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“A pearl of an art museum”
Review of Tibet Museum

Tibet Museum
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US$1,310.63*
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Private Day Tour of Gruyères from Geneva
Ranked #6 of 12 things to do in Gruyeres
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Reviewed 26 February 2015

Collector Alain Bordier has renovated an abandoned Catholic church to house his exquisite collection of Buddhas and other Tibetan art ... and has kept the upper half of the main chapel Catholic, with stained glass windows, etc. Lovely fusion. Excellent collection. If you speak French, watch the film by one of the experts from the Guimet Asian arts museum in Paris.

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Reviewed 28 September 2014

The presentation of artefacts in the Chapel is lovely. This is a very peaceful place, but is definitely upstaged by its neighbours. I thought it relatively poor value compared to the Giger and the castle. Still worth a visit, good place to refresh after the Giger.

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Reviewed 26 September 2014

This small museum houses one man's extensive collection of Buddhist statuary, beautifully displayed. The collection is displayed in a small house with attached chapel. The upper level of the chapel retains its Christian stained glass windows and iconography. Classical music plays softly in the background. It's a restful and spiritual place to visit. If you want to learn something about the items displayed, however, you have to use a typed manuscript and small flashlight, provided by the staff. The display cases are not well-labeled, and after awhile, we just gave up. The manuscript doesn't provide all that much information, other than approximate date and origin of each item. Still, we were very glad for the quiet beauty and the respite from tourist crowds. You can buy a combined admission to the castle and this museum, which is a good deal. This would not be a good place to take children.

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

It has a beautiful collection of Buddistic Art. What impresed me the most was the buildings that contains the museum. It has an old Hause with a catholic church. The House of was an old Residence of a catholich priest, who gave the Mass in the church next to it. The Ambiente of this museum is very impresive, you see beautiful Buddistic Art figures under the rainbow lights of the coulorful steined glasses of a catholic church. It is so peaceful and just magic to be there.
I love it

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

The museum had nice soothing music and lighting throughout. The temple was a nice place to sit, relax and contemplate.

After we paid our entrance fee, we were handed a book and flashlight. You have to follow the book to learn about the artifacts throughout the museum. Information seemed to be lacking on many pieces and it was a lot of work in the dark to figure out what artifact went with what information. After the first room, we pretty much gave up and just looked at the "pretty things."

Although the view from the balcony of the chapel was nice and there were some benches to sit on, the climb up the clear circular staircase would not be easy for anyone with any walking difficulty or vertigo.

One time seeing the museum is enough. If the museum would change a few things, I think it might better entice visitors.

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