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Visit to the MoneyMuseum

For visits and introductions on Thursday and Friday please call the following number: 

+41 44 242 76 80, send an e-mail to info@sunflower.ch (you may indicate your preferences or interests) or book directly an appointment online.

You can explore the MoneyMuseum alone or in groups with the help of AudioGuide and captions, or delve into the books in the library. You can also book an introduction. This is free of charge. Please inform us about the desired date so that we can be there for you. We are looking forward to your visit.

book a visit or send an e-mail to info@sunflower.ch

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Astronomy - from sundials to Galileo Galilei and Newton

Mankind is investing a lot of money in space travel in the next decade, even though there would be enough problem areas on Earth to spend this money on. Why have we wanted to know what is above the clouds for more than 2,500 years? And what consequences does this knowledge have for the society that lives below these clouds? These are the questions that this exhibition traces.

We meet Ptolemy in antiquity, as well as Sacrobosco in the late Middle Ages, Clavius and the calendar reform in the 16th century, as well as famous astronomers Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Copernicus and in the 17th century the great Newton. The exhibition ends with the trip to the moon and the dream of conquering Mars.

 

Traditional Means of Payment

Traditional societies have a hierarchical organization. The position of a person, and with it his prestige, depends not on how much he possesses, but on how many goods he has given to the other members of the society.

 

Money in the Roman Republic

As a rule, coins are not manufactured to provide future generations with an insight into their users’ environment, but to be recognized as a reliable currency in the largest possible geographic area. The recognition effect was important – for instance, the most successful coins from Greek antiquity, the tetradrachms introduced by the Athenians and by Alexander the Great, featured the same image for more than one and a half centuries.

The denarii of the Roman Republic, on the other hand, are a completely different matter! Here, in the excited first century BC, the coin motifs change quicker than the years. We find everything: scenes from the past, allusions to the present, images of everyday political life, buildings, people, and of course deities. The ones responsible seem to have squeezed their whole world into the small space a denarius provides for coin motifs.

The exhibition highlights the phase of the Roman Empire when it was still Republican and focused on virtues, which enabled this state to fly high later.

 

Rarebooks

Introduction to our library with rare books and modern literature. 

Visit our specially dedicated website: Bookophile.com

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