Exhibition | 02.03. - 07.11.2021

Federal Councillors since 1848


Since 1848, Switzerland has been governed by the Federal Council. But who are the people who direct the fate of the Swiss Confederation? Photographs, film clips, documents and clothing take visitors on a fascinating journey back in time to meet the 119 members of the nation’s government. At the centre of the exhibition, visitors can look around a replica of a Federal Council chamber. Another section of the exhibition showcases gifts received by the Swiss government from all over the world.


Switzerland’s Federal Councillors since 1848 – Introductory tour

Secondary levels I and II

Guided tour of the exhibition ”Switzerland’s Federal Councillors since 1848”.

1 hour
Guided tours are free of charge for school classes from Switzerland.

Guided tours in English can be arranged, even outside opening hours. Guided tours are free of charge for school classes from Switzerland.


at least 2 weeks in advance



1 hour guided tours, other services by prior arrangement

Group size:


max. 25 people



Guided tours for school classes from Switzerland are free of charge.

Reservations desk

+41 44 218 66 00 reservationen@nationalmuseum.ch

Exhibition imprint

  • Overall management Andreas Spillmann
  • Project directors and exhibition curators Marina Amstad, Pascale Meyer
  • Scientific consultancy Prof. Urs Altermatt, Dr. Thomas Zaugg
  • Exhibition design Atelier Gillmann + Co GmbH, Basel
  • Graphics Selina Locher, Andreas Hidber, Accent graphe Basel
  • Nachbau Bundesratssitzungszimmer Kollektiv Krönlihalle: Seraina Borner, Barbara Brandmaier, Markus Läubli, Christoph Menzi, Andrea Münch, Thomas Stächelin
  • Der Bundesratsfilm Regula Bochsler, Prismago GmbH, Adrian Kelterborn
  • Marketing & communication Andrej Abplanalp, Alexander Rechsteiner, Carole Neuenschwander, Sebastiano Mereu, Anna-Britta Maag
  • Technische Leitung | Direction technique | Direzione tecnica | Technical management Henrike Binder, Viola Valsesia
  • Exhibition installation Bachir Ezzerari, Kim Badertscher, Janine auf der Maur, Ladina Fait, Marc Häggeli, Mike Roder, David Schwitter
  • Preparation and mounting of exhibits Elisabeth Kleine, Sarah Longrée, Veronique Mathieu, Tino Zagermann
  • Loans Maya Jucker, Angela Zeier
  • Cultural services and museum education Severin Marty, Stefanie Bittmann
  • Logistics of objects Christian Affentranger, David Blazquez, Simon D’Hollosy, Reto Hegetschweiler, Markus Scherer
  • IT | Web Thomas Bucher, Pasquale Pollastro, Danilo Rüttimann, René Vogel
  • Translations Laurence Neuffer, Nigel Stephenson, Tradukas AG

Items generously loaned by

  • Bundesrat Alain Berset
  • Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt
  • Kunstsammlungen des Bundes, Bern
  • Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv, Bern
  • Schweizerisches Literaturarchiv, Bern
  • Zentralbibliothek Zürich
  • Magdalena Schneider-Minger