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Musée Baud

The music-box museum or Musee Baud is located in the Canton of Vaud in L’Anderson. It has a picture gallery, a music gallery and a museum shop in its premises. The museum features a collection of ancient machines, music boxes, singing birds, gramophones, animated pictures, tools and accessories. Visitors can also listen to highlights of some music from “Maesto” and “Phonolistz Violiona” a solo automated violin player.

Museum HR Giger

This museum is dedicated to H. R. Giger, the brains behind special effects highlighted in the popular movie Aliens. The museum has the same glum and creepy atmosphere that one finds in all the typical Alien movies. The interiors of the museum were designed by Giger himself, and these intricate designs feature details reminiscent of both a spaceship and a medieval fortress - a style that stands in stark contrast to the otherwise pristine and quaint environment of the city of Gruyères. Giger was born in Chur, a Swiss canton in the east, and was known for his work as a surrealist painter and special effects designer, the latter of which earned him an Academy Award for his work on Alien. Giger was also admitted to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013 for his surreal artwork, which he published in several collections, including Necronomicon and Necronomicon II. The museum houses much of Giger's work. Those who are uncomfortable with the slimy and unnatural world of aliens and outer space creatures should probably prepare themselves before going inside the H.R Giger Museum.

Maison d'Ailleurs

La Maison d'Ailleurs ("House of Elsewhere") is a unique museum entirely dedicated to science fiction, utopia and extraordinary journeys. Enter the twilight zone to discover future worlds and new horizons as they were depicted by writers, artists or movie directors. Several exhibitions have been organized on various topics like utopias, space travel, extra terrestrial life forms and cities of the future. This fascinating museum was opened thanks to Pierre Versins, an archivist of science fiction who donated his impressive collection to the city of Yverdon-Les-Bains. The city then created this remarkable establishment, which opened its doors in 1976. Housed in a prison built in 1806, visitors to the museum can browse through a collection of over 70,000 items related to science fiction, including an extensive collection focusing on the great science fiction writer Jules Verne.

Swiss Vapeur Parc‎

Located in the village of Le Bouveret, on the brink of Lake Geneva, discover a miniature Swiss world, replete with stunning replicas of Switzerland's landmarks. Meandering through the thick of these model buildings are 16 locomotives, eight of which are steam-powered. The trains go along eight tracks that intertwine their way through the length of this beautiful, scenic park. The park includes a 700-meter (5577.42 feet) track, along with 1200 meters (3937 feet) of walking trails. The Swiss Vapeur Parc‎ hosts the Swiss International Film Festival in June every year. Visitation hours vary as per the season, so check the official website prior to planning your visit.

Fondation Claude Verdan

Located opposite a giant hospital complex is the Fondation Claude Verdan, a museum that has held art and science exhibitions since 1997. The permanent exhibition Jeux de mains (hand games) explores everything related to the sense of touch and the hand. This is one of those must-see oddball places that you will not regret making a trip to. Interesting and intriguing, this museum will not fail to grab your attention. For further details, please check the website.

Centre International de la Mecanique d'Art

Centre International de la Mécanique d'Art (CIMA) is the International Center for Art Mechanics. It is a museum located in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. Visitors can avail of a guided tour of CIMA which has a display of bird cages, an acrobat, dolls, animated pictures, clocks and trees. There is also a shop inside the museum that sells new music boxes, musical instruments and toys.

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