The Greisinger Museum is giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fantasy world of Middle-earth in Jenins, in the heart of Eastern Switzerland. We went to meet Bernd Greisinger, President of the non-profit foundation that runs the museum.
Tell us a little about the museum!
The museum has housed my private collection – the largest of its kind in the world to date – of art and books based on or inspired by the stories of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the ones in The Silmarillion, created by J.R.R. Tolkien over 60 years ago, since 2013. Visitors to the museum will get the opportunity to enjoy all of these items in a reconstructed hobbit house and seven exhibition rooms spanning over 300m2.
Do visitors have to book in advance?
Yes! What makes the Greisinger Museum different is that it has no opening hours, so visitors must visit our website greisinger.museum to book a day and time for their guided tour. The time slots available vary depending on the desired language (English, German, French or Italian), which is an incredibly useful tool for our visitors, who can then quickly and easily select the guided tour that best suits their needs. This online booking system also makes things much easier for us in terms of our internal organisation.
So the greisinger.museum website serves a valuable purpose…
Our website is, of course, the museum’s showcase and the first point of contact with future visitors. As well as the online booking system, the website also offers a brief insight into the collection and displays our contact details so that visitors can find and contact us easily, not to mention links to our Facebook account. Visitors to the museum’s website are invited to join our community of nearly 7,000 fans on our Facebook page to keep in touch with the museum, get news about forthcoming events and keep up-to-date with the latest news.
What made you choose a .museum extension for the Greisinger Museum’s website?
The .museum extension seemed like the obvious choice for our website address since it highlights the positioning of our Foundation as a museum where the public is concerned and is also a short and easy to remember domain name. Greisinger.museum is undoubtedly more modern and memorable than greisinger-museum.ch, for example! It goes without saying, of course, that the .museum extension promises future visitors museum-specific content that is available in multiple languages, and since we also use this address for our emails, this modern image of conscientiousness is reflected in our interaction with both the public and our partners.
Visit the museum’s website at www.greisinger.museum