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La Vieille Douane

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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…

Dates:
From 14/06 to 30/06/2020
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Saturday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2020
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.
Guided tour Tuesday and Thursday at 3.30pm, Wednesday at 6pm. (subject to change).

From 01/09 to 20/09/2020
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Saturday.

From 21/09 to 30/10/2020
Opening hours on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm.

Prices:
Adult: 4.50 €
Child : 3.50 €
Group adults: 3.50 €
Group children : 3.50 €.

Free entry for children < 8 years.
Child entry valid for 8 - 15 years.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

Guided tour: +€2/adult.
Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child).

Adapted tourism:

Spoken languages:

  • English
  • French

Services:

  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Guided tours

Covid 19 Information :
Access to the building is limited to a maximum of 15 people, respecting physical distances (1.5 metres) and barrier gestures.
Wearing a mask is compulsory

La Vieille Douane

Place in pictures

Address:
1277, route de Vonnes
74390 CHÂTEL

Phone: 04 57 26 90 04