We’ve all seen the adorable Swiss national St. Bernard everywhere from films and photos to commercials and toys, but we really didn’t know the story behind these amazing animals until we met them a few weeks ago.
Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard, located in Martigny in route to the French Region of Switzerland is an educational and fun museum for all ages.
Meet the Barry
On the Museum’s main level, visitors can tour the indoor / outdoor homes of the St. Bernards.
Throughout the day, these gentle animals come out to say hello, an amazing opportunity to grab a photograph (did someone say 2017 Christmas card opportunity!).
While touring their kennels, visitors read about the history and daily care of these great dogs. Signs are posted in several languages (including English) and staff are available for questions. We had a great time watching the dogs interact together while reading all the facts & figures.
Learn through Play
Young children will love the Interactive Top Floor “Barry Family-Exhibtion”of the Museum. They’ll learn how St. Bernards have helped rescue humans by experiencing a light and motion show that fascinates with flashes of thunder and moving snow-capped mountains.
Kids can dress up in pioneer costumes, play games, color and turn an enormous kugelbahn while burning off steam in the make-believe play house and tunnel.
Definitely 45+ minutes of fun for the little ones, ideal for kids ages 4 – 8.
Learn the Story
Throughout the 3 floors of the museum, you’ll find informative posters in several languages including English. Taking you back to the historic days of the role of the St. Bernard, to the modern day care and courtesies and showcasing the commercialism of the breed as well.
We enjoyed learning about the ‘search & rescue’ and protection of the 17th century as well as the modern day therapy and support these powerful dogs provide while also browsing the many places they’ve starred in international programs and media.
Zuri Girl Tips
Walk with the Dogs. To really get to know the furry friends, book a 45-minute walk through the Champex-Lac from December till the end of February. Kids up to 10 can sit on the sledge pulled by the St. Bernard while others can walk
Featuring a kids activity table, at the restaurant “Collier d’Or” at Barryland is a great coffee stop!
Check the Schedule. Daily, there’s interactive opportunities and educational talks – be sure to plan your visit around the activity that interests you most.
Plan my Visit
The Musee et Chiens du Saint Bernard
Where: Rue du Levant 34, CH-1920 Martigny
When: Open Daily from 10.00 – 18.00
Cost: CHF 12 / adult. Children ages 8+ CHF 7 / child
Photos courtesy of the Barry Foundation