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Centre de géologie et glaciologie

Did you know that at the back of the Val d'Hérens there is an ocean hidden in the mountains ? Of course, a former ocean: there is no salt water left, only the oval remains of submarine lava flows (so-called pillow lavas) and copper deposits formed by very hot springs, so-called "black smokers". The numerous serpentinite masses, today mostly in the form of talc-rich soapstone lenses, date from the same period and were intensively mined for heating stoves and oil lamps during the last 400 years. Also, if you want to learn more about the deposits left by the glaciers or the permafrost, or the impact of the current global warming on the glaciers, you are in the right place in the permanent exhibition of this museum. All other aspects of the very rich nature of the valley, are dealt with temporary exhibitions and excursions.


This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/E
For many exhibitions, translations in English are available, but the language normally used to describe the objects is French.
Opening 1991

Centre de géologie et glaciologie: bulding in Les Haudères
Centre de géologie et glaciologie: bulding in Les Haudères
One part of the permanent exhibition presents the Alpine Ocean
One part of the permanent exhibition presents the Alpine Ocean
Mont-Miné Glacier: heavily touched by the global warming
Mont-Miné Glacier: heavily touched by the global warming

Current exhibitions

Avalanche management: a cultural heritage!

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A cultural heritage always belongs to a community. As an intangible cultural heritage of the Alpine region, dealing with avalanche hazards affects a large part of the Swiss population, whether in daily life in mountain villages, at work or in leisure time.
This adventure trail and the associated temporary exhibition of the Swiss Alpine Museum deal with this important topic, which has existed for centuries for the community of Evolène and is still very actual.


The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F
Avalanche management: a cultural heritage!
  • Science
    Science
  • Folklore and ethnology
    Folklore and ethnology

Location of the museum

1984 Les Haudères

Location/directions

Reachable by postcar from Sion (direction Les Haudères, Poste) in 40 min., by car in 30 min. Parking available in front of the Hotel Dents des Veisivis.

Open

July, August: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 15-18h.
September, October, Christmas and ski vacation in February: Sunday, 15-18h.

Admission

Adults: 6 CHF
Persons over 65 years: 4 CHF
Children below 16 years: free
Families with more than 3 adults: 20 CHF

Contact

Centre de géologie et glaciologie
Chemin de l'Ecole 1
1984 Les Haudères
027 283 40 00 Telephone (Office de Tourisme régional)
hans-rudolf.pfeifer@unil.ch
http://lamaisondesalpes.ch
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    Parking
  • Shop
    Shop