HR Giger Museum
HR Giger Museum
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Be aware that the last entrance to visit the museum is 45 minutes before the closing time - HR GIGER IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS SWISS ARTISTS. He was awarded an « Oscar » in 1980 in Hollywood for the movie « Alien ». He was the designer of the Alien beast and different other biomechanical creatures. The artist was born in Coire in 1940. Giger has given to Gruyeres a different dimension, a wonderful attraction: two worlds completely opposed. One traditional and the other one fantastic. The visitor penetrates in the biomechanical, surrealistic and mind-blowing place. The museum is open since 1998. Most of its twenty rooms are reserved for Giger’s work: paintings, sculptures and furnitures. His private collection is shown on the third floor artist such as Coleman, Dado, E. Fuchs, Schwarz, Steve Leuba, etc. A bar completely designed by Giger built on the left hand side of the Museum is the last living master piece of the artist where the atmosphere and the sensation are incomparable.
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  • Steven W
    1 contribution
    Amazing
    Being a professional airbrush artist myself, this was a place I'd wanted to visit for years! Loved it ! could have spent hours there. Not a big place at all, very intimate , laid back and easy to get round. Quite a few steep stairs. If you know Giger's work you will know what to expect. Don't go and be offended ! Spent a while in the bar next door, which is also quite small. Just to warn you, we went when it was VERY busy (public holiday) We had to park maybe an hours walk away , and the walk up a steep hill to the village in hot weather would've been a nightmare! We were lucky enough to get a lift up there with a security guy ! Had a long walk back though !
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • jschel2018
    Switzerland317 contributions
    A thought-provoking exhibition
    A very exciting and thought-provoking exhibition of surreal, nightmarish art worth seeing. A bit of a strange location in the middle of a medieval setting a setting from outer space. What bizarre mind was able to create all this and that so long ago. The museum is quite small, but well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Nicole
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom16 contributions
    A memorable visit!
    A museum visit that will leave you wondering what sort of mind created such work! Go with an open mind and enjoy the weird world of H.R Giger! The art work is dark, and pornographic, but also thought provoking. We went with our children (21, 17 and 14) who were old enough not to be silly about what they were seeing but we were all still a little shocked! I wouldn't take kids any younger. Definitely worth visit as is the H.R Giger bar which is fantastic inside and serve great cocktails. Staff in both museum and bar were fab.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Karen M
    Kirkwall, United Kingdom661 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit
    If you know H R Giger from Alien movies you'll love this museum. Within the historic building in Gruyere, the museum has sketches from the movie layout, models, pictures & sculptures. You have to take time to look at each individual piece, as the details just keep coming. There is a section for adults only,but some of the other exhibits have a 'risque' feel to them. Thoroughly enjoyed this museum
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • TravelDispatch
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,441 contributions
    Absolute highlight of our time in Gruyères! A definitive 'must do.'
    The museum and bar were the highlights of our day in Gruyères along our 8-day trip through Switzerland! We were absolutely fascinated and excited as we wandered through and experienced the amazing & unique creativity of HR Giger’s work. He was truly a visionary who helped create an alternate world of demons and aliens that brought movies to the next level; Aliens, Prometheus, and Species to name just a few. The museum and bar are both worth experiencing; the bar is one of the most unique I’ve ever been to and includes a little shrine to HR Giger above the taps behind the bar. The soundtrack / playlist at the bar is also on point and helps support the amazing atmospheric design and ambience of the space. Overall, I not only think the museum and bar are a 'must do', but possibly great reasons in themselves to ensure you include Gruyères in your travel plans!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 6, 2024
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Tom Bombadil
Geneva, Switzerland24 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
The museum is a series of paintings and artworks with zero explanations / narrative of sorts. There were just a few lines per painting saying the title, artist and year. There was no audio / written guide whatsoever. I really like museums and I was very disappointed by this one.
Written May 31, 2021
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Karen M
Kirkwall, UK661 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
If you know H R Giger from Alien movies you'll love this museum. Within the historic building in Gruyere, the museum has sketches from the movie layout, models, pictures & sculptures. You have to take time to look at each individual piece, as the details just keep coming.
There is a section for adults only,but some of the other exhibits have a 'risque' feel to them.
