Pottery museum

Pottery Museum
Pottery Museum. © JC Adatte
  • Place
    • Bonfol

  • Recommended Duration
    • 1 h 0

The Bonfol Pottery Museum presents an overview of the handicraft and industrial activities linked to the village's clay, known as Bonfol variegated clay and used for several centuries in ceramics.

The collections of Armand Bachofner and the CISA ceramic tile factory (Mrs and Mr Buser) led to the creation of the museum's inventory representing several hundred pieces. Various purchases, finds and donations regularly enhance the collection, which contains objects from the 18th to the 20th century.

The permanent exhibition
A room dedicated to the old and new ceramic technologies used in Bonfol shows the different stages of production, from the clays found in the municipality to the assembly, decoration and firing techniques.

The old cellar presents an overview of 20th-century productions from five angles: trade, factory stamps, ornaments, multifunctional containers and cooking pots.
On the first floor, the reconstruction of a 20th-century factory provides insight into the techniques used in Bonfol. In some instances, two old lathes resume operations, bringing new life and atmosphere to this place of memory. On request, courses can be organised here. The first floor also includes a storeroom, open to the public, where the collections are displayed.

Also available are temporary exhibitions which change every two or three years.

In addition to exhibition openings, other events are also held at the museum.

  • Prices for group
    • CHF 4.-
  • Prices per person
    • CHF 5.-
  • Adolescents from age 12, students, pensioners/disabled
    • CHF 4.-
  • Children up to 12 years
    • Free
  • Friends of the Museum, holders of the Swiss Museum Pass or of a credit card of Raiffeisen bank
    • Free
Good to know
Good to know
    • Open on first and third Sunday of the month: 2 – 5 p.m.
    • For groups of at least 8 persons, upon previous reservation by telephone.
    • Possibility to see some of the fortifications from the First World War, especially at Le Largin.
On site
On site
  • Accessibility
    • Suitable for families
  • Activities
    • Animations for children
    • Guided tours
    • Exhibition / explanations
  • Services
    • Suitable for groups
    • WC
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