a hot day!
Written July 29, 2016
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Quentin V
Villeparisis, France75 contributions
Friends
Really great surprise! After really nice exhibitions you can go out and chill with an astonishing view on the city!
Written May 15, 2016
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Dorje K
Toulouse, France105 contributions
Solo
Free entry to this museum which was once a convent. There is a road up for those who cannot manage all the steps. There are several steps inside and outside the museum, no lift.
Info is given in both French and English. At present it has an excellent exhibition commemorating the First World War. It has two more floors with exhibitions devoted to people of the Alps and skiing. Downstairs are the chapels of the original convent which are in stark contrast to each other. From there you can go out into the beautiful, perfumed rose garden. From there you can go up to other outside areas and also down to a partly- covered viewing point across all Grenoble. You really get a sense of history from these exhibitions. Definitely recommended.
Written May 11, 2015
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