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Opening times
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openinghours.days.long.tuesday Open till openinghours.days.long.sunday openinghours.openfromto.long

openinghours.days.long.monday closed

Special opening times

Carnival Monday 01.11.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Shrove Tuesday 11.11.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Saint Joseph 08.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Good Friday 24.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Easter 25.12.2023 closed

Easter Monday 26.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Labour Day 31.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Mother´s Day 01.01.2024 closed

Ascension Day 02.01.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whitsun 06.01.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Corpus Christi 08.02.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whit Monday 12.02.2024 closed

Swiss National Holiday 13.02.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Assumption Day 19.03.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

All Saints´ Day 29.03.2024 closed

Saint Martin 31.03.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Immaculate Conception 01.04.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Christmas Eve 01.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Christmas 09.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

St. Stephen´s Day 12.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

New Year´s Eve 19.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

New Year´s Day 20.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Saint Berchtold 30.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Epiphany 01.08.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

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Opening times
Museum

openinghours.days.long.tuesday Open till openinghours.days.long.sunday openinghours.openfromto.long

openinghours.days.long.monday closed

Special opening times

Carnival Monday 01.11.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Shrove Tuesday 11.11.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Saint Joseph 08.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Good Friday 24.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Easter 25.12.2023 closed

Easter Monday 26.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Labour Day 31.12.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Mother´s Day 01.01.2024 closed

Ascension Day 02.01.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whitsun 06.01.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Corpus Christi 08.02.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whit Monday 12.02.2024 closed

Swiss National Holiday 13.02.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Assumption Day 19.03.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

All Saints´ Day 29.03.2024 closed

Saint Martin 31.03.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Immaculate Conception 01.04.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Christmas Eve 01.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Christmas 09.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

St. Stephen´s Day 12.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

New Year´s Eve 19.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

New Year´s Day 20.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Saint Berchtold 30.05.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

Epiphany 01.08.2024 openinghours.openfromto.long

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The Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz

Organisation

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 Collection 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 Collection 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 2020 for the period 2021-2024.

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.

left to right:

André Holenstein (Member, Professor at the University of Bern), Larissa Bieler* (Member, Director SWI swissinfo.ch, SRG SSR, Berne and Executive Board member SRG SSR, Berne), Sandrine Giroud* (Vice-President, lawyer), Stefano Stoll (Member, Director of Festival Images Vevey and exhibition curator), Tim Guldimann (President, political scientist, diplomat and politician), Marie-France Meylan Krause (Member, archeologist), Sonia Abun-Nasr (Member, Director of University Library Bern), Fulvio Pelli* (Member, lawyer and notary public)

*Members of the Finance Committee

The Executive Board of the Swiss National Museum

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:

Markus Leuthard (Deputy Director, Head of the Collection Centre), Mirjam Richter (Assistant to the Director), Beat Högger (Head of Museum Operations), Denise Tonella (Director), Helen Bieri Thomson (Director, Château de Prangins), Barbara Meglen (Assistant to the Director), Dr Heidi Amrein (Chief Curator). Not in the photo: Günhan Akarçay (Head of Digital Transformation and Innovation)

Organisation chart of the Swiss National Museum in English

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

Management reports