While the Matterhorn Museum looks like a modern architectural marvel from the outside, its dark and somewhat depressing interiors tell stories of the brave souls who lost their lives while ascending the Matterhorn. It also provides visitors an insight into the history of Zermatt and the daily lives of the simple townsfolk. Make sure you take a good look at the disreputable rope that broke in 1865 and turned what could have been a splendid conquest of the mountain into a tragic tale. Also take some time out to read Teddy Roosevelt's letters to his sister, documenting his experiences with the Matterhorn, the Grim Reaper of a mountain that claims up to twelve lives each year. You have to be very experienced, fit and brave to climb this giant. The entry to the museum which is open from 11am to 6pm is around 15 Swiss Francs with an audio-guide and tickets are available at the main entrance.
We then headed to the Rietberg Museum to catch their Teotihuacan and "Pleasure and intoxication in Indian painting" exhibitions. The museum collections (as well as the gift shop and cafe) are housed in a few separate buildings scattered about a beautiful park setting. A little on the overwhelming side, viewing the special exhibitions took up such a good chunk of time that we didn't even have a chance to see the permanent collection. There probably won't be a next time for us (yeah, I'm gonna be lame and let this be my way of telling you we're moving back to California in July), but I'm sure C and Y will get back there one of these days. Thanks for a great day, friends! It was a fun, full day and made me sad to be leaving so soon. I'm definitely going to miss long Easter weekends!