Museum Mania

Switzerland has many, many museums. For today’s post, I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.

Einstein Museum in Bern. Learn about the life and work of this genius.
Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz. While the Swiss National Museum in Zurich is bigger and also worth a visit, there was something magical about learning Swiss history in this historic place.

Some smaller museums, like the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Art and History in Neuchatel have free admission on Wednesdays!

Art and Architecture:
Gianadda Foundation in Martingy. I was there recently for an exhibition on The Body’s Beauty in Ancient Greece. After A to Z, I will also be posting about their sculpture garden.
Ice Pavilion in Saas Fee. This is getting classified as architecture because you get to see the structure of the inside of a glacier!
Ballenberg Open Air Museum near Brienz. This is a fascinating museum. Traditional houses from all over Switzerland were transported here!

Technorama in Winterthur. Swiss Science Center.
Swiss Museum of Transport in Luzern. Learn about trains, planes, automobiles… and more!
Camera Museum in Vevey. We sprung for the extra fee to develop our own photos in the dark room. You can learn a lot about the history (and even the future!) of photography.

Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc. Learn the history of chocolate, see how it’s made. Finish in the tasting room. Go there.
Alimentarium in Vevey. The permanent exhibition explores the purchasing, cooking, eating, and digesting of food. You also learn about world cuisines as well as historic cuisines.
Cheese Dairy near Gruyeres. Learn and see how they make cheese! Visiting this museum doesn’t take very long, but the exhibition itself is well done. You get an audio-guide with your admission.

There are also some museums I haven’t been to yet but intrigue me. On my Swiss Museum Bucket List are:

Rosengart Collection in Luzern
Paul Klee Center in Bern

Museum of Music Boxes and Automatons in Sainte Croix
Saint Bernard Museum in Martigny

Over to you: What makes a museum great?


4 thoughts on “Museum Mania

  1. I’m looking forward to your future posting on the sculpture garden. Those are always of interest to me.

    Our Colorado History Museum in Denver recently moved into a brand new building hence completely renovated displays as well. The building’s architecture is very contemporary, and many of the displays are now interactive with quite imaginative electronic ways of honoring historic items. I marvel at the successful way the planners have attempted to engage today’s electronic-centered youth in something as potentially boring as history.

  2. You’re making it easier for me to talk my husband into making Switzerland a destination for our “big trip of 2016” (we do a “big trip” every other year 😉 )

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