Information about the Museums Organisation
Swiss Museums Association
(Verband der Museen der Schweiz, Association des musées suisses, Associazione dei musei svizzeri)
Foundation (Year): 1966
Museums/similar institutions: 750
Membership fees (53%), Swiss Universities (15%), Commercial activities (12%), State (8%), Swiss national Museum (6%), private Sponsors (6%)
Have the museums/your institution experienced budget cuts in connection with the financial crisis in the last two years?
Number of museums in your country:
(in % or total number)
Art and Design: 18%
History: 9% (incl. archeological museums)
Natural History: 8%
Special: Regional: 37%; thematic: 17 %; technical: 10%, ethnographic: 2%
Total number of museums: 1073
Professionally run museums: 60%
Ownership of Museums:
Municipalities, communities: 35%
Private (foundations, associations, etc.): 64%
Other museum organisations:
ICOM Switzerland - International Council of Museums
In Switzerland is ICOM the association of museums professionals (representing 20 professions).
Museological journal of ICOM Switzerland and the Swiss Museums Association. 1 issue a year.
National Museum legislation and structure:
National legislation for the Swiss National Museum.
Cantonal laws and municipal rules for cantonal and municipal museums.
Current discussion about a legal base for nationwide cultural activities (e.g. produced by museums networks).
(Update 16 December 2010)