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Initially I had wanted to write about our visit to the Swiss Transport Museum as part of our day in Lucerne. However we felt that it deserved a separate post on its own after the visit.
To reach the museum from Lion Monument, we caught Bus 23 from Löwenplatz to Luzern Bahnhof, crossed the street and then took Trolleybus 8 until Verkehrhaus station.
Before entering the museum, we decided to take a stroll along Lake Lucerne.
Our ticket cost 15 CHF instead of 30 CHF due to our Swiss Saver Pass. It would be really steep if we had to pay the full amount.
The museum is divided into areas for the different forms of transportation (rail, road, water and air) as well as communications. The first area that we visited was on rail transportation.
What really impressed us was the hands-on activities which kids were able to participate. At the rail area, kids could learn how the rail tracks work.
In the outdoor part of the museum, there was something like a road safety park where children could learn about traffic rules.
There was also a construction yard where the kids could find out whether they have what it takes to be a member of the construction crew. They were clearly enjoying themselves.
Another feature which impressed us were the display of road signs.
The building with the road signs naturally focused on the exhibits related to road transportation.
Beside the various hands-on activities (eg. test whether your eyesight is good enough for driving), the highlight of the road transport section got to be the Autoteatro.
Disguised as a TV show, it is highly interactive and the audience can choose to see the vehicles that they want to view by pressing the button in front. We had much fun voting despite not understanding German.
Despite Switzerland being a landlocked country, there is a section devoted to water transport.
Located in the same building as the water transport exhibits was an interactive element which I couldn’t quite figure out how to use it.
The next section that we visited was the Hans Erni Museum. Hans Erni is a local artist and a large number of his artworks are in the museum. Beside his works, there was also a corner for visitors to showcase their talents in art.
Air travel was probably the section which I had the most interest in. There were quite a number of planes and models on display there.
The star of the air travel exhibits was actually located outside.
A more successful model was displayed as well.
Just before leaving, we discovered that there was a section dedicated to communications.
Visitors could stand in front of the green background and pretended that they were somewhere else. The videos of their clowning could be viewed on a console. Hilarious max.
We thought that Verkehrhaus der Schweiz was 15 CHF well-spent; I wouldn’t mind paying the full price either. Learned quite a lot of things in an interesting manners. If only all museums are as engaging!