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“You must go to the Matterhorn Museum when you are in Zermatt”

Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
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US$99.45*
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Day Tour to Zermatt and the Matterhorn from Stresa
Ranked #6 of 74 things to do in Zermatt
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis offers insight into the development of Zermatt. It shows the triumph and tragedy surrounding the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Here one is immersed in the mountain world of past generations: One sees how the people lived in Zermatt in the 19th century and shudder at the sight of the broken rope from the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. Four of the seven climbers lost their lives at that time. And one looks in wonder at “Theo,” the 16th century mercenary who did not succeed in crossing the Theodul Pass.
Reviewed 17 February 2014

You must go to the Matterhorn Museum when you are in Zermatt. It is one of the best small local museums I have ever visited. It is staffed by volunteers and the exhibitions are really interesting.

The museum is a bit like the Louvre in that there is a small glass pyramid above ground with two floors underground. It charts the development of the town with visits in the nineteenth century of British mountaineers. It shows how the hotels and the railways came to Zermatt as well as the development of skiing.
Underground, there are mock ups of various buildings at different time periods and of the disaster of the first successful climb of the Matterhorn, in which four out of the seven climbers are killed, is graphically documented together with the oh so thin rope that frayed and broke sending people to their deaths.
We were staying at the Monte Rosa across the road from the museum and were very interested in the mock up of the original hotel reception area.
We visited the old museum 25 years ago. This one is a great improvement and must rank as a great little local museum. It costs 8SF and is worth every centime.

Thank SergeLourie
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Nice place in the centre to tell you about Matterhorn and Switzerland. Informative and help reception staff.

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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We'd visited the old museum many years ago. Now, this new one is fantastic, they've made a very good job. The way they show all about Zermatt all along the years. Very, very interesting!!! As I say, don't miss it!!! It's worth a visit.

Thank calakmul
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

The Matterhorn Museum was a pleasant surprise. The Museum appears petite from the outside because its exhibits are down below the surface. In addition to learning more about the early climbs on the Matterhorn and seeing some of the frighteningly fragile gear those climbers used, this museum is a good look at life as it once was in the area.

Recreated housing huts and animal sheds tell the story of the development of the farming village that is now Zermatt.

Our only disappointment here was the film, and that may have been our fault because we did not seek help on its timing or to learn if it was not functioning. No matter, the visit was well worth it and deserved more time than we had set aside for it.

Thank zoetav
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Fabulous museum and range of artefacts can't fail to interest you. whether you watch a film about the first ascent of the Matterhorn, look at old ski and climbing equipment, read the history of the town or spot how many famous world leaders have visited Zermatt, it is well worth the 8CHF admission charge.

Thank folconer24
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