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.
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