From 15 May to 29 September 2024

Maison Départementale des Alpages de l'Isère

Cultural heritage : Museum

In the heart of the village of Besse-en-Oisans, classified as a remarkable site, the Maison des Alpages houses a museum, a projection room and exhibitions dedicated to pastoralism. It also offers outings to meet the herds and shepherds.

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The museum tour is divided into several sections:

- A permanent, interactive exhibition invites you to discover pastoralism as it is practiced today, dispelling preconceived ideas and highlighting age-old know-how.
- A museum area dedicated to the rich history of Besse-en-Oisans and the Ferrand Valley will introduce you to life in mountain villages in bygone days (collection of old objects, photos, personal accounts, etc.).
- Numerous modules on issues such as climate change, predation, the environment and the economy linked to pastoralism complete the visit.

The Maison des Alpages also offers free activities for children, including access to the library (with a wide selection of books on subjects such as the mountain environment, fauna, flora, transhumance and life in the past), and booklets of games and puzzles available from reception.
Finish your visit with a visit to the museum's boutique, dedicated mainly to local producers, whose aim is to introduce quality products to local and visiting customers, promoting members of the Route des Savoir Faire de l'Oisans, Alpe is Here and the Ecrins National Park.

The Maison des Alpages also offers guided tours of Besse, outings to the mountain pastures to meet the herds and shepherds, and hikes in the summer pasture hamlets. After these outings, liven up your evenings with the "Les alpages font leur cinéma" film festival.

- Member of the Richesses Culturelles de l'Oisans (RCO) network
- Member of the "Route des Savoir-Faire de l'Oisans".
-Esprit Parc National,
-Ecrins National Park Information Point

Accueil camping-cars possible dans le village à proximité du musée.


Means of payment
  • Cash
  • Bank/credit card
  • Check

Self-access store and library area.

04 76 80 19 09 07 72 40 57 53

Opening periods

MAY - JUNE - SEPTEMBER: 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-6pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

JULY-AUGUST: 10am-12.30pm, 1.15-7pm
From 07/07 to 04/08 open every day.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays the rest of the year.

Equipments and characteristics

  • Pets refused
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Meeting rooms quantity: 1


The Maison Départementale des Alpages is located in Besse en Oisans, home to the largest mountain pasture in the département.
The history and evolution of these mountain pastures, and the fact that they are still in operation, make them ideal for bringing together those involved in pastoralism and the general public.

  • Latitude: 45.071764
  • longitude: 6.171595


  • Mountain location
  • Close to GR footpath
  • Village centre
  • Dans un vignoble / domaine viticole

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