Museum of Earth Sciences
The Earth Sciences Museum is located in the heart of Martigny, in the same building as the tourist office and the entrance is located at the back of the building.
Founded in 2008 and managed by the Tissières Foundation, it presents the universe of minerals from Valais and around the world as well as the reconstruction of a mine gallery. A temporary exhibition is held every year on the theme of geology.
Paid car parks in the city of Martigny.
The parts of the museum
The different elements of the Museum of Earth Sciences are as follows:
- 3rd floor: Reception, temporary exhibition
- 2nd floor: Mineral collections
- Underground: Mining in Valais
The third floor houses the reception, which acts as a ticket office and sells small minerals and books related to geology. It also hosts temporary exhibitions such as the “monochrome” exhibition in 2019, which consists of a series of black and white photographs of alpine landscapes by Canadian Sébastien Albert.
The third floor contains the library and a conference room, both of which are closed to visitors.
The second floor is dedicated to the meticulous presentation in display cases of minerals from the Valais and around the world.
The underground of the Musuem of Earth Sciences is dedicated to mining in Valais and consists of the reconstruction of a mine gallery and the presentation of the various objects of the mining world. This is the most interesting part of the museum, especially for children.
The mines of French-speaking Switzerland
The Museum of Earth Sciences tells us that many mines have existed in the Valais but none are still in operation today. The only visitable (in summer) is the Copper mine of La Lée in Zinal at the bottom of the Val d’Anniviers. It has the disadvantage of being accessible only after a 1h30 walk.
In French-speaking Switzerland, two remarkable mines can be visited:
The Bex mines are the only mines still in operation in French-speaking Switzerland today.