The Annecy Museums
Musées d'Annecy

The Annecy Museums

Located 5 minutes from each other, the Annecy Museums welcome you all year round.

Museum-Castle of Annecy

The museum

The museum boasts rich and diverse collections of objects and art, displayed throughout the temporary and permanent exhibitions and presented in the fully restored rooms of the castle. They comprise objects linked to regional heritage and lake architecture, medieval sculptures, alpine landscape paintings from the 18th to the 20th centuries, as well as contemporary works of art that question the relationship of man with his natural environment.

In the area Archaeology and environment of the lake, visitors are invited to discover the complex, fragile and coveted environment of alpine lakes through unique displays based on five fields of scientific research: biology, ecology, ethnology, archaeology and limnology. 


In its current state, the castle is a good illustration of how castle architecture changed between the 13th and 16th centuries. The Tour de la Reine is the oldest part of the castle, dating back to the 13th century.  Built on elevated ground, it most likely replaced a primitive keep.  Measuring over 30 meters high and with walls up to 3.3 meters thick, the tower was used for defensive and military purposes. 

The residential quarters of the castle are more recent.  Both the Logis Nemours and the Logis Neuf (new lodging house) can be dated to the 16th century and are typical examples of Renaissance architecture.  These later constructions clearly attest to the growing importance of elegance and comfort to be found in princely residences.  Large windows adorn the facades and allow for natural light to enter the rooms, some of which are decorated with wall paintings and equipped with latrines.

Palais de l'Île

The Center for urban interpretation

In 1944, the Palais de l’Ile featured a museum presenting the history of the town of Annecy. An emblematic and symbolic building, it officially became the Center for Architectural and Urban Interpretation in 2005. The Center invites visitors to discover exhibitions on local, regional, and international architectural movements, in order to better understand the urban environment. On the ground floor, you will learn about the history of this exceptional building and can visit several of the former jail cells of the old prison.


In 1325, this stronghold was first mentioned as a prison, which is no doubt the longest and most continuous function of the Palais de l’Ile. It simultaneously housed other activities linked to court life, for instance the Counting House and the Palais de justice (law court) from which it got its name - “Palais de l’Ile” - in the 16th century.


Animated film museum

The museum presents a rich collection of objects and archives; you will discover a whole century of animation through hands-on displays which allow you to explore the secret processes of this magical art.