Maison d’Ailleurs is a museum of science fiction, utopia and extraordinary journey in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. Maison d’Ailleurs translates to House of elsewhere. The name itself seduced me to visit this extraordinary museum.
Yverdon-les-Bains is a small city about 20 minutes from Lausanne. As soon as I learnt that it houses a science fiction museum, I knew I will go there soon. And by soon, I meant the next weekend already 😉 I have never been to any science-fiction museum so checked the website and took an idea of what to expect and decided to go there!
I was so excited as the day approached. A friend of ours (Sukhi) joined us! And we were all set to explore this cute little town and of course, Maison d’Ailleurs.
There are several things you will love at the museum. From visual to audio , all your senses will thank you for the decision to visit the museum.
- The splendid collection of science fiction magazines and comics: From aliens to space travel to any other science fantasy you have, you can find it all there!
Have you seen my pictures from Ice cave tour in Iceland where it actually looks like an outer space destination?
2. Favorite movie references: I mean, is there anyone who does not like Inception? (Although, I am hoping they include Interstellar and Gravity posters as well. I loved the visuals in those movies!) Other than these posters, they also have specially created space audio jukebox! 😀 In three different chambers, you can choose what kind of space music you would like to hear. Talk about fancy, eh?
3. Favorite science fiction books: I love books! Especially fantasy and science fiction. I really like it when people go beyond the conventional world and put forward a piece of their imagination. You will find many of the those books here. My favorite ones are here:
4. Jules Verne space: Do you remember the author of the popular science fiction series, Extraordinary voyages? Oh yes! That is Jules Verne. One whole section of Maison d’Ailleurs is dedicated to him. In addition to books and magazines, the Jules Verne Space also offers models of extraordinary vehicles and an interactive terminal introducing the new kinds of extraordinary travels. Fun fact: He is the same Jules Verne to whom the restaurant in Eiffel tower is dedicated to 🙂
5. Dancing with the Stars exhibits: This is one of the temporary exhibits they have right now! Amazing designs, very interactive and a lot of fun! Different patterns of lights and shadows. I really liked their slow time warping module. You have to visit the museum to actually experience it. So much fun!
6. Ride in the coolest elevator ever!: Okay! This one was a surprise. Just have a look at their fancy elevators. I love such small surprises! So, easy to please 🙂
I will recommend this visit to anyone into space travels, dystopian, utopian or parallel worlds. Dancing with stars, the temporary exhibit was also amazing.
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Here, Kshitij thought he was doing something cool. The device he was wearing supported gesture control and he could scramble the alphabets from his hand gestures and movements. But only he could see it through the device. For me, It was just some funny sequence! 😀 Extravagant and innovative!
We loved the museum and its exhibitions. The museum shop was also very cool. They have Lego-based and several other toys from Star wars and other similar movies. They also have many of my favorite dystopian books like Hunger games etc (Only in french though!).
I will scribble down a post about Yverdon-les-Bains, the cute little hidden town in Switzerland soon sometime. So, keep an eye on the space!
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