Chartreuse de Mélan

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  • Chartreuse de Mélan
  • Chartreuse de Mélan

Opening period

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/09 to 31/10/2022
Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.


The site has been in existence for 700 years that has taken it from monastery and small seminary, via local orphanage to its current role as a renowned contemporary art centre and concert hall.

Visit the Charteuse de Mélan! *
Built in the 13th century, the Chartreuse de Mélan was a monastery for nuns of the Carthusian order until the French Revolution. It became a school in 1804. In 1906 it was acquired by the Department of Haute-Savoie and was converted into an orphanage in 1923. A fire in 1967 destroyed most of the buildings, taking 18 victims.

Today, only the church, the cloister, and the old farm remain standing. A blend of medieval simplicity and contemporary art, the site pairs the austere architecture and partially preserved frescoes of the church with a sculpture park.


  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Exhibition space
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
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  • Guided individual tours
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Room hire
  • Tourist brochures
  • Guided tours
  • Unguided individual tours
  • Spot photo
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Free of charge.

Accepted means of payment
  • Check
  • Cash

Tourism and Disability

  • Mental disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
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Information updated by Conseil Départemental de la Haute-Savoie