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La Vieille Douane


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…

From 19/12/2021 to 29/04/2022 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Saturday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

From 12/06 to 30/06/2022 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Saturday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022
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.

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.

Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child).

Suitable for:

  • Compulsory health pass
  • Groupe scolaire (EN)

Adapted tourism:

Spoken languages:

  • English
  • French


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Guided tours

Covid 19 Information :
Wearing a mask is compulsory for anyone aged 6 and over.
Digital Covid certificate mandatory for everyone aged 12 yrs and 2 months and over.

La Vieille Douane

Place in pictures

1277, route de Vonnes
74390 CHÂTEL

Phone: 04 50 71 75 11