Swiss Museum of Transport
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Swiss Museum of Transport and Communication is located in Lucerne, in central Switzerland. Opening in 1959, it is the most popular museum in Switzerland, attracting visitors from around the country. Features of the the museum is an IMAX theater, a planetarium, and what is known as the ‘Swiss Area’, an activity room featuring an aerial map of Switzerland.
The museum features outside and inside areas, and is open throughout the year. The variety of exhibitions and interactive displays make the museum enjoyable for all ages. The museum is huge, covering an area of 20,000 square meters, featuring more than 3,000 objects focusing on all different forms of transportation including life-size aeroplane models, working locomotive trains, as well as several simulators.
A locomotive simulator gives visitors the chance to experience what it feels like to drive a train, while the car crash simulator allows visitors to experience what it might be like to be involved in a car crash. This simulator comes along safety warnings about driving as well as statistics on the number of car crashes – an interesting but rather sobering display.
Recently added was the Communications Museum, which features a working radio and TV studio. Visitors are able to record a CD of them hosting a radio show, and a green screen allows people to present their own weather program.
You will need the entire day in order to get around the whole museum, and you may even want to come back. Small children, teenagers, and adults alike will enjoy the many different attractions on offer.
IMAX TheaterThe IMAX Theater, which stands for Image Maximum, like the others around the world are cinemas that features huge screens in addition to other lifelike features, and mostly screen documentaries, though some entertainment films have now been converted to be shown on IMAX screens. The IMAX screen at the Transport Museum is the largest screen in Switzerland, and currently shows both documentaries, such as the Penguin Migration, Galapagos 3D, and Jerusalem 3D as well as entertainment films such as Night in the Museum 3, and The Hobbit.
Admission to the theater is not included in the admission fee to the Transport Museum, though combo tickets and upgrades can be bought to enable cheaper admission. Admission to the film theater is 18 CHF during the day without a museum ticket, and 14 CHF with a museum ticket. The IMAX theater is also open in the evening, and admission is 19 CHF for adults and 16 CHF for youth. The theater also offers discounts to students, and young people.
PlanetariumThe planetarium features a blackout theater upon which images of the night-time sky are projected on the domed roof. The planetarium, opened several years after the opening of the museum, in 1969, features at 18-meter-high dome covering an area of 1,667 feet squared.
Although you can simply walk around the Planetarium and get a good look at the projection of the sky, you are also able to watch some incredible presentations. These presentations often change depending on the time of year, representing the interesting parts of the sky at certain times of year. The presentations tickets must be bought, but this can be done when entering the museum, and combo-tickets are available.
Swiss Chocolate AdventureRecently, in partnership with Swiss brand Lindt Chocolate, a ‘multimedia theme world’ has been added to the transport museum. The theme is of course chocolate, and visitors learn about the making, processing, and history of chocolate. The ride follows the journey from the cocoa bean to the sale of the finished chocolate products in Lindt stores across the world. You’ll be happy to know that you get a chance to taste the chocolate!
Getting ThereThe Swiss Museum of Transport is located just outside Lucerne, one of the major cities in central Switzerland. There is parking available nearby, though you have to pay a small fee, or alternatively you can take the tram, bus, or boat. Take the S3 train from Zug or Luzern and get off at Luzern Verkehrhaus stop. Alternatively take bus number 6, 8 or 24 to Verkehrshaus stop. You can also take the boat from across the lake and get off at the Verkehrshaus lido, where the museum is just a short walk away.
The museum is open from 10AMto 6PM in the summertime, and closes one hour earlier in the winter. The museum is open every day. There are two restaurants, restaurant Piccard, and restaurant Mercato, as well as a café and bar, open for as long as the museum is.
The museum is 30 CHF for adults, and 15 CHF for people under 15 years of age. Children under six go free. There are combo tickets for the chocolate adventure, planetarium and IMAX theater, all of which can be bought at the entrance to the museum.
The museum also has a congress center. For really special occasions you are able to rent out certain exhibition halls to be used as party venues.
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Author: hannahbarkan. Last updated: Jan 04, 2015