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Matterhorn Museum, Zermatt
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Learn about the early climbers who reached the summit of the Matterhorn at Matterhorn Museum. Head underground to this museum, which is set up to resemble a mountain village with 14 houses as well as a church, hotel, huts, and granaries. Learn about the development of the area and the many climbers who frequent it, and see samples of the equipment and gear they use. Watch a film from the 1930s about the competition between Edward Whymper and Jean Antoine Carrel, who each attempted to reach the summit--one from the Swiss side, and one from the Italian side. The museum showcases the broken rope from the first ascent of the mountain in 1865 and one of the two stones that Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier took from the summit and brought with him on the Space Shuttle Endeavour mission in 1993. The museum is centrally located in the village at a walkable distance from other local attractions. Make Matterhorn Museum part of your personalized Zermatt itinerary using our Zermatt itinerary planner.
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  • It was a very cloudy day, so instead of going up to the Gornergrat, we went to the museum which we did not plan of doing. I am very glad I went. While I am easily bored with visiting some museums and ...  more »
  • In the heart of Zermatt, the Matterhorn is a museum. Here you can learn the historical highlights of early alpinism around the Matterhorn - unfortunately also for the numerous tragedies first and foremost associated on and around the mountain. A great variety of holidays or bad weather... Absolute recommendation!
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  • It is a very interesting presentation of the history of Zermatt and the Matterhorn. I especially appreciated the room dedicated to science through the years, focused on the minerals found there as wel...  more »
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  • So cool! Learned about the history of Zermatt and the mountaineers that put the Matterhorn on the map.
  • Awed by the stories behind the early climbers and the primitive tools they used for the climb. Simply unbelievable and admire their courage and visionary leadership that has made our visits today so enjoyable.
  • Very interesting story about the first Matterhorn ascent, and nice exhibition about old Zermatt lifestyle. Worth a visit.
  • The museum is a summary of the history of the climbers who have climbed the Matterhorn. Also nice for kids, it offers evocative reconstructions and interesting details about the city and its past.
  • Interesting history of Zermatt and the journey of many who tried to conquer the mountain.