Museum Appenzell

This museum is devoted to the cultural history of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, a rural and devoutly Catholic region. It places particular emphasis on folklore and popular culture.

Through the medium of the hand embroidery for which Appenzell was once world-renowned, the museum provides an insight into a fascinating piece of women's, social and economic history. Its exhibitions also encompass themes that include popular religion, folk art and painted furniture, together with archaeological finds from the Wildkirchli caves.

The museum's important collection of photographs is a perennially popular point of reference. Photographic finds give the exhibitions – many of which are enriched with art interventions – a refreshing sense of immediacy and intimacy.

Museum Appenzell Hauptgasse 4, CH-9050 Appenzell, Tel. +41 (0)71 788 96 31,,, Opening times: April to October Tues-Fri 10 a.m.–12 noon/1.30–5 p.m., Sat/Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., November to March Tues–Sun 2–5 p.m.

A tourist and two embroiderers: H.C. Ulrich 1910
The four-poster bed of a master bleacher and his wife, 1776
Standards, including some seized as war trophies
Church art, Catholic, from Innerrhoden
Special boards for laying out corpses, a funeral tradition of Innerrhoden, c.1900
Johannes Hugentobler’s blue bedroom, c.1930. The colourful and decorative facades of houses in Appenzell’s main street, the Hauptgasse, are largely attributable to him.