Collection of Historical Material of the Swiss Armed Forces (HAM foundation)

Immerse yourself in the history of the Swiss Armed Forces.

  • Thun

Exhibition of the Foundation for Historical Material of the Swiss Armed Forces

Gain fascinating insights into the equipment used by the Swiss Armed Forces from 1800 to the present day. The HAM foundation procures and safeguards the material heritage of the Swiss Armed Forces on behalf of the Swiss government. The surviving artefacts from the past 200 years are cultural assets of major importance. As well as gathering historical objects, the foundation advocates the conservation, restoration and documentation of artefacts. Take a colourful trip back through history.

You can inspect the precious cultural heritage of the Swiss Armed Forces at various sites. Discover the exhibition on a group tour in Thun Schwäbis and learn a great deal about uniforms and insignia as well as surveying equipment and optical equipment. Enjoy the sight of weaponry, tanks, forces postal items and much more on this absorbing visit. The open storage space in Burgdorf displays some 600 historical vehicles, including tanks, wheel-based vehicles, construction vehicles, covered fourgon wagons and carriages. The Waffenplatz base in Thun presents an impressive indoor and outdoor exhibition of tanks that visitors can attend without prior reservation. Want to know more about Waffenplatz Thun? Then visit the special exhibition.
Special exhibition of the HAM foundation: «Thun’s gallant military base - 200 years of the Waffenplatz»
As part of celebrations marking 200 years of the Waffenplatz, the foundation opened a special exhibition. Want to know more about the historical events that have shaped the Swiss Armed Forced over the past 200 years? Wondering know how Thun ended up with a military training zone in the first place? The exhibition has the answers. Over seven timeframes spanning 1819 to the present day, trace the development of the Swiss Armed Forces and its equipment. Please note that visits are subject to prior reservation and must be made as part of a group tour.

Your highlights at a glance
  • Get a fascinating insight into the evolution of the Swiss Armed Forces
  • Learn more about the events of the past 200 years
  • View historic materials used by the Armed Forces 
To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way
  • Prior reservation is required to visit the special exhibition in Thun Schwäbis
  • Group tours must have at least six persons
  • Registration is required 2 weeks in advance
  • Duration of tour: 2-3 hours
The exhibition is free of chargePersonal tip
"The tour was very informative, and we learned a great deal about the history of the Swiss army. It was interesting to find out about the events that led to changes in the equipment used over the past 200 years."

Schaulager Historisches Material der Schweizer Armee (Stiftung HAM)


3602 Thun


Phone: +41 58 468 45 12

Mobile: + 41 79 107 92 11


Website: www.stiftung-ham.ch

General information

  • Bad Weather Offer
  • Suitable for any weather
  • for Groups
Other Furnishing/Equipment
  • Handicapped accessible WC
  • Barrier-free access


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