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Espace Ella Maillart / Chandolin

Ella Maillart explored the world widely. Chandolin was where she spent the last years of an action-packed life. The Ella Maillart museum with its permanent exhibition showcases the career of this extraordinary woman.

Born in Geneva in 1903, Ella Maillart lived her life at a brisk pace. A sportswoman, explorer and adventurer, her talents also included photography, journalism and writing. From her numerous peregrinations through Asia, she drew inspiration to write her travel stories.

In 1948, she settled in Chandolin, where she had her chalet, “Atchala”, built. She spent six months a year here until her death. Considered one of the great travellers of the 20th century, she died there in 1997, after a busy life.

The Ella Maillart museum retraces her life and works. This permanent exhibition, housed in the former chapel of Sainte-Barbe in Chandolin, illustrates Ella Maillart’s life through:
- photographs and drawings
- articles and posters
- various objects of interest
- a DVD installation


  • Free

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Espace Ella Maillart / Chandolin
3961 Chandolin

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All year round
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