The Depot, as this museum that sits adjacent to the Reuss is known, used to be the city's 16th-century arsenal but now resembles a grandparent's attic or props warehouse, with its collection of objects and artifacts relevant to the history of central Switzerland. Interpretation of this disparate collection (with everything from archeological finds and religious objects to folkloric costumes and children's toys, plus thematic displays about the Lion Monument, among other things), comes via scanners, which reveal the story behind the object once the relevant barcode is scanned. In addition to this, professional actors bring episodes and themes of Lucerne's history to life in the Stockroom Tours, which take place (in German) at 10am and 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. Temporary exhibitions are also staged throughout the year. The museum is popular with school groups on excursion, so fair warning: it can be a boisterous place.
Historisches Museum Luzern
Pfistergasse 24, CH-6003
Our Rating Neighborhood Old Town Hours Tues–Sun 10am–5pm Transportation Bus: 2 or 12 Phone 041/228-5424 Prices 10F adults, 8F seniors, 5F children aged 6 to 16, free for children under 6 Web site Historisches Museum Luzern