In contrast; the permanent exhibition on Swiss history had to find new ways of presentation; since the National Museumâ€™s collections have gaps in the areas of political and economic history; as well as in contemporary history. And yet; a new narrative of Swiss history must offer visitors precisely these links between outstanding objects of cultural history and the narrative of a national history; which addresses themes that are not shown in the collection. The four chapters of Swiss history are structured chronologically and enable the historical study of the settlement; religious; political and economic history of Switzerland â€“ from the pre-Christian era to the 21st century. The objects in the collection have now been given â€˜a new medialityâ€™ in the nationâ€™s venerable â€˜Hall of Fameâ€™. The modernity of the scenography; the presentations and arrangements of the objects break with the earlier presentation of political history which was characterized by the depiction of military victories. It now takes the visitor along a path â€“ which can be physically followed â€“ to consensual Swiss democracy and thus makes a contribution to the contemporary understanding of political developments in Switzerland. The other rooms give visitors a picture of Switzerland that is shaped by immigration and emigration; by religious conflicts and splits; by its political system based on consensus as well as early economic successes. The narrative strand links transformational processes with the great ruptures in history; and thus places itself entirely at the service of historical learning; one of the most important tasks of a history museum.
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