Art and History Museum Fribourg


The collection and its history

The Art and History Museum of Fribourg collects mostly artworks and historical objects that are either from the canton or have some connection with it...

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A museum within the ramparts

Only a small number of the buildings that today house the Art and History Museum were built for that purpose. In fact, just the two temporary exhibition rooms (1964) fall under that category. As for the rest, the institution occupies three buildings, which initially had quite different uses: the small Renaissance palace known as Hôtel Ratzé, a nineteenth-century slaughterhouse (abattoir) and an arsenal. All three are grouped together on the site of an old city gate, called the «Mauvaise Tour» (Evil Tower), which was destroyed in 1848.

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