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Binn Museum






Binn Regionalmuseum

In the year 1982 the Binn town council purchased a former building from ancient Hotel Ofenhorn. After a complete renovation this new building became the Binn Regionalmuseum. On the ground floor there is the Burgersaal (Town Hall), where the people from Binn celebrate festive days and gatherings together. During the summer season there are also lectures on topics of the Binn valley.

The mineral exhibition is located in the basement of the building. There you are going to enjoy the treasures those made Binn known beyond the country borders: the minerals.

Part of the extensive collection is held by the Binn Burgergemeinde (Town Council). There is a nice room dedicated to Lengenbach minerals. Also there are displayed several Alpine mineral good specimens from Binn valley.

Binn Regionalmuseum
Binn Regionalmuseum

These exhibits were set up by local mineralogists like Prof. Stefan Graeser, some Swiss museums and private collections, and Mr. Toni Imhof, whose father was one of the first mineralogists from this valley. In the exhibition there are also geological maps, a model of the old Lengenbach mine and many aged photographs. Also some scientific instruments dedicated to the mineralogy.

LGB room Binnite LGB Mimetite
David and Joan in themuseum Lengenbach room   Binnite and Realgar. 5mm xl.   Mimetite from Lengenbach
Cafarsite on Quartz Magnetite Asbecasite
Cafarsite on Quartz. 15mm xl.
Wannigletscher, Binntal.
  Magnetite. 7mm xl.
Kohlerhorn, Binntal.
  Asbecasite on Cafarsite. 10mm xl. Wannigletscher, Binntal.

The first and second floor: Binntal Ethnography

In the first and the second floor of the museum there are ethnographic objects collected by Gerd Graeser in a life-long work. In thematic groups are represented the valley crafts, agriculture and tourism in first years of the 20th century. It is very significant the diversity of works in stone and wood and the variety of different agriculture and daily-life tools. It is also displayed the radio equipment, hunter tools, and some tools of the hotel from around 1900, the period of early tourism in Binntal. The ethnographic exhibition on the second floor include objects from the school and popular medicine, the veterinary and pharmacy in the 19th and 20th Century, from national origin.

    The museum also includes in the second floor archaeological evidences of the settlement in Binntal some centuries BC and after. The range includes from the Iron Age, from about 450 BC, from Roman times to the 4th Century AD. The variety and quantity of the items exposed will allow visitors, who are visiting this closed valley, see the richness of these mountain areas.

Already during the construction of the hotel Ofenhorn, in 1883, some burial tombs came to light; the majority of the pieces exhibited in the museum were collected by Gerd Graeser since the 1960s.

Shoehorn. Gerd Graeser Collection.
Binn Regionalmuseum