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“A real history lesson”

Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
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Day Tour to Zermatt and the Matterhorn from Stresa
Ranked #7 of 74 things to do in Zermatt
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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.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“A real history lesson”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

We learnt a lot about the first successful climb of the Matterhorn in the 1840s. by Edward Wymper, an English man, with a small group of local climbers. He is commemorated by a blue plaque on the wall of the Monte Rosa hotel in Zermatt's central square, from where he set out on his epic climb.
Only slight drawback is that the museum only open 3pm-7pm so a Museum visit must be carefully timed. Very distinctive glass globe building on the main square opposite the Monte Rosa, shows cleasrly on webcams.

Visited February 2013
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“Matterhorn Museum”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a good little museum which is very interesting. The room dedicated to the mountaineers is fascinating and worth spending some time in. It is amazing to consider how the Matterhorn was climbed in the late 19th Century with the clothing and equipment available.
There are English panel by each exhibit and an English leaflet so all is clear. The interior of the museum is a combination of artefacts and documents, stuffed animals, science and models of buildings.
The museum was only open in the afternoons from 4.00pm - 7.00pm.
There is no return visit policy so if you do wish to go back you do have to pay again (many museums I have visited recently allow you to return the following day for free or at a discount).
The museum is easy to find as it is in the main square.

Visited January 2013
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“Very informative!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

A small museum with a lot of information, covering the history of the climbing of the Matterhorn and the culture/history of the area. We paid CHFr8 (Seniors) and felt the visit was well worthwhile. If you go to Zermatt you have to see the broken rope responsible for the death of four climbers during the first summit of the Matterhorn in 1865.
The opening hours are limited, in winter, from 1500 to 1800h.
If you don't know much about the area, visit this museum early in your visit, you will appreciate the rest of your trip even more.

Visited January 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Good way to get to know the area”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This museum is a good way to spend an hour or two and get to know more about the history of the Matterhorn and Zermatt. We got in free with our Swiss Rail Pass. The video shows on the bottom and top of the hour were particulary interesting. Several interesting exhibits including the rope that broke during the first sucessful climb.

Visited January 2013
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Incheon, South Korea
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“so, so...”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

It was a small museum, not so valuable for ticket price. we had free-tickets from our hotel, it's next to the grand hotel zermatterhof. Opening time was very late and short. 15:00 ~ 19:00.

Visited December 2012
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