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History of the Museum of Communication

  • In 1893 the Swiss Postal Administration began to collect objects and documents related to the postal and transport systems, as well as philately.
  • In 1907 the first Post Museum was established in the Bollwerk Post building in Berne.
  • From 1949 on it was called the «Swiss PTT Museum»; the telecommunications collection was added.
  • In 1990 the museum moved to its new building in the Helvetiastrasse 16.
  • In December 1996 the PTT-Museum was changed into a foundation. It was renamed the «Museum of Communication» in March 1997. This marked the beginning of a new era in the museum's policy, uniting historical consciousness with new and current issues.
  • May 2003: Opening of the new permanent exhibition «so near and yet so far: People and their Media».
  • The permanent exhibitions entitled “As Time Goes Byte” and “Bilder, die haften” [Images that stick] were opened in May 2007.
  • Following five years of preparatory work, the all new Museum of Communication opened its doors in August 2007. The museum had also invented a new occupation: communicators now introduced visitors to its core exhibition which covered an area of almost 2000 square metres.
  • In April 2019, the museum was awarded the renowned Council of Europe Museum Prize for its new overall design.


The history of the museum (PDF)