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“Alien, Species and Much More...”
Review of HR Giger Museum

HR Giger Museum
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$1,274.87*
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Private Day Tour of Gruyère, Switzerland, by Vehicle
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Gruyeres
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: HR GIGER IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS SWISS ARTISTS. He was awarded an « Oscar » in 1978 in Hollywood for the film « Alien ». He is the designer of Alien and different other biomechanical creatures. The artist was born in Coire in 1940. His dream became truth when he bought St-Germain’s castle in Gruyeres, in this traditional and middle-aged town. Giger has given to Gruyeres a different dimension, a wonderful attraction: two worlds completely opposed. One traditional and the other fantastic, unrealistic, on the whole: another planet. The visitor penetrates in the biomechanical, surrealistic and mind-blowing place. The museum was open since 1998. Most of its twenty rooms are reserved for Giger’s work: paintings, sculptures and furniture. His private collection is shown on the third floor artist such as Coleman, Dado, E. Fuchs, Schwarz, Steve Leuba, etc. The gallery on the 2d floor shows the temporary exhibitions of different invited artists during the year. The museum offers several possibilities to organize events such as parties, weddings, private banquets, 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.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Alien, Species and Much More...”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

The museum is centered in H R Giger's art and his work as visual concept creator for movies like "Alien", "Species", "Dune", etc, but the museum is much more than this. There we can see his seminal works too.
Only be aware that the works have a strong sexual content, subtle and explicite.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Different”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

An unusual museum- definitely not appropriate for children. The pictures/ sculptures are beautifully drawn/ made, but the subject matter is not child-friendly. Having said that, we did find the pictures beautifully drawn & could appreciate the artist's ability. Our favourite was a table & chairs of "bones". Do go into the associated cafe (decorated with an alien theme & chairs) for an excellent hand-made gruyere cheese pie. Photos of the museum were not allowed (free lockers are provided) and the cafe says photos ONLY if you are a customer (fair enough).

Visited November 2013
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Ottawa, Ontario
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“Interesting... but definitely not for kids”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've never actually seen an Alien movie but we had time so we decided to visit the museum. The kids were fascinated by the artworks just outside the museum so we figured they'd be alright. We all enjoyed the first room and there was a room that was for adults only, which they did not visit. What I didn't expect was the sexually explicit nature of some of the artwork in the remaining portion of the museum. Some things not of this nature were very cool but it reached a point where I would make the children enter with closed eyes until I had a chance to see what was there to determine if they could open their eyes. If the museum had arranged things such that the sexually explicit artwork was all contained in one room, it would be much more enjoyable to visit with children. The museum is well done though. I'm sure its fascinating for those who are fans.

Visited July 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“ALIENS !”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Unless you are a fan of Aliens (the old movie) I still cannot understand for which reason the Giger Museum has been set in this medieval environment. Ok the guy must have been from around but I would have chosen another place in the valley for his tiny museum...

Visited July 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting experience but overpriced and service poor”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The village itself was very pretty to walk around even with a killer hangover, however this museum was too much interested in exploiting the Giger angle and whilst a fair size was by no means huge, price was something extortionate and staff were quite indifferent. Definitely not for children. Go if you are a big fan otherwise save up and buy some gruyere or something.

Visited May 2013
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