The Dauphinois Museum

No need to be a nun to enjoy popular local art in this convent!

Dominating the city from the Bastille’s slopes, the Dauphinois Museum is settled in the Sisters of the Visitation’s convent. It is more than everything dedicated to popular cultures and human beings of the Dauphiné Alps.

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The Dauphinois Museum © Pierre Jayet

Taking an investigational approach to history, the exhibits are also a proof of our modern-day researches for truth and meaning.

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The Dauphinois Museum © OTGAM
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The Dauphinois Museum © Ville de Grenoble

Certified as a historical monument, the convent has been built at the beginning of the 17th by Saint-Francois de Sales and Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal. Nevertheless, nothing was constant with its personal history. It used to be a religious home, it served as a prison, barracks.

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The Dauphinois Museum © L. Ravier OTGAM
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View of the city © L. Ravier OTGAM

In addition to the permanent exhibits like the People of the Alps dealing rural mountain life through the centuries, the Dauphinois Museum hosts a plethora of events connected to the « Dauphiné region », the Alps, the history of foreign communities in the area, and more. From the convent’s gardens (open to the public), you can enjoy a pleasant view of the city old neighborhood, the banks of the Isere river, and the surrounding mountains.
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