Jura Museum of Art and History

Delémont, Switzerland

Founded in 1909 by Arthur Daucourt, Musée jurassien d'art et d'histoire exhibits the history of Jura canton. It has 21 permanent exhibition rooms presenting the history of Jura, primarily in its cultural aspects, but also social, political and economic.

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Founded: 1909
Category: Museums in Switzerland

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www.mjah.ch

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Andro Boksic (6 months ago)
Klein aber fein
Catherine Morel (6 months ago)
Exposition sur l'argent très intéressante je recommande
Océane Roten (9 months ago)
Musee au top. Une exposition temporaire sur l'argent qui est vraiment bien exposée. Les locaux sont juste magnifiques. Une exposition fixe qui est juste splendide pour découvrir la Region du Jura. Le temps nous a malheureusement manqué pour tout pouvoir apprecier à sa juste valeur.
Matthias Schelker (10 months ago)
Interessantes Museum. Parkplätze in der Nähe. Zentrale Lage im Herzen der Altstadt von Delemont. Gute Dokumentation der Ausstellungstücke in mehreren Sprachen. Schöne Kaffeeecke mit Shop. Sehr freundliches Personal.
Salimah Sayang (3 years ago)
I would to see them with my own eyes ..
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