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Nov
23
Fri
Albert Smith. The spectacle of Mont Blanc
Nov 23 2018 @ 10:10 – Sep 8 2019 @ 11:10

Temporary exhibition

Albert Smith. Le spectacle du Mont-Blanc

The incredible story of Albert Smith (1816-1860), English lover of the Mont-Blanc, adventurer and above all a showman, is awaiting you at the Swiss Museum of Games!

After several trips along the shores of Lake Geneva to Chamonix, Smith staged an unprecedented succesful show in London. To maximize profits, he developed a large number of “merchandising” products, mainly in form of games, highlighting the clichés about Switzerland with great humor. Thanks to his inventiveness, Smith helped to popularize trips to Switzerland within Victorian Britain.

An exhibition in collaboration with the Museo Nazionale della Montagna in Turin.

 

 

 

 

Lecture cycle for the temporary exhibition:

The 28th February at 6.30 pm

Switzerland in miniature: From the romantic show to the conquest of the Alps by Patrick Vincent, President of the ACVS

The 21st March at 6.30 pm

Mountains and wonders: origin, growth and decline of Swiss Alpine tourism? By Rafael Matos-Wasem, geographer, dr. in Economics and Social Sciences, HES-SO Valais-Wallis

 

The lectures are followed by an aperitif

Free entry

 

Workshop:

The rise of Mont Blanc, what an adventure!

In the 19th century, the Englishman Albert Smith tells of the rise of Mont Blanc and his adventures in the form of a game. Inspired by Smith’s model, children can create a game.

Information and reservations on 021 977 23 00

 

Guided tours for groups upon request

Information and reservations on 021 977 23 00

 

Jan
24
Thu
Private collection – Bruno Gaeng’s passion for beautiful games
Jan 24 @ 11:00 – Sep 8 @ 18:00
Private collection - Bruno Gaeng's passion for beautiful games

exhibition portfolio

Private collection – Bruno Gaeng’s passion for beautiful games

In 2018, the passionate collector Bruno Gaeng from Montreux, donated 262 games of his collection to the museum. Over time, Bruno Gaeng was looking for beautiful objects and his collection has become a combination of aesthetics, nostalgia and diversity. In the large showcase of our gallery, an exhibition folder shows a large selection of this unusual collection and explains the special approach of Bruno Gaeng.

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