The Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) in Lucerne is Switzerland’s premiere Glacier Museum. The museum is almost 150 years old, but the special exhibition “Glaciers of the World” is brand new.
“Glaciers of the World” was opened on November 4th 2015, and will conclude on April 10th 2016. Together with glaciologists and photographers, Jürg Alean has designed exhibition in which large panoramas of glaciers from around the world are on display, along with pictures of mysterious ice structures, and glacier-dwelling animals and plants. Photographs featured in the exhibit were taken by Jürg Alean and Michael Hambrey.
The Gacier Garden, where the exhibit is displayed, was first opened in 1873, following the owner’s discovery of strange rock formations and holes on the grounds. Upon scientific examination these uniquely smooth rocks and divots were found to be evidence of a glacier that once covered the area. Today Swiss glaciers exist only on the highest mountains, but the findings corroborated the story that glaciers once covered the land.
“Glaciers are fascinating, not only for specialists, but also for our [museum] guests,” Andreas Burri, director of Glacier Garden told GlacierHub in an email. “Most [people] don’t have the opportunity to go on a glacier and if these glaciers are far away in the Arctic or Antarctic, the visit is nearly impossible.”
The greatest impact that the Glacier Garden has on people is in allowing people to discover glaciers. This discovery is heightened by the realization of how quickly our remaining glaciers are disappearing.
“An important aspect is the discussion of the climatic change,” Burri added. “People became sensitive to environmental or disappearing phenomenas like glaciers. In the Alps, the declining of the glaciers is obviously and the whole issue is in the head of (parts of) the society. It is assumed, that in 50 years most of the big glaciers in the Alps are melted away. This forecast makes people thinking about …. and we as the “Glacier Garden” have the intention to be a further trigger of these thinking processes.”
If you would like to learn more about the Glacier Garden, please visit their website.