26 Things

26 Things

26 cantons, 26 things, 26 times Swiss history.



Title Information

Edited by the Swiss National Museum

1st edition

, 2016


112 pages, 72 color and 1 b/w illustrations

15 x 19.8 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-780-8


The Swiss National Museum features a permanent collection of some 850,000 objects that tell the story of Switzerland’s history from prehistoric times to the present. This book selects twenty-six items from the collection, one from each of Switzerland’s cantons, that together offer a mosaic of Swiss history. The items include a gold Celtic bowl made more than three thousand years ago, a miniature of the electric motor that helped propel NASA’s Spirit rover on Mars, a medieval Madonna sculpture, a clock that once belonged to Napoleon, the first Swiss snow gun, and many more. Beautifully designed and richly illustrated, this book is a wonderful, compact companion to the appreciation of Switzerland’s long history.


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Authors & Editors

Swiss National Museum

 unites the National Museum Zurich, the Château de Prangins and the Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz, as well as the collections centre in Affoltern a.A. The museums’ permanent exhibitions present Swiss history from its beginnings to the present.