Summer resorts and climate change, mountain farmers and glacial retreat, tourism and second homes: The Swiss Alpine Museum uses unconventional approaches to address current issues affecting mountains around the world. The ensuing debate connects the cultural, scientific, business, social and political sectors. The museum acts as an interactive platform that raises questions and then discusses them. Exhibitions, events and projects all address the differing perspectives.
At “las alps”, the museum’s own restaurant, visitors are treated to delicious lunch menus, relaxed Sunday brunch from October to April and – upon request – evening cocktail parties. The museum can also be booked for private events and banquets. Find out more here.
Special Exhibitions and Activities at the Swiss Alpine Museum
The museum stages exciting special exhibitions and hosts diverse events all focused on the theme of mountains. Currently, the following exhibitions and activities invite you to ponder, relax and share experiences.
Beautiful Mountains. A Matter of Opinion
“Beautiful Mountains. A Matter of Opinion” displays 120 pictures of mountains from the Swiss Alpine Museum’s collection of paintings – from Ferdinand Hodler’s “Aufstieg und Absturz” (Ascent and Fall) to less familiar works and names. Who is painting here and why? Why do we have this longing for unspoilt nature? Where does cliché meet reality? A journey through the motifs of painters and the common story of the relationship that joins people and the mountains in Switzerland. The exhibition runs until 1 September 2019.
Echo. The Mountain Is Answering You.
The “Biwak” exhibition space constantly embraces new themes. Each exhibition is installed for three to four months. The current installation runs until 27 October 2019 and is a sound exhibition in collaboration with the musician and voice collector Christian Zehnder, who collects Alpine echoes with the “Echotopos” app. The exhibition displays seven of them and provides insights into cultural history and echo phenomena in the animal kingdom.
Group Tour: Listening to Bern
The echo under the Lorraine Bridge is one of the acoustical highlights of the city of Bern. This tour of the city’s acoustically interesting spots will show you how worthwhile it is to listen to Bern, which places have particularly exceptional acoustics, and where the sound waves resonate in a very special way.
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