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World Nature Forum in Naters

The interactive exhibition on the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site

The UNESCO Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region is one of the most beautiful mountain regions in the world. A visit to the museum will never restore the strength of the imposing walls of the Bernese Alps or the majesty of the Aletsch glacier. However, a visit to the World Nature Forum is a must. In fact, only its interactive exhibition allows you to have an overview of the region and to discover this UNESCO World Heritage site with its five senses.

 

«Die Stimme des Welterbes»

Wie haben sich die Dialekte seit den 1950er Jahre verändert? Was sind die Unterschiede? Genau dies können Sie im neusten Exponat im World Nature Forum erfahren. Das neueste Exponat befindet sich in einer eigens dafür montierten Gondel. Lesen und hören Sie sich die verschiedenen Dialekte der UNESCO-Welterberegion und der angrenzenden Gebiete an. Sie werden erstaunt über die Veränderung der Sprachen sein. 

Am Mittwoch, 27. Oktober 2021 um 18.00 Uhr findet im WNF in Naters, anlässlich des UNESCO-Welttags des audiovisuellen Erbes, die Einweihung des neuen Exponats «Die Stimme des Welterbes» statt: Dieser Themenbereich ist ab Oktober 2021 fester Bestandteil der Ausstellung im WNF und stellt Dialektaufnahmen in kartografischer Einbettung dar. Die Sprachdokumente stammen vom «Audiovisuellen Sprachatlas der deutschen Schweiz», welcher im Rahmen einer Dissertation an der Universität Bern im Jahre 2005 erstellt wurde. Der Inhalt ist von verschiedenen Orten mit exakt denselben Satzstellungen, damit Vergleiche ermöglicht werden und diese sowohl visuell als auch auditiv erfahrbar sind. Für das ungestörte Hörerlebnis wurde eine Gondel aus der Jungfrauregion im Ausstellungsbereich installiert. Die öffentliche Präsentation am 27. Oktober findet zusätzlich im Konferenzbereich des WNF statt. Eine Anmeldung ist erforderlich, bitte senden Sie hierfür ein Mail an info@jungfraualetsch.ch.

New!

UNESCOpedia

Another highlight is the new UNESCOpedia exhibit. A giant screen explains the importance, creation and impact of UNESCO in a clear and memorable way. The screen also shines a spotlight on the work of the “Natural and Culture Heritage for Sustainable Mountain Development” and UNITWIN chair programmes. What do our World Heritage Site, Chile’s Coyhaique National Reserve and Mount Kenya National Park have in common?

UNESCOpedia not only provides the answer, but enhances its response with an impressive display of descriptions, images and documents. The informative exhibit also explores the exhibition currently on show in the visitor centre: as well as providing more in-depth information on the temporary exhibition, it also displays the journey of the painted lady butterfly in a memorable fashion, with breath-taking images and maps that make it easy for everyone to understand. The SAJA World Heritage Organisation is another central topic on UNESCOpedia. It features an example project to help explain the areas of education and appreciation, while the awareness project “Summit art in the flows of time” takes visitors right to the Aletsch Glacier through the use of spectacular drone imagery. There are also games and a multiplayer quiz for up to four people to add a touch of variety and fun to the experience. The exhibit is rounded off with a library and feedback tool.

Exhibition

The World Nature Forum provides visitors with an overview of the Aletsch Arena region, an insight into its exciting history, and a unique view of its landscapes and culture. The exhibition was designed as a base camp for the World Heritage site and provides visitors with the necessary tools to navigate within this site. With exciting films, interactive stations and various artifacts, the exhibition awakens the visitor’s spirit of research and raises central questions about how best to understand this natural heritage. The Panorama area is definitely the highlight of the exhibition: on a 100 square meter screen films from UNESCO World Heritage films are projected.

New exhibit from July 2020

Our UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch stands out thanks to its biodiversity. Yet insects are often viewed as pests in everyday life, even though they are vital and play a key role in our ecosystems. For example, they serve as a food source for a variety of animals, produce raw materials and pollinate around 87.5% of wild and cultivated plants.

Yet nature’s little heroes are critically endangered: the destruction of their habitats, the use of pesticides, intensive farming, light pollution and climate change are having a devastating impact on insect numbers.

Our new exhibit not only presents you with the diversity and benefits of the insect world but also invites you to discover our Alpine flora and some of the animal inhabitants

Opening hours Today (Saturday) open

Opening hours World Nature Forum

Tues.–Sun. 10.00–17.00 hours

Closed Mondays

Subject to change without prior notice

Admission fees

Individuals

  • CHF 18.00 Adults
  • CHF 15.00 Apprentices/students
  • CHF 9.00 Children aged 6–16
  • Free of charge Children up to the age of 6
  • CHF 42.00 Families

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

Plan journey

The World Nature Forum is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Brig Railway Station.

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