The Great Saint Bernard: an illustrated history

Barryland - Musée et Chiens du St-Bernard - Rue du Levant 34, 1920 Martigny


The Great St. Bernard Pass and Hospice, and the canons and the Saint Bernard rescue dog itself, are closely linked both in history and in the images that carry the reputation of this mythical place far and wide as one of the compulsory passages linking north-west Europe to the Mediterranean. Thanks to the collaboration of Frédéric Künzi and Léonard Gianadda, a large collection of old prints has been created and showcased in exhibitions and publications. By taking over this collection, the Barry Foundation wishes to honour the Hospice’s influence, the canons' commitment and the feats of the Swiss national dog. It is also marking its own commitment to continuing the work carried out and building on the legacy with the addition of recent contributions by Giuseppe Vuyet, André Kuenzi and Annette Ferrari. The exhibition portrays the iconic sites of the Alpine crossing from Lake Geneva to Aosta, the Hospice, the canons and the dogs as well as the Napoleonic adventure, which contributed to turning a perilous crossing into a legendary pass that one had to cross at least once in one's lifetime.

General information :

Opening times :
Every day, from 10am to 6pm.

Admission prices :
Adult : CHF 12.-
Child, student : CHF 7.-
Senior citizens, AI : CHF 10.-

Contact :
+41 27 720 53 53

Photograph © Barryland


From 24.01.2020
To 31.10.2020
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