Thoroughly enjoyed this museum
Written September 5, 2023
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jb250
France37 contributions
Nov 2022
Visited this museum in November 2022. I think most people are aware of HRG's work for the Alien film trilogy, which features his bio-mechanical highly stylized work, although the museum features not only HR Giger's own work, but his own private collection.
Not for the faint hearted, there is an adults only section, and this continues his themes of carnal desire, surreal dreamscape, nightmarish horror.
It's a real treat to have visited, highly recommend - and go with an open mind.
Written November 14, 2022
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jschel2018
Switzerland317 contributions
Jul 2023
A very exciting and thought-provoking exhibition of surreal, nightmarish art worth seeing.
A bit of a strange location in the middle of a medieval setting a setting from outer space.
What bizarre mind was able to create all this and that so long ago.
The museum is quite small, but well worth a visit.
Written July 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nicole
Eastbourne, UK16 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
A museum visit that will leave you wondering what sort of mind created such work! Go with an open mind and enjoy the weird world of H.R Giger! The art work is dark, and pornographic, but also thought provoking. We went with our children (21, 17 and 14) who were old enough not to be silly about what they were seeing but we were all still a little shocked! I wouldn't take kids any younger.
Definitely worth visit as is the H.R Giger bar which is fantastic inside and serve great cocktails. Staff in both museum and bar were fab.
Written August 1, 2023
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SomeguyinTexas2
3 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
If you're a fan of creepy, sexualized alien themed art, this place is for you.
The inspiration for the creatures in the Alien movie franchise and other art make this stop worth the trip. The mind of H R Giger must be a very interesting and scary place ( a good thing ) That it's located in a scenic and picturesque castle / village makes it even more of a treat
Written July 15, 2023
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Steven W
1 contribution
Jun 2023
Being a professional airbrush artist myself, this was a place I'd wanted to visit for years! Loved it ! could have spent hours there. Not a big place at all, very intimate , laid back and easy to get round. Quite a few steep stairs. If you know Giger's work you will know what to expect. Don't go and be offended ! Spent a while in the bar next door, which is also quite small. Just to warn you, we went when it was VERY busy (public holiday) We had to park maybe an hours walk away , and the walk up a steep hill to the village in hot weather would've been a nightmare! We were lucky enough to get a lift up there with a security guy ! Had a long walk back though !
Written June 12, 2023
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Brittney N
11 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Visited the bar and museum and they were as incredible as I had hoped they would be. I came from Canada and had no issues with my vaccination proof. I showed the provincial documents of my vaccinations on the app, fyi. Really beautiful place to explore after the Giger museum and bar: mountains, sheep, cobblestones, cheese, and the castles. I got there early and it was worth it as the bar was really crowded by 11am-ish.
Written October 31, 2021
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LaCarmina
Tokyo, Japan77 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
I did a special trip for my La Carmina blog readers from London to Gruyeres, just to see the HR Giger bar as I'm a long time fan of his surrealist, bio-mechanical alien works. The museum is housed in a 17th century Chateau de Germain, and it's the perfect setting for his dark, dystopian works. As Alien director Ridley Scott said: “At its essence, Giger’s art digs down into our psyches and touches our very deepest primal instincts and fears. His art stands in a category of its own.” The Giger museum had his rare early works, as well as an adult only erotic section, and originals of his Satanic and occult art. A marvel to see in person, and well worth the trup!
Written January 17, 2018
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MeCo79
21 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
My husband is a huge HR Giger fan and the only thing he asked for when planning our trip to Switzerland was that we visit his Museum in Gruyeres. We were staying in Zurich so getting to the museum was really a pilgrimage for us. It took us aprox. 2.5 hrs to get there with public transport but the trip was an adventure in itself. We got to see the Swiss countryside and we passed through towns we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
Even though I had seen some of Mr Giger's work I have to say I didn't know he was a true genius until I toured his Museum. His body of work is unique, unlike anything I have seen before. It's like going inside someone's twisted subconscious or seeing someone's nightmares. His technique is flawless and seeing some of his work in large format is just breathtaking.
Sadly, Mr Giger passed away a couple of weeks after we visited the Museum. Even though we will never get to see more of his work, his genius will remain in what he left behind.
If you like this kind of art, this Museum is a must see.
Written May 23, 2014
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