Palais Lumière


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  • Famille Plus

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 June 8, 2024 to January 5, 2025:
“Henri Martin / Henri Le Sidaner, deux talents fraternels” (Henri Martin / Henri Le Sidaner, two fraternal talents)

For the first time in Europe since their deaths, the Palais Lumière brings together these two fraternal talents from the Symbolist generation, enamored of nature, music and poetry.

Through 120 paintings, a few drawings and two bronzes, the exhibition traces the career and evolution of these tireless workers, from the sunny climes of the South of France to the soothing effects of the North.

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

Guided tour for children (in french only) (- 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.

  • Facilities
    • Parking nearby
    • Air conditioning
    • Toilets
  • On-site activities
    • Cultural leisure activities
    • Cultural centre

Accessible tourism

Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs, 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, Possibility of drop-off in front of the site, Magnetic loop available at the reception

Mobility impairment

Adapted parking spaces near the building. Access to the exhibition from the Palais Lumière shop. Door located behind the Palais Lumière (rue du port). Lift to access to the differents floors of the exhibition. Independent movement in the exhibition in a wheelchair. Toilets to PRM standards. Specialised equipment is available at the Palais Lumière reception on request (a walker, a wheelchair, a cane chair)

Visual impairment

Guide dogs are welcome in the exhibition. A trained cultural mediator can also accompany the visit of the exhibition on reservation.

Mental impairment

The Palais Lumière offers adapted tours on request on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings.


From 08/06/2024 to 05/01/2025 between 10 am and 6 pm.


Adult: 7 to 9 €.


Quai Besson
74500 Évian-les-Bains

Languages spoken:

  • English,
  • French,

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