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Schweizerisches Alpines Museum

Swiss Alpine Museum

The Swiss Alpine Museum is a museum that focuses on the culture and nature of the Swiss Alps. If you’ve ever been transfixed by the Swiss Alps – if you’ve seen pictures, read stories, and downloaded wallpapers online – then you know how beautiful they are already. What if you want to know more about them while you’re visiting though? The Swiss Alpine Museum will help you learn all about the Swiss Alps. It will increase and enhance your appreciation of them while you’re there and after you return home. What better place is there to learn about the Swiss Alps than in Switzerland, at the Swiss Alpine Museum?

History

The Swiss Alpine Club established the museum in 1905, and the Bernese section of the club initiated the founding of the museum. The museum moved to where it is now in 1933, and it changed locations from Helvetiaplatz. It was built by a couple of architects in the Neues Bauen style. The museum had an extensive renovation done in the early 1990s. 

Since the early 1930s, the museum has been a foundation supported by the Swiss Alpine Club, the Office of Culture of the Canton of Bern, the University of Bern, and a number of other institutions.

Collections 

The Swiss Alpine Museum has exhibits that cover winter sports, alpinism, folklore, cartography, fauna, flora, meteorology, glaciology, tectonics, and geology. There is also a lot of visual arts related to the Swiss Alps. There are more than 20,000 objects at the museum, as well as thousands of photographs, and hundreds of prints and paintings. It also has the world’s biggest collection of raised-relief maps.

Visitors can look through a permanent exhibition of objects labeled in English, Italian, French, and German, as well as some temporary exhibitions that cover certain facets of the scope of the museum.

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