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Musee de la Grande Chartreuse

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Address: La Correrie, 38380 Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, France
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+33 4 76 88 60 45
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Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Grande Chartreuse, founded by St Bruno in 1084, is a major destination...

The Grande Chartreuse, founded by St Bruno in 1084, is a major destination in the Alps. Located in an annexe of the Monastery, the Museum is an insight into their Great Silence and the way of life of these monks. Come and experiment their faith, and try to unravel the mystery of their 900 year history, thanks to this truly monastic setting complete with historical illustrations, artefacts and models of Carthusian monasteries.

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What a Wonderful Moment in a Monastery

Five years ago, I watched the film, Into Great Silence. And then, Grande Chartreuse became the place which I really wanted to visit in my life. Two years ago, I finally... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Five years ago, I watched the film, Into Great Silence. And then, Grande Chartreuse became the place which I really wanted to visit in my life. Two years ago, I finally visited here from Grenoble! I remember there were only two buses to visit this area by bus in Grenoble. In the morning, I took a bus and then I... More 

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Laura G, Responsable réception at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your visit to the Grande Chartreuse. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Indeed there is only one bus that takes you to the museum of the Grande Chartreuse. It's the 7000 bus coming from Grenoble. The place is very quiet and peaceful. Soon in Chartreuse More 

Northumberland, England
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Only open on Wednesdays in winter so we were lucky. There is a great collection of 17th century painting of Carthusian houses, excellent explanations about how they were organised, history of the order, and how the monks spent/ spend their time, examples of individual cells etc All on descriptive label in French but also on free audio guides, including English.... More 

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Esthelle Q, Responsable relations publiques at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello Elaine Ry, Thank you for your visit and your compliments. We are delighted that the visit has satisfied you. Looking forward to seeing you again in Chartreuse :) More 

Bahrain
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43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

The drive from Grenoble to Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse was exciting. Parking lot of the musee did had a few cars but there was no sign of life anywhere near. Entire place looked empty and far from lively. May be the sanctity of the place demanded such silence.

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Esthelle Q, Responsable relations publiques at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your visit. The Grande Chartreuse Museum is open from the 1st weekend of April to the 5th of November. Outside this period, activity around the Grande Chartreuse is at rest. We look forward to welcoming you on our opening days. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is a wonderful insight into the daily life of a monk, their beliefs, routine, dedication and values. You receive an audio guide which allows you to spend as much or as little time as you want in each room. The monastery is very tranquil and a real eye opener on how the monks still live today according to traditional... More 

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Esthelle Q, Responsable relations publiques at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello James D, Thank you for your visit to the Grande Chartreuse. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. The Grande Chartreuse is a day trip . It is quite possible to visit the museum in the morning, to walk to the monastery and take a picnic lunch in the Regional Natural Park of Chartreuse . The shop actually... More 

Lexington, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Museum is located high in the mountains of the Chartreuse area in what the French call a desert meaning a remote unpopulated area and focuses on the monastery founded in the 11th century. The setting is spectacular and just walking around the outside area is a treat. There is also a small medicinal medieval garden. There is a beautiful... More 

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Laura G, Front Office Manager at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello Katharine G and many thanks for your review. To discover the carthusian order you can in one day, visit the distillery in Voiron, to understand how the monks make the famous liqueur and after come to the museum. Here you can discover all the story of the order and their way of life. After your visit, you can enjoy... More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The journey to this museum is worth it in its own right. Bus 7000 from Grenoble runs a few times a day so you need to plan carefully but it is a classic run. In summer you can request that the driver drop you at the museum but you need to walk down the hill to the main road for... More 

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Nicolas_Diederichs, Directeur général at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello David F, We thank you for your visit to the museum. You have the possibility of making you up to the monastery on foot to see buildings, on the other hand, it is not allowed to get into the enclosed fields which are around the monastery. The museum is voluntarily contemporary, this project was wished by Cartusians monks who... More 

Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

An excellent museum to learn of the history of the Chartreuse, and the monastic life. The auto tour is excellent, and the videos that you can watch, will give you an excellent idea of monastic life. The car ride to get there through a scenic route is also worth the trip. You will not regret it.

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Nicolas_Diederichs, Directeur général at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello Helena o, Thank you for your testimony. We hope to see you soon in Chartreuse ! More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

This is an excellent Museum and well worth the visit.Situated adjacent to the Old Monastry and with a large car-park adjoining. The surroundings are primarily forest with a stream running through and close by a raging river.

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Nicolas_Diederichs, Directeur général at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Thank you for your testimony. The museum of the Grande Chartreuse is located in the heart of the Regional Park of Chartreuse . The ideal place to hike after visiting the museum . Soon in Chartreuse More 

Melbourne, Australia
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Pack a picnic lunch. This is a gorgeous place to spend a day. You can take a long steep walk up to admire the outside of the Monastery and up again to the Cross of Christ. Their is running water from a spout coming out of the side wall of the Monastery which is cool clean and very refreshing after... More 

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Nicolas_Diederichs, Directeur général at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

Hello MummamiaMA, Thank you for your visit to the Grande Chartreuse. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. The Grande Chartreuse is a day trip . It is quite possible to visit the museum in the morning, to walk to the monastery and take a picnic lunch in the Regional Natural Park of Chartreuse . The shop actually makes... More 

Watford, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

It was a shame that the weather was as bad as it was, as blue skies would have made the scenery even more fantastic A stunning drive there and an interesting tour of the monastery and history. Very simply done showing monastic life as it was. Didn't realise so many other Carthusian monasteries (ex) around Europe eg Charterhouse (London) !!... More 

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Nicolas_Diederichs, Gérant at Musee de la Grande Chartreuse, responded to this review

We thank you for your visit. It is true that the weather influences the landscape of the Chartreuse mountains but this one still is fantastic. The museum explains you the life of the monks such as it is since almost a thousand years. The Cathusian monks are about four hundred in the world to this day. See you very soon... More 

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