Palais Lumière

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    A programme of thematic exhibitions is presented every year : paintings, sculptures, photographs, etc. In just a few years, the Palais Lumière has become one of the main cultural and artistic centres of the lake Geneva basin.

    Inaugurated in August 1902, the institute of hydrotherapy is considered to be the best of its kind. Open from 15 May to 15 October, it administers 1,200 treatments a day: baths, showers, massages, and electrical and mechanical treatments. Architect Ernest Brunnarius designed an impressive building: 68 m long and 25 m high, topped with a 30-m dome on a square base. Along the partially tiled façade, the ramps lead to a monumental entrance framed by bell towers. Under the porch, two paintings by Jean Benderly depict water. Listed as a historical monument, the building was extensively renovated from 2004 to 2006. Renamed the “Palais Lumière”, it now holds a multi-media library, exhibition rooms and a convention centre.

    From 11 December 2022 to 21 May 2023 : The exhibition “Les Artistes voyageuses – L’appel des lointains – 1880/1944

    Guided tour (in french only) every day at 2:30 p.m.

    Guided tour for children (- 12 years) with their parents every Wednesday at 4 pm (€6 for the accompanying parent).

    Little games at Palais Lumière for children between 6 and 12 years : a booklet with little games for a visit of the exhibition is available at the reception.

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    Services & Equipment

    • Air conditioning
    • Toilets
    • Parking

    Customer base

    • Children
    • Special rate for disabled people


    From 11/12/2022 to 21/05/2023 between 10 am and 6 pm.
    Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

    Adapted Tourism

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    • Magnetic loop available at the reception
    • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
    • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
    • Minimum aisle width of 90 cm
    • Lift (80 x 130 cm) and door >= 77 cm
    • Reception desk between 70-80 cm high
    • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move


    Adult: 6.50 to 8.50 €.


    Quai Besson
    74500 Évian-les-Bains

    Characteristics :

    • Environnement
    • Town location
    • Waterside
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water

    Spoken languages

    • Langue
    • English
    • French