Beneath the unprepossessing glass dome of a former casino there's a remarkable underground museum that reveals the story of Switzerland's most photogenic mountain, from its dramatic first ascent by Edward Whymper in 1865 to how the tiny farming community of Zermatt became one of the world's most glamorous resorts. The museum is cleverly presented as an archeological dig, with ancient mountain huts conjuring up how people lived and worked in the 19th century—a time when there were no mountain railways or ski lifts. The museum also looks at the world of mountain guides, the first mountaineers, and the first tourists through an appealing range of films and multimedia and hands-on exhibits. There's also material on the various routes up the Matterhorn for the 3,000-plus alpinists who annually climb this iconic mountain. Allow 1–1 ½ hrs. visiting time.
Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Open Jan–May daily 3–7pm (Fri till 8pm); June daily 2–6pm; Jul–Sept daily 11am–6pm; Oct daily 3–6pm; mid-Nov to mid-Dec Fri–Sun 3–6pm; mid-Dec to end Dec daily 3–7pm (Fri till 8pm) Transportation Train (Zermatt) Phone 027/ 967 4100 Prices Adults CHF10, concessions CHF8, children 10–16 CHF5, free for children 9 and under Web site Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis
MapKirchplatz 11 Zermatt
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