History of Switzerland

Kinema (1911-1919)

Kinema (1911-1919) is the first Swiss cinema magazine. Most of the issues of Kinema are held in the Swiss National Library's collection. They are accessible online on E-Periodica.

It was published once a week and represented the interests of cinema managers and film distributers. It contains discussions on cinematography, the defense of cinema against its critics, positions on the measures taken by the authorities such as the closure of cinemas following the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Ballenberg - Swiss Open-Air Museum


The Swiss Opem-Air Museum Ballenberg presents typical Buildings homes and hamlets from virtually every part of Switzerland with authentic kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms from centuries past. About 100 rural houses and farm buildings provide architectural as well as socio-historical testimony to the everyday life and rural culture of the past. The farmsteads and houses are surrounded by gardens and fields set up according to historical models.

Swiss Federal Archives - Online Research

The Online Research offers an overview of the available documents in the Swiss Federal Archives. With a full text search, an archive plan search or a field search it is possible to research the fonds even on dossier level.

The fonds overview for Federal State since 1848 affords an additional thematically organised overview.

Fondation de l'Hermitage


The Fondation de l’Hermitage is housed in a 19th-century residence and is devoted to holding temporary exhibitions on fine arts.



The MoneyMuseum offers numerous information about the history of Western key currencies and traditional means of payment.

The MoneyMuseum shows in temporary exhibitions pieces of its coin collection which contains more than 2'000 objects. Completed by paper money and traditional means of payment from Africa and Asia, the collection documents the history of money from the beginning to the 20th century.

Königsfelden Convent Church


The colourful church windows are among the highlights of Late Medieaval European glass-painting.
Illustrations of the glass windows are available online.

International Museum of the Reformation (IMR)


The International Museum of the Reformation (IMR) presents the history of the Reformation from its origins to the present, and the influent work of John Calvin in Geneva and abroad.

The Museum organises special exhibitions. The permanent collection shows the most important elements of the spiritual and cultural movement in the history of Protestantism.

The IMR contains unique objects, manuscripts, rare books, engravings, paintings and many other exhibits.

Centre Müller Bienne - Museum of Machinery


The machinery museum presents reconstructed workshops from the early 20th century, displaying over 150 machines built between 1880 and 1940.

Zentrum Paul Klee - Database Paul Klee

The Zentrum Paul Klee presents in an online database further information about its exhibitions, the exposed artists, life and work of Paul Klee as well as illustrations of the works of the collection.

Zentrum Paul Klee


The Zentrum Paul Klee is a centre of competence for research, mediation and presentation of Paul Klee (1879-1940), his life and his work.

The center shows in temporary exhibitions selected works of the Paul Klee-Collection and offers an interdisciplinary programme with music, dance, theatre and literature.


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