The history of Zermatt and the Matterhorn is the central theme of the Matterhorn Museum and a must for every Zermatt visitor. The additional name of the museum "Zermatlantis" stands for the sunken world, the past time of old Zermatt. Experience how the god-fearing inhabitants of the former village fought against storms, how mountaineers once climbed the Matterhorn and how four of them crashed on their first ascent. Among other things, the torn rope of the first ascent will be presented in multimedia form.
The underground museum is built like the old village Zermatt. The centre is the Museumsdorfplatz. From here you can reach the accessible buildings such as the mountain guide's cabin or the priest's house.
In the multivision room excerpts of the cult film "Der Berg ruft" by Luis Trenker are shown. It was shot in 1937/1938 in Zermatt. The light lines on the relief of the Matterhorn show which routes are used to climb it.
Special exhibition on Walter Bonatti
Since 2012 the museum has had a special exhibition about the alpinism pioneer Walter Bonatti. He had climbed the Matterhorn north face alone for the first time in 1965.
The museum hosts special exhibitions at regular intervals. In addition, cultural events often take place here.
The museum was opened in 2006. Steiner, who designed the concept for the museum, also designed the Glasi Hergiswil, the Hafenmuseum Hamburg and the Swiss National Museum. Every year, the Matterhorn Museum Zermatlantis is visited by around 40,000 people.
How to get there
You will find the Matterhorn Museum in the centre of Zermatt at the end of Bahnhofstraße. A former casino was converted into a museum. You enter the museum via the entrance in the garden of the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof at Kirchplatz.