Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

Raising the curtain on the 50th anniversary of the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne

    Lucerne (ots) - Switzerland's most popular museum currently attracts more than 820,000 visitors a year and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. With the "VHS 2009" investment project covering approximately 50 million Swiss francs, the management of the Swiss Museum of Transport launched and completed what might well be a record- breaking new building and attraction-enhancing programme with a long- term impact on both the premises and content of the museum.

    On 27 June 2009, the 50th birthday of the Swiss Museum of Transport, the new two-storey Road Transport Hall with a spectacular display store, an interactive car theatre, exciting theme islands and a display workshop will be officially opened to the public. At the same time, the redesigned multifunctional open-air arena with a children's traffic training area and a roadbuilding arena as well as the new documentation centre with archive and reference library will be opened. And of course the anniversary will be appropriately celebrated on this day. These are just some of the exciting attractions and events awaiting visitors of the Swiss Museum of Transport in its anniversary year!

    Already since November 2008, visitors and guests have been streaming into the museum through the new FutureCom entrance building with its visually arresting facade on which some 5,000 wheels are displayed. FutureCom now offers a brand-new experience, too: the Media Factory communication exhibition, two new restaurants, the museum shop and a state-of-the-art conference centre. The IMAX Theatre and the Planetarium are celebrating the anniversary, too; the former by premiering 3D digital technology films (new cinema films are screened in the evening) and the latter with innovative programmes. The museum's website www.verkehrshaus.ch has also been rejuvenated, and a fascinating new anniversary book is now available («Das Verkehrsbuch der Schweiz», German and French only). The completion of these final anniversary project phases marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Swiss Museum of Transport - one marked by enhanced clarity and spaciousness.

    The Swiss Museum of Transport - a never-ending source of exciting discoveries!

    In-depth media texts Road Transport Hall/Arena:   www.verkehrshaus.ch/presse Documentation centre:  Website Documentation centre

    Print-quality images:  www.photopress.ch/image/verkehrshaus

    For more information:  Swiss Museum of Transport, www.verkehrshaus.ch

ots Originaltext: Swiss Museum of Transport
Internet: www.presseportal.ch

Contact:
Blandina Werren
Head of Corporate Communications          
E-Mail: blandina.werren@verkehrshaus.ch
Tel.:    +41/41/375'74'72

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