Maison d'Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains

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The Maison d'Ailleurs (translated as "House of Elsewhere") is a museum of science fiction, utopia and extraordinary journeys in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland). It is a non-profit foundation functioning both as a public museum and a specialized research center.

The archives of the museum contain around 70,000 documents related to science fiction or utopia (books, art pieces, toys, etc.), including some very old (as early as the sixteenth century) or unique pieces. The collections of the museum are used for iconographic purposes or research (literature, history of ideas, design, etc.). The Maison d'Ailleurs thus represents an important research and documentation center.

In parallel, the museum presents from two to three temporary exhibitions per year, around the main themes of science fiction (cities of the future, space travel, lost worlds, etc.) and its artists: H. R. Giger, John Howe, James Gurney, Caza, Jean Fontaine, etc.. The exhibitions favour diversity and openness towards the world, in order to reach a broad audience. The museum also offers itinerary exhibitions and regularly presents its work in Switzerland and abroad. Half a dozen exhibitions are rented per year on average.

The Maison d'Ailleurs is the only public institution of its kind in the world. It has the status of a non-profit foundation, and therefore isn't directly a communal museum. The Foundation manages the collections owned by the city of Yverdon-les-Bains in the building it has been provided with. Five to seven members of the Foundation board are chosen by the municipality of Yverdon-les-Bains, while two others come from the association Amis de la Maison d'Ailleurs (Friends of the House of Elsewhere).
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  • Great for a visitor for whom science fiction is a passion. Excellent Jules Verne library. Free entry for Raiffeisen sociétaire with Maestro Card.  more »
  • Didn't feel to much affiliated with the museum. A museum for Science Fiction books is not really something you want to see. Despite this the organisers gave their best. Jules Verne sector is worth it.  more »
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  • I lf you are pasion about sci-fi,mangas ,games or other brain favor ,you are the right place. Staff is helpful and friendly , do not expect a huge museum. This is la Maison , the house so expect a house , everything is mini very nice and tidy. Check the shop with cool things to buy on a very ok price .
  • Nice museum, with a bunch of game categories from different year's, good to know a bit more from de game history. A bit expensive
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