The eventful history of the Laufental valley is told in a variety of ways from different perspectives. There’s a fascinating combination of photographs, paintings, prehistoric and Roman excavations as well as fossils.
The Laufental valley is steeped in remarkable history. Different facets of its varied past are on display at Museum Laufental in permanent and special exhibits. It presents items with strong significance to the region over four storeys.
One exhibit, for example, displays an extensive fossil collection from the fossil expert Peter Borer. Another showcases pictures by local photographer Hans Schaltenbrand, while another deals with the topic of archaeology. Finds such as harpoons and spear tips are on display here, as well as a representation of supposedly the “oldest Swiss person”. This skeleton of a woman from the Mesolithic era was found in the area around 80 years ago. The Romans also left behind traces in the Laufental valley: vessels, coins, nails and chariot fixtures. The exhibits are rounded off by oil paintings, sketches and woodcarvings by local artist August Cueni (1883–1966).
Another speciality of the museum is its own wine, the grapes for which thrive on the sunny slopes of the Laufental valley. The Pinot Noir can be purchased directly from the museum.
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