The Swiss Open-Air Museum has a comprehensive library and extensive picture archive. The Swiss farmhouse research archive is also located at the museum. As well as an extensive handicrafts library, the Ballenberg Course Centre also houses a colour library that is unique in Switzerland.
The library of the Open-air Museum is located in the administrative building by the West Entrance. Access to the picture archive is through the library. Interlibrary loans are not possible. Please make a reservation a minimum one week in advance if you wish to use it. Our guidelines for visiting the library can be found at the bottom of the page.
7000 volumes, 20 magazine subscriptions, 100 digital media (audio and film), 2 metres of other relevant documents.
40,000 analog images, 20,000 digital images. Focus on documentation of construction of the museum building and museum operations. A selection of high-quality, evocative images of Ballenberg can be used free of charge on our media page. When using other documents from the picture archive of the Open-Air Museum Ballenberg, the guidelines for the Use of Services apply (see end of page).
If you would like to use individually collated images, please contact us in good time. After we have put together a selection of images for you in accordance with the criteria in the access conditions, please fill out the application for reproduction authorisation, including conditions of use.
Swiss Open-Air Museum
CH-3858 Hofstetten bei Brienz
6 April to 29 October 2023
10 am to 5 pm daily