I FIRMLY believe it’s important to preserve and protect a country’s architectural heritage, which is why I’m such a fan of the Swiss Heritage Society and it’s series of portable booklets that are aimed at connecting people with “Switzerland’s Loveliest”… whether that’s coffee houses, swimming pools, B&Bs, nature trails, and now … it’s museums.
A neo-Renaissance palace, an innovative municipal museum, an archeological dig and many more, Swiss Heritage’s “Loveliest Museums, Volume 1 (Knowledge and Stories) ” focuses on 50 of the country’s 1150 museums, those that best combine quality architecture with a top-notch exhibition.
Knowledge and Stories
This, the first volume of the Society’s “Loveliest Museums” collection, is devoted to institutions that deal with the natural and human sciences and is entitled “Knowledge and Stories”.
The selection offers a balance between Swiss regions, periods and themes, showcasing the diversity of museums — those both well- and little-known — that are available to culture lovers across the country. (A second volume on Switzerland’s loveliest museums will appear later this year spotlighting museums devoted to art.)
Inventiveness & commitment
According to Swiss Heritage: “To remain relevant, museums must adapt to constantly changing requirements. So they are constantly asked to reinterpret their premises and collections and put them in touch with current realities.
“If they intend to remain productive places of reflection, they must know and take into account the public’s needs. The institutions presented in this publication meet these challenges with great inventiveness and commitment.”
Easy to carry and reference
The 120-page, A6-formatted booklet, rich with color photos and succinct descriptions as well as all the necessary practical and contact information is available in French and German for CHF 16.– (members of Swiss Heritage CHF8.-).
Why not take Swiss Heritage’s advice and: “dive into the world of multifaceted Swiss museums!”? ♣
Main photo caption: Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg BE (photo: Christoph Oeschger)