So well-known and loved, the name Swarovski is almost synonymous with crystal. Since 1895, Swarovski has dazzled with crystal creations so beautiful they’re like candy for the eyes. Swarovski had a challenge on their hands. After making everything from sparkling butterflies to watches that use actual crystals to show the time, they wanted to find something new to help celebrate their centenary. That something shaped into the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Museum in Austria!
With a grass-covered entrance that resembles a green giant, complete with crystal-like eyes, the museum wastes no time capturing the attention of visitors and passer-bys. Fourteen Chambers of Wonder, each inspired by crystal and uniquely different, give museum guests insight into the world of crystals like nowhere else.
The Crystal Dome chamber gives visitors a glimpse into the inner workings of a crystal by using 595 meticulously placed mirrors. Find yourself mesmerized by the changing colours and enchanting music. Feel your heartbeat drop and a wave of calming peace wash over you as you soak in the sights and sounds of the Crystaloscope. Developed in partnership with renowned holistic practitioner Peter Mandel, the centerpiece of what is the biggest kaleidoscope in the world is a calming stone that enables you to experience your own inner harmony. The Winter’s Dream chamber will whisk you away to a land of childlike wonder. Famed artists Alexander McQueen and Tord Boontje used thousands of actual crystals and gleaming steel branches to create an everlasting winterscape that you’ll get to enjoy all while staying toasty warm inside.
Of course, at the end of the day, what trip to a museum is complete without stopping by the souvenir shop? It’s pretty hard to imagine any other museum in the world that could have nicer keepsakes than the Swarovski Crystal gift shop!
[Image Credit: Austria.info, kristallwelten.swarovski.com]
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Posted on March 13, 2014 in Museum Escape by Monique Bourgeois