Art and History Museum


At the heart of the charming medieval old town of Fribourg - just a few steps from the Espace Jean Tinguely / Niki de Saint-Phalle - the museum of art and history invites you on diverse journeys of discovery. And very few people know that the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire houses the largest collection of sculptures of Switzerland.

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The museum of art and history has been standing at the heart of the charming old town of Fribourg since almost two centuries. Today it is housed in three different buildings that couldn’t possibly be more different: In the noble Ratzehof city palace, in a former slaughterhouse and in a disused armory.

Visitors are amazed at the size and diversity of this the largest collection of sculptures throughout the country; which includes works from the 12th century up until today, as well as plastics from the artist couple Jean Tingly and Niki de Saint Phalle. But that’s not all - in the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire you can immerse in the story of stained glass, and also be inspired by the sophistication of the old goldsmiths. Last but not least, the Ratzehof city palace lures visitors with its stately French-style gardens and beguiling roses.

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