BE AMAZED
AT THE AMREINS’
COLLECTION
OF TREASURES

The museum in the Swiss House is a collection of wonders. It tells about the prehistory of the Alps, but also about their conquest and cataloguing by the pioneers of mountain climbing and tourism. The former residence of the Glacier Garden's founder houses many special highlights, including the oldest mountain relief in the world, which shows Central Switzerland and was built by Franz Ludwig Pfyffer in the 18th century. Further reliefs and dioramas, together with rock finds, lead one into the world of the Alps.

GLACIER MUSEUM

immerse
yourself in
the world
of glaciers

The Glacier Museum offers a glimpse into the formation, the fascination and the transformation of the alpine glacier. Experience the eternal coming and going of the Ice Ages.

LAND OF GLACIERS
This show introduces and shows detailed information on around 400 glaciers. It also provides information about their retreat since 1850. The 25 largest glaciers are presented through images, graphics and texts about tourism, art and history.

ICE CORES

Ice drilling in the Arctic, Antarctic and in the Monte Rosa region reveals information about the past. History that reaches back hundreds of thousands of years is stored in glacier ice.

GLACIER RELIEF

Above the relief of the Bernina region with its impressive glaciers, we show documentary films about the formation, movement and exploration of the glaciers.

ICE CRYSTALLIZER
Snow is formed from water vapour. Watch the live formation of ice crystals!

GEOWORLD

learn
where
modern man
came from

The GeoWorld turns on the clock of Earth's history. It demonstrates where the knowledge of prehistory comes from and provides information about the life of the Ice Age man.

THE MILLION YEAR SHOW

see WHAT
WAS GOING ON
IN LUCERNE
ages ago

This multimedia show presents the prehistory of Lucerne in just 10 minutes. It travels in time from the subtropical palm seashore which once lay here to the glacier world of the Ice Ages.

LUCERNE 20 MILLION YEARS AGO
20 million years before our time, the Alps were young and the climate in Lucerne was subtropical. An estuary stretched out in front of the Alps. Rivers flowing from the mountains deposited pebbles, sand and mud on its coast. Plants flourished in the warm, humid climate and crocodiles, rhinoceroses and mastodons – the precursors of elephants – lived there.

LUCERNE 20,000 YEARS AGO
The ice was around 800 metres thick at the height of the last Ice Age, around 20,000 years ago. The legacy of this enormous alpine glacier can still be seen in Lucerne's landscape today – in the form of moraines and boulders, or polished traces in the rock.

RELIEFS

discover
the central
switzerland
of 1786 IN 3-D 

It's an ancient desire of man to explore,  record and map his environment. To this end, the Glacier Garden displays numerous landscape models – from the oldest mountain relief ever created, the relief of Central Switzerland by Franz Ludwig Pfyffer, to the most modern digitally animated relief of Central Switzerland.

INTERACTIVE RELIEF
The relief project by the Linth-Escher Foundation shows the most modern relief technology and allows the public to experience the relief in a tactile way.

PFYFFER RELIEF
Franz Ludwig Pfyffer von Wyher built the relief of Central Switzerland between 1749 and 1786. It is based on his own measurements and is considered the world's oldest mountain relief. The masterpiece is under monument protection and is is explained in a multimedia production.

MUOTATAL RELIEF
The relief takes the visitor back in time to the French Revolutionary Wars. Russia and Austria wanted to curb France's expansion, free the areas in Italy and Switzerland which were occupied by the French, and thereby also prevent a Helvetic Republic. In the Swiss Muotatal, there were fierce battles between the French troops under General Massena and the Russian troops under General Suworow on September 30 and October 1, 1799.  The relief in the Glacier Garden depicts these multiphase battles in time-lapse. The model, staged with around 700 tin soldiers, was built by an eye-witness to the battle, the future Captain J.S. Nideroest from Schwyz.

GOTTHARD RELIEF

A multimedia show guides the visitor through the Gotthard relief by Xaver Imfeld, which was displayed at the Paris World's Fair of 1889 with the intention of attracting tourists to the still-new Gotthard railway line.

SÄNTIS RELIEF
The Säntis Relief by Albert Heim is considered the pinnacle of alpine relief construction. It was built between 1898 and 1903.

AMREIN-TROLLER ROOMS

PARTICIPATE
IN THE
LIFE OF THE
amreins

This is how the founders of the Glacier Garden lived. In the Swiss House, there is an early Baroque bedroom from the 18th century, a former meeting room of the foundation's board, a marquetry room with scenes from Swiss history, and Marie Amrein-Troller's study.

further MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS:

MIRROR MAZE

WHO CAN
FIND THEIR
WAY OUT OF
THE MAZE?

The exotic Mirror Maze dates from the end of the 1800s and is an attraction from the early days of tourism that remains as fascinating as it is bewildering.


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NATURAL MONUMENT

touch
the legacy
of the
ice age

The glacier potholes and boulders, as well as the fossilised seashells and palm fronds, lead directly into the prehistory of Lucerne's foothill landscape.


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PARK

stroll
through
the alpine
garden

Follow the rocks and discover the prehistory of the Alps! Get a magical look at the Gorner Glacier from right in the middle of the city! And climb up to the observation tower and discover the Pilatus!


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