I guess CERN isn’t on the top of the list for most Geneva visitors unless you’re in the scientific field or have a keen interest in science and physics. Regardless, it’s a nice place spend a couple of hours to learn more about the universe we’re in and the efforts done to explore and discover even more. Visiting CERN’s visitor centre and the different exhibitions are also all free, so that’s a plus.
A little background on CERN – it is the European Organization for Nuclear Research. One of the their most notable work is well, the internet! The World Wide Web was invented at CERN in 1989 by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee and well, that basically changed our world.
Amongst other great work and discovery done by CERN, what really shot the organization to worldwide recognition is probably the creation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is currently the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, where CERN uses it immensely for atomic research.
Primarily, the exhibition aims to teach us about the theory of our universe’s origins – the Big Bang, particles and how they make up the world we’re in and as we know it, as well as the history, research and work done by CERN in this area.
Visiting CERN’s Universe de particles exhibition can actually be pretty fun even if you don’t actually have a clue. One thing for sure, I didn’t have a clue (and still don’t really do). he exhibition has a ton of interactive 3D displays and the whole exhibition is really pretty with its usage of light and sound, sometimes making you forget that you were really just in a museum or exhibition space.
CH-1217 Meyrin - Geneva
Tram: Take tram number 18 from Geneva
railway station at Cornavin to "CERN",
which is the final stop at the CERN entrance.