Fodor's Expert Review Giger Museum

Gruyeres Museum/Gallery

This museum houses the world's largest collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, and film designs by the enormously talented but equally tormented H. R. Giger. The Swiss surrealist, who died in 2014, won an Academy Award for his set design for the horror film Alien; he was not likely to win any prizes for his cheerful, healthy outlook on life (or women). That said, a few of his sculpture-furniture pieces are very good. Most people get enough of an idea about the artist just by sitting in the Giger Bar, opposite the museum. Here you can admire ceiling buttresses that look like elongated backbones with ribs, and his ingenious trademark chairs: yet more spines and ribs, with pelvises for headrests.


Quick Facts

Château St. Germain
Gruyères, Fribourg  1663, Switzerland


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: 12.50 SF, Apr.–Oct., daily 10–6; Nov.–Mar., Tues.–Fri. 1–5, weekends 10–6, Closed Mon. and Tues. Nov.–Mar.

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