Opening times

Museum and cafeteria

Tu – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

Opening times

Museum and cafeteria

Tu – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed


The Forum of Swiss History Schwyz is part of the Swiss National Museum. Under the auspices of the Swiss National Museum, three museums – the National Museum Zurich, Château de Prangins and the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz – and our Collections Centre in Affoltern am Albis are brought together. The museums showcase the history of Switzerland from its beginnings up to the present day, giving an insight into the Swiss identity and the rich tapestry of our country’s history and culture, with temporary exhibitions covering issues of current interest.

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The organisation, duties and responsibilities of the Swiss National Museum are regulated by the Federal law on the museums and collections of the Swiss Confederation (Bundesgesetz über die Museen und Sammlungen des Bundes, MSG) of 12 June 2009. Since its entry into force on 1 January 2010, the SNM, comprising the National Museum Zurich, the Château de Prangins, the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz and the Affoltern am Albis Collections Centre, has been a public-law institution with its own legal identity, which organises itself and maintains its own accounts.

Under the MSG, the SNM is subject to supervision by the Federal Council, which exercises its oversight function in particular by electing and discharging the Museum Council and approving the annual report. The Federal Council sets out the strategic objectives of the SNM, usually for four years; the achievement of these objectives is reviewed annually.

Pursuant to the Museums Act (Museumsgesetz), the organs of the SNM are the Museum Council, the Management Board and the auditors. The funding of the SNM is determined by Parliament every four years in the government’s cultural policy statement (Kulturbotschaft), most recently at the end of 2015 for the period 2016-2020.

Museum Council

Under the Federal law on the museums and collections of the Swiss Confederation, the Museum Council ensures the implementation of the strategic objectives set by the Federal Council and reports on their achievement.

Back row, l to r:

Pio Pellizzari (Member up to December 2018, Director of the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano),Fulvio Pelli* (Member, lawyer and notary public), André Holenstein (Member, Professor at the University of Bern)

Front row, l to r:

Marie-France Meylan Krause (Member, Director of the BIBEL+ORIENT Museum at the University of Fribourg), Sandrine Giroud* (Member, lawyer and Director of the Art Law Foundation in Geneva), Tim Guldimann (President, political scientist, diplomat and politician), Ladina Heimgartner* (Vice-President, Director of Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha and Deputy Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG)), Stefano Stoll (Member, Director of Festival Images and exhibition curator)

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Sonia Abun-Nasr (Director of the Vadiana Cantonal Library in St. Gallen)

*Members of the Finance Committee

Management Board

Pursuant to the Museums Act, and subject to approval by the Federal Council, the Museum Council appoints the Director of the Swiss National Museum and, on request by the Director, the other members of the Management Board. The Director presides over the Management Board, is responsible for the operational management of the Swiss National Museum, recruits staff and represents the institution externally.

From left to right:

Dr Heidi Amrein (Chief Curator), Beat Högger (Head of Museum Operations), Dr Andreas Spillmann (Director), Helen Bieri Thomson (Director, Château de Prangins), Markus Leuthard (Deputy Director, Head of the Collections Centre), Barbara Meglen (Assistant to the Director)

* Member of the Management Board
** Member of the extended Management Board

Management reports

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