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Andrej Abplanalp
Historian and communications chief of the Swiss National Museum.

28. February 2018

Collection | Technology | Modern Age | Religion | Featured

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An ingenious timekeeper

In 1594, the brilliant Swiss clockmaker Jost Bürgi built a celestial globe incorporating the new calendar for the German Kaiser.

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15. January 2018

Collection | Research | 20th / 21st century | Economy

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From Obwalden straight to Mars

Maxon Motor from Sachseln equips NASA with electric motors. A success story from central Switzerland.

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27. December 2017

Collection | Modern Age | Society | Featured

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Rich people love to show off their wealth – and this is equally true of the wealthy people of the past.

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11. December 2017

Collection | Archaeology | Protohistory | Society | Economy | Featured

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The gold-digger of Altstetten

At the construction site, life is hard. Except if you discover a treasure, as it happened in Zurich-Altstetten in 1906.

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9. December 2017

Research | Tourism | 20th / 21st century | Economy

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Out of the blue sky

In December 1978 the whole of Switzerland was snow-free. Only in Savognin did the flakes dance – thanks to the first snow cannons.

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