Display Window Archive: The Brown Family Library

What would an upper middle-class household be without a representative library? The family's store of knowledge is not limited to the multilingual canon of world literature, but also provides information on history, philosophy, religion, politics, music and the much-loved fine arts. A rich correspondence with dealers testifies to the acquisition of magnificent volumes, historical photos show the well-read family at "work", and selected books reveal their inner selves. Come and browse for yourself in the «The Brown Family Library».


In 2021, for the first time, the Display Window Archive (Schaufenster Archiv) will have its own presentation room on the first floor. Since 2019, the format has presented selected archival items from the extensive holdings of the museum archive on a theme that changes twice a year. In 2021, the focus will be on the Browns' former employees and library.

Large parts of the archive were systematically indexed and partially digitised in 2017–18. It contains, among other things, documents, letters, postcards, diaries and photographs from the Brown family estate. The time frame of the documents spans the years 1850 to 1987.



Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 11 hrs
«The Brown Family Library»: Thematic guided tour of the extended Display Window Archive with Jonas Huggenberger, Scientific Researcher Collection.

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Tues.–Fri.14–17 hrs
Sat. / Sun.11–17 hrs
Young people under 18:free admission
Standard price of admission:CHF 12
Reduced price of admission:CHF 10
Standard price for event attendance:CHF 15
Reduced price for event attendance:CHF 12