Snow. The wonder in white

From 4 March to 1 July 2022 the exhibition “Snow” invites you to engage with the wonder in white through a range of playful, scientific, poetic and artistic exhibits. Guided tours, a reading evening and other events complement the exhibition.

Key visual of the exhibition "Snow" (Design: Maison Standard GmbH)

Snow never leaves us cold – a snow flurry can make us feel safe and snug when we’re indoors, can make a ski run that bit more exciting, and can make a walk in the mountains a little bit magical.  We can rekindle the wonder of those moments when we shake a snow globe. And it’s not only childhood dreams that involve snow. But does the snow have to be real for it to be magical? Around half of Switzerland’s ski slopes are now groomed with artificial snow. And with climate change, snow is becoming something of a rare commodity that can be replaced by a synthetic product. 

The exhibition traces the history of snow. The first flakes fell long before we humans inhabited the Earth. Over the course of the last 150 years, we have radically redefined snow, from hazard – to tourist attraction – to replaceable substance. And the development of the high Alpine region and the rise in the snow line have changed Switzerland’s nature and culture. What snow will fall in the Switzerland of the future? The “Snow. The wonder in white” exhibition invites you to engage with this question through a range of playful, scientific, poetic and artistic exhibits.


Opening hours
4 March – 1 July 2022
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free admission

Private guided tours available on request:


Public preview
3 March 2022, 6 p.m.

Museum night
18 March 2022, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

26 and 27 March 2022: exhibition open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
26 March 2022, 4 – 5 p.m.: Arno Camenisch reads from “Der letzte Schnee” (in German)
27 March 2022, 2 – 3 p.m.: “Lenchen – Ein Livehörspiel” a live radio play for anyone aged 6+ (in German)
Free admission

The big melt
5 April 2022, 6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
A reading evening (in German) organised by the NL and the Swiss Alpine Museum to tie in with the exhibitions “Snow” and “Das Skivirus”
CHF 15 (including admission to the exhibition and mulled wine)
Venue: Swiss Alpine Museum

Double the snow 
26 April 2022, 5.30 – 7 p.m. 
Guided tour (in German) of the exhibitions “Snow” at the NL and “Das Skivirus” at the Swiss Alpine Museum, with curators Hannes Mangold and Beat Hächler
CHF 15 (including admission to the exhibition and a drink)
Meeting place: NL, event ends at the Swiss Alpine Museum

From Barry to Barryvox
18 May 2022, 5.30 – 6.30 p.m.
Guided tour (in German) on the history of avalanche rescue through the “Barry” exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Bern and “Snow” at the NL with curators Dora Strahm and Hannes Mangold 
Free admission
Venue: Natural History Museum of Bern


Subject to change due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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