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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.
Exhibition : "Lumière, le cinéma inventé"
From November 23, 2019 to January 3rd, 2021
After the Grand Palais in Paris in 2015, the Cinémathèque in Bologna (Italy) in 2016, the Confluences Museum in Lyon in 2017, the Palais Lumière in Evian is hosting this major exhibition dedicated to the Lyon pioneers of cinema, Louis and Auguste Lumière.
Guided tour in french every day at 11 a.m. (except Monday), 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Guided tour for children (- 16 years) together with their parents every Wednesday at 4 pm
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
An enigma trail at the heart of the exhibition: This notebook consists of 10 riddles. The riddles are related to the rooms the public will go through and some answers may be found there. A few clues will be given by members of the Palais Lumière team during the visit.
A final puzzle is in the last pages of this notebook.
You will be able to write down your answers as you go along.... A coded safe will be waiting for you when you return to the reception desk.
Each participant will be given a small reward! It will also be proposed to the public to leave their contact details in order to try to win a bigger prize during the draw which will take place at the end of the exhibition. The game is not timed! We advise visitors to take their time to discover the exhibition at their own pace...Price of the "game trail" booklet: 5 € in addition to the exhibition entrance ticket.
Wearing a mask is mandatory.
Guided visit limited to 12 persons.
Path traced on the ground and hydro-alcoholic gel at the disposal of the customers.
Services and equipment
- Air conditioning
From 01/09/2020 to 03/01/2021, daily between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.
Monday and Tuesday (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
Open on public holidays.
Guided tours of the exhibition:
Every day at 11 a.m. (except Monday and Tuesday), 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Number of equipped conference rooms : 10
Adult: 10 to 8 €.
Riddle book: 5 € in addition to the entrance ticket.
Maximum number of people : 370