MUSEUM

The Henry-Dunant-Museum, founded in 1998, is the only museum dedicated to life and work of the founder of the International Red Cross. The exhibition location is housed on the ground floor of the ancient hospital of Heiden where Henry Dunant (1828 – 1910) spent the last twenty years of his life as a pensioner.

The PERMANENT EXHIBITION gives information about Dunant’s biographical milestones, about his political ideas and his commitment to humanity. The show also features items and documents from Dunant’s estate and documentary films are screened. You can join one of our guided tours. Please ask in advance for visits in English, German, French or Italian.

Furthermore, the Dunant-Museums realizes TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS and SPECIAL EVENTS on humanitarian issues and timeless topics such as peace, human dignity or international law. For that reason, the Museum works in close partnership with local and international organizations, collaborates with external specialists and invites also artists working on relevant topical issues.

The Museum can also present one of the unique copies of the Japanese «Peace Bell» from Nagasaki. It is a beautiful copy of the “Angelus Bell” of the oldest Christian church in Japan which has survived the horrible nuclear attack on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The Bell was donated by the Nagasaki University in 2009. Since April 2011, the Peace Bell is freely accessible outside of the Museum in an art installation by swiss artist Lucie Schenker.