Museum Herisau

The diverse aspects of the canton's cultural history, from the Middle Ages to the present day, are displayed in the former guildhall of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in the heart of Herisau.

Visitors will gain a fascinating insight into the «knights and castles» of Herisau, the development of regional transport or the idiosyncrasies of the Ausserrhoden system of cures. The exhibitions also contain unique objects illustrating the history of education and feature the exquisite painted furniture typical of the Appenzell region. Finally, the Robert Walser room shows original documents which afford a glimpse into the author’s time in Herisau and samples of his work.

Museum Herisau Platz, Postfach 1221, CH-9102 Herisau, Tel. +41 (0)79 377 34 43,,, Opening times: May to December Weds–Sun 1–5 p.m., other times for groups by arrangement

The novelist Robert Walser: his works and the years he spent in Herisau
Bedroom of a manufacturer in Ausserrhoden, c.1825
Various forms of mobility and transport
Knights and castles in the Appenzellerland
Typical curtain embroidery from 1854
Cure tourism and medicine