MAISON DU FROMAGE ABONDANCE
The Maison du Fromage Abondance combines two places in one structure: a cooperative for maturing cheese and the Abondance Cheese visitor’s centre.
After a fun, scientific and sensorial visit, discover all the interesting facts about this valley’s emblematic cheese. From the cows grazing in the Alpine meadows, to the cheese’s manufacture and to the odours of the cheese maturing: you will know all there is to know about Abondance cheese!
La Maison du Fromage Abondance is a visit to share with all the family (Multi Pass activity)!
We also offer a new tablet interactive visit, the Abondance valley hopscotch and a family price reduction.
Would you like to know all the interesting facts about the Maison du Fromage Abondance? Discover with a heritage visit and have all your questions answered!
The guided tours are available at specific times: Tuesdays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, from 1st July to 31st August.
The Maison du Fromage Abondance opens the following times:
- 1st May to 30th June: daily 2:00-6:00 pm
- 1st July to 30th September: daily 9:30 am-12 midday and 2:00-6:00 pm, except Sunday morning.
- 1st October to 16th November: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am-12 midday and 2:00-5:30 pm.
At the end of your visit you can call into the shop to purchase the local produce!
The Abbey Church
Appreciate the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church’s architecture constructed from the end of the 13th century. Be amazed by its decoration, tromp-l’œil painted in the 19th century and its exquisite furniture. Access to the church is independent from the Abbey visit. There are no visits during services.
A place of meditation and reverence, let yourself be transported into medieval Savoy through the 15th century murals that ornate the Cloister’s galleries. These works are extremely rare in France, retelling the Virgin Mary’s life and taking you on a journey through the local and Piedmont landscapes.
The Exhibition: “From History to Art: Sacred Heritage of the Abondance Valley”
Discover this exhibition in a section of the old monastery. Explore this religious local heritage and admire the Abbey’s collections that reveal exceptional objects such as a chalice and a 15th century antiphony. There is a screening of a film showing the renovations and conservation of the Abbey and its collections.
Families are Welcome at the Abbey
The Abbey signed the Môm’Art charter and is especially reverent in greeting children and families.
During the summer there are three different visiting times available for the Abondance Abbey and the Cloister:
- May: daily 9:30 am-12 midday, 2:00-6:00 pm
- June: daily 2:00-6:00 pm
- July and August: daily 9:30 am-12:00 pm, 2:00-6:00 pm
- September: daily 9:30 am-12 midday, 2:00-6:00 pm
- October: Monday to Friday 2:00-5:00 pm
During the French school holidays guided tours of the Abondance Abbey and its Cloister are available.
Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) at 2:30 pm, it takes 1h15mins. The guided tour is only done with a minimum of 4 people.