Cultural History, History of Mentalities

Phototheca Afghanica

Phototheca Afghanica is a project of the Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica to safeguard and identify old photographs from Afghanistan. The aim of the project is not only the physical safeguarding of old photographs and related documents, but also to create awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the country and making use of this knowledge for the reconstruction of Afghanistan and its society.

The photos coming from differents collections are online available. The holding can be researched by collection and series or by browsing the images.

Jewish Museum of Switzerland


The Museum presents objects of different forms and provenance. Its aims to Jewish customs and ceremonies. The exhibited items are grouped as follows:

Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN)


The CDN presents a permanent exhibition devoted to Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s artistic oeuvre. Regularly, it mounts temporary exhibitions that tie in with the subjects that interested him as a writer and artist and organises colloquiums, roundtable discussions, lectures, encounters and other events.

Carolingian Culture at Reichenau & St. Gall

This website presents digital versions of the Plan of St. Gall and the ninth-century library collections of the monasteries of Reichenau and St. Gall.

The St. Gall Monastery Plan is the earliest preserved and most extraordinary visualization of a building complex produced in the Middle Ages. Ever since the Plan was created at the monastery of Reichenau in the period 819-26 A.D., it has been preserved in the Monastic Library of St. Gall.

This site will provide access to the results of a long-term project of creating an extensive data base to aid research into the Plan and Carolingian monastic culture. Besides a variety of digital representations of the Plan itself, the site includes a graphic representation of how the Plan was physically made, detailed information on each of the elements of the Plan, and transcriptions and translations of its inscriptions. In addition, the site contains resources for understanding the material culture context of the Plan. A series of extensive data bases include one presenting physical objects found across Europe that add to our understanding of Carolingian monasticism, one devoted to the terminology of Carolingian material culture, descriptions of all known Carolingian religious edifices, and an extensive bibliography on both the Plan itself and Carolingian monastic culture generally.

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.

MoneyMuseum - coin database

The pieces of the coin collection of the MoneyMuseum can be found by the coin database.
The collection can be searched according to the criteria region, title, time span, material or themes.
Illustrations and descriptions of the coin collection are available online.



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.

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.

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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