The Matterhorn Museum Zermatlantis is the second most popular museum in Canton Valais. Only the world famous Fondation Gianadda is a step ahead. The Matterhorn Museum Zermatlantis opened its doors in 2006. Since then, almost 400,000 visitors have visited the museum. The number of admissions varies from year to year from nearly 40,000 to the 52,379 in the 2015 record year, which was the jubilee year celebrating 150 Years First Ascent of the Matterhorn. “In 2015, we were able to report a record number of visitors,” said museum director Edy Schmid. “Those who come to the mountains during the summer hardly ever go to the museum when the weather is beautiful,” stated Schmid. Normally, there was a drop in visitors then. “So we were all the more amazed that sunny August 2015 was the absolute record month for us with over 11,000 visitors.”
He and his team are available for explanations and tours if guests request them. And they do so in English and French as well. “It is nice to see how guests take the time to study the pictures and read the texts while taking their time,” added Schmid. Also, the cuts taken out of “Der Berg ruft” (The Mountain Calls), Luis Trenker’s film made in 1938 about the first ascent, always inspires and move visitors. Further new film sequences where the Matterhorn is the protagonist have been added.
Special Exhibit Extended
During the jubilee year, the main draw was the special exhibit by the Zermatt photographer and researcher Matthias Taugwalder. He is a direct descendent of Peter Taugwalder, the first mountain guide and climber of the Matterhorn. The exhibit, “The Search for the Truth” («Die Suche nach der Wahrheit»), was extended to 3 April 2016 because of its popularity.
Discover New Things
Beginning in January, “the mercenary” (der Söldner) from the Theodul Pass has returned from his visit to the South Tirol Archaeology Museum in Bozen, where his remains were on display with those of “Ötzi”, the glacier corpse, as part of the exhibit “Frozen Stories.” Glacier artefacts from recent times always tell more stories about past events. In summer 2016, a special exhibit about the Zermatt glacier world will also be on display. Edy Schmid said about the glacier discoveries: “When someone has found something appearing to be antique, he is required to hand this over to Canton Valais.” This is the law.
New Members are Welcome
The museum is organised as an association with over 300 members. Edy Schmid is the president. New members are very welcome. Membership for an individual is CHF 50; for families, CHF 75 or more. For information about becoming a member, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.