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Mission statement

The Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg – the only Open-Air Museum in Switzerland – makes the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of rural and commercial Switzerland accessible and come alive using all the senses.

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Getreidefeld im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg, im Hintergrund steht das Taglöhnerhaus aus Detligen/Radelfingen BE.

Our mission

We conserve, research and communicate the history, way of life, living situations, working lives and skilled craftsmanship of the Swiss people. In doing so, we act as a bridge between the past and the future as well as between the different regions and areas. We promote and encourage both laypersons and professionals to try out and learn traditional craft techniques.

Regelmässig wird das Handwerk Schmieden im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg gezeigt.

What we do

We tell the stories of people living in rural and commercial Switzerland and make them come alive, by communicating through architecture, crafts and way of life, highlighting the rural economy and cultivating the cultural landscape. We are a lively, cultural centre with exhibitions, events, courses, guided tours, demonstrations and publications.

Ein Gruppenausflug in das Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg: Lernen Sie in der historischen Küche aus Villard-Bramard wie vor vielen Jahren gekocht wurde.

How we work

  • We acquire, conserve, research and communicate according to scientific principles and work goal and success oriented, consistently following business management principles.
  • We look for partners and realize strategic cooperation.
  • We are performance-oriented and open to new ideas.
  • We are a team of specialists, helpful, and work with a view to the big picture.
Im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg wird das Handwerk Hutmachen demonstriert.

Swiss Open-Air Museum

Museumsstrasse 100
CH-3858 Hofstetten bei Brienz

+41 33 952 10 30

Opening hours

11 April to 27 October 2024
10 am to 5 pm daily

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