Swiss Alpine Museum

Amuse Bouche

A greeting from the collection

Amuse Bouche is a format for providing information about the collection, thanks to a display case in las alps restaurant that presents a regularly changing display of spectacular objects from the holdings. The mini podcast of the same name relates the stories that lie behind the collection highlights and explains what makes them so unique.

From the glacier to the museum
The Oberaar glacier released it after 29 years – and the cantonal police in Bern sent it back to its owner: Daniel Hofstetter’s rucksack. The rucksack is a testament to the 1990s, bearing witness to the dangers of mountaineering and providing evidence not only of the power of nature but also of climate change, which is causing the glacier to melt. The find shows how materials are eroded by glacier, sand, and dirt.

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From the glacier to the museum

Living together, managing life together
These days, duties and privileges within a community are mostly distributed and documented digitally. In a time before writing, however, objects with etched marks performed this role. These “tallies”, or Tesseln are evidence of the nineteenth century, relating how people lived together, the challenges they faced, and what their everyday lives looked like.

Living together, managing life together

Finally at the summit!
The summit awaits at the end of the ascent - and those who have made it to the top like to share this with others. Many mountain peaks therefore have a summit book in which mountaineers immortalize themselves. A box, books and a metal stele can be found as summit books in the collection of the ALPS and show how the form of immortalization has changed.

Finally at the summit!

Ruhm und Alteisen
Was bleibt von einer erfolgreichen Sportkarriere? Marie-Theres Nadig gewann 1972 als 17-jährige überraschend zwei olympische Goldmedaillen und wurde zum Skistar. Trotz zahlreicher Trophäen, Pokale und Medaillen, bedeuteten ihr diese materiellen Zeugnisse wenig. Heute bewahrt das ALPS einige ihrer Trophäen auf, doch stellt sich die Frage: Welche sind wirklich wichtig? Und wie können sie Nadigs Erfolge und Bedeutung für das Skifahren am besten dokumentieren? Was passiert mit den übrigen Trophäen?

Amuse-Bouche: Ruhm und Alteisen