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Learn about the early climbers who reached the summit of the Matterhorn at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Head underground to this museum, which is set up to resemble a mountain village with 14 houses as well as a church, hotel, huts, and granaries. Learn about the development of the area and the many climbers who frequent it, and see samples of the equipment and gear they use. Watch a film from the 1930s about the competition between Edward Whymper and Jean Antoine Carrel, who each attempted to reach the summit--one from the Swiss side, and one from the Italian side. The museum showcases the broken rope from the first ascent of the mountain in 1865 and one of the two stones that Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier took from the summit and brought with him on the Space Shuttle Endeavour mission in 1993. The museum is centrally located in the village at a walkable distance from other local attractions. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and many more Zermatt attractions: make an itinerary online using Klarna Trips Zermatt trip itinerary builder tool.
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis reviews
If you are going to spend time in Zermatt and skiing, this is a must. Learning the history behind the first ascent of the Matterhorn was fascinating! My only complaint: it can be difficult to...
If you are going to spend time in Zermatt and skiing, this is a must. Learning the history behind the first ascent of the Matterhorn was fascinating! My only complaint: it can be difficult to... more »
Great Museum, it's underground so don't be fooled by the outside look! Cute village style history of Zermattt
Great Museum, it's underground so don't be fooled by the outside look! Cute village style history of Zermattt more »
The place is in the underground, no good ventilation and lighting, getting there is not difficult, the entrance won't be missed, nothing much to see.
The place is in the underground, no good ventilation and lighting, getting there is not difficult, the entrance won't be missed, nothing much to see. more »
Unexpected underground wonder! Never having visited Zermatt before, I was not aware of the story behind the rise in popularity of this small city. This museum describes the first attempts to conquer the Matterhorn and the history behind the Swiss and Italy rivalry on this quest. Interesting independently if you are or not a climber. Perfect for a rainy day if you don’t have anything else planned.
A museum that showcases the life and history of Matterhorn through faithful recreations of the houses and display items related to the history of mountaineering in the Matterhorn and the surrounding peaks. Quite interesting and engaging to learn of the story of the mountain, with tons of information, and definitely one of the better museums in Switzerland. You get free entry with Swiss Travel Pass.
A very informative museum, perfect for a rainy day in town. Admission is free with a Swiss travel pass, and is an hour well spent if you're into unique little museums and want to learn some local history. I also now have an abundance of niche information about the Matterhorn to unprovokedly dump on my friends. I am sure they will appreciate this... although perhaps not quite as much as I appreciated my time at the museum.
The only museum in town, and what a gem it is! I had no knowledge of human activity around Matterhorn before this, so this was an educational experience. Other than the heart of the museum - the tragic first successful ascent of the mountain - there were many other fascinating displays: a light-up box showing famous regions along the mountain, a reconstruction of the historical (and still existing) hotel the mountain climbers stayed in and local animal models among many more. I particularly enjoyed the portraits and photographs of historical figures collected throughout the museum. Those guys - and some gals - sure knew how to pose! There was also an adjacent exhibition on the role women played here (in the form of added placards by permanent artefacts, not really a temporary exhibition in itself), which added some depth to the perspective presented. There are also two different audio guides available for free on an external guide app you can download on your phone, one from the perspective of one of the men who first climbed the Matterhorn. At the end of the museum there is a space, as part of the temporary exhibition, which invites visitors to leave written and audio messages on gender equality. Backpacks are not allowed in the museum; but there are a small amount of lockers you can use for free. My key came with a cute baseball keychain attached! Everything was well-labeled, which only made this one particular discovery of an unexplained doll (see photos) particularly chilling. Jokes aside, this is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon (the museum only opens at 3pm) in Zermatt if you're not in the mood for the outdoors.
Very interesting museum. There's a lot to see and quite a lot of things to learn. There are original items, like 'the broken rope', the evolution of snow shoes, mountain shoes, ... If you have an hour of spare time, then you know what to do... If you believe this review is useful, then please 'like' it.
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