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Opening times

Museum

Tu – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

Café du Château

Tu – Su 9:30 – 17:30

Mo closed

Special opening times

Tu 12/24/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Christmas Eve

We 12/25/2019 closed Christmas

Th 12/26/2019 10:00 – 17:00 St. Stephen´s Day

Tu 12/31/2019 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Eve

We 1/1/2020 closed New Year´s Day

Th 1/2/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Saint Berchtold

Fr 4/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday

Su 4/12/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter

Mo 4/13/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter Monday

Fr 5/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Labour Day

Th 5/21/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Ascension Day

Su 5/31/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whitsun

Mo 6/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whit Monday

Sa 8/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Swiss National Day

Su 9/20/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer (Sunday)

Mo 9/21/2020 closed Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer (Holiday Monday)

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À table! What does Switzerland eat?

Château de Prangins | 7.4.2019 - 20.10.2019
published on 4.4.2019

“Show me what you eat and I will tell you who you are.” In a world where sharing pictures of your latest meal on social media is all the rage, the familiar adage takes on a whole new relevance. With endless information at our fingertips, knowing where food comes from, consuming seasonal produce and enquiring into the working conditions of everyone involved in its production have become major concerns. Decisions on what to eat are influenced by social, political and economic considerations. Food is not just about sustenance: it is also a nexus of cultural and medical practices and an expression of religious and ethical choices.

Taking its cue from the times in which we live, the exhibition “À table! What does Switzerland eat?” sets out to explore what’s bubbling away in the cooking pots of Homo helveticus. Swiss culinary culture is constantly changing, and this is reflected in the wide variety of its regional specialities. What is our food heritage? Where do its roots lie? Combining a scientific, historical and sometimes playful approach, not forgetting the gourmet side of the topic, this exhibition serves up a fascinating and diverse menu covering everything from table manners and the myriad ways of preparing and consuming food to the mechanisms behind famine and plenty, taboos and culinary trends.

In association with Slow Food and La Maison de la Rivière, the exhibition at the Swiss National Museum – Château de Prangins turns the spotlight on French-speaking Switzerland, with a new display and objects yet unseen. It also emphasizes the social ties created via family recipes and the knowledge shared through professional innovations, while local production, biodiversity and plant heritage will be examined season by season in the museum’s kitchen garden – the largest conservatory of forgotten vegetable varieties and rare fruits in Switzerland.

Images

Woman repairing a net

Fishers on Lake Geneva | photo reportage, ASL, around 1944

Copyright: Swiss National Museum

Toblerone box

around 1920, cardboard

Copyright: Bernisches Historisches Museum | Christine Moor

Hans Asper, Fish

1540, watercoloured drawing

Copyright: Swiss National Museum

Sept-en-Gueule pear from Château de Prangins

photograph by Jeanine Jousson, 2011

Copyright: Swiss National Museum

Medal, memento of the 1817 famine

around 1819, tin and card

Copyright: Swiss National Museum

Picnic hamper

1900–1925, wicker

Copyright: Swiss National Museum

The butcher’s shop

of Madame Tricot alias Dominique Kähler Schweizer, Wil SG

Copyright: Daniel Ammann, Herisau

Picnic on ice at Saint-Moritz

photograph by Rudolf Zinggeler-Danioth, late 19th / early 20th century

Copyright: Swiss National Museum

Tatiana Oberson

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Château de Prangins Château de Prangins +41 22 994 88 68 tatiana.oberson@museenational.ch

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