I am an avid museum visitor, Swiss MuseumPass ambassador and one of TheLausanners. I therefore reached out to MuseumPass and Lausanne Tourisme and together we managed to reach many museums that were generous enough to allow me to take some photos and to speak with their employees over the last few weeks. In total, I was able to enter 13 different museums throughout Switzerland and to create this photo gallery.
My experience was very different from place to place: some had a feeling of emptiness, some had a very peaceful feel, and some gave me the impression of stepping into a different era.  Whether it be with blinds closed, only daylight or the lighting usually used for cleaning, it made me realize how a museum is also a scene, a show that can only live under one’s eyes… and I could feel the hope and anticipation of the museums to welcome visitors again.
During my visits, I noticed that many museums are located in a landscaped environment which was still being used. Even when they were physically closed, they still provided something positive to the population. Which was also true for my family who accompanied me on my road trips to the different museums, as it was the kids' school holiday week. They were able to enjoy the sun, the scenery and relax in the museum gardens while I took my photos.
The lockdown created many challenges for the museums. The management of temporary exhibitions in particular was incredibly difficult, be it to keep lended works for longer periods of time, to manage the corresponding insurances or to reschedule and reorganize the upcoming events.
However, the situation pushed everyone to imagine new virtual projects and create online experiences such as virtual exhibitions, virtual tours, or even Zoom conferences. Some offered digital experiences and films to convey information about the life and work of great artists. Some created special events to highlight and use their outdoor spaces. Others took this downtime to do a major cleaning and carry out maintenance measures, while others transformed their exhibitions into workshops presented to classrooms.
All in all, imagination and innovation was the key point to keep the relationship with the visitors alive. And all museums agree on one point : they are eager to re-open and reconnect with the public. 

Musée cantonal de zoologie, Lausanne
The history of the Musée cantonal de zoologie goes back to 1779. It moved to its present location in the Palais de Rumine in 1906. Inspired by the museography of the 18th and 19th century, the permanent exhibition has a decidedly old-fashioned charm. Its shark, with a length of 5m89, is the largest naturalized specimen in the world!
It will reopen on March 2nd.
Musée cantonal de zoologie, Lausanne
Musée cantonal de zoologie, Lausanne
"We can still open our museums for classes, so we still have a few visitors." - Chantal Ebongué-Pittet, Communication officer
"We can still open our museums for classes, so we still have a few visitors." - Chantal Ebongué-Pittet, Communication officer
"In September 2020, we opened a joint exhibition at the three museums of Rumine, Exotic. It ends on February 28 and will therefore only have been visible for about 2 months. We hesitated to extend it, but finally gave up [ ...] because we have 35 different lenders and some items were already promised for other exhibitions elsewhere. " Chantal Ebongué - Communication officer
"In September 2020, we opened a joint exhibition at the three museums of Rumine, Exotic. It ends on February 28 and will therefore only have been visible for about 2 months. We hesitated to extend it, but finally gave up [ ...] because we have 35 different lenders and some items were already promised for other exhibitions elsewhere. " Chantal Ebongué - Communication officer
Laténium, Neuchâtel
Inaugurated on September 7th, 2001, the Laténium is the biggest archaeological museum in Switzerland. The museum and its park are built on archaeological sites dating back to the Upper Paleolithic and the museum displays the Bevaix boat, a 20m Gallo-Roman ship. In 2003, the Laténium received the European Museum of the Year Award.
It will reopen on March 1st.
Laténium, Neuchâtel - "[We created], in a hurry, throughout the past summer, [the] Laténium Estival festival, with a program focused on exchanges between science and the performing arts and highlighting the idyllic setting of our archaeological park" - Marc-Antoine Kaeser, Director Laténium
Laténium, Neuchâtel - "[We created], in a hurry, throughout the past summer, [the] Laténium Estival festival, with a program focused on exchanges between science and the performing arts and highlighting the idyllic setting of our archaeological park" - Marc-Antoine Kaeser, Director Laténium
"It is by connecting with visitors, on a daily basis, in the exhibition rooms or in the museum café, that we fuel the passion that drives our projects. Consequently, the absence of visitors is very hard to bear morally. " - Marc-Antoine Kaeser, Director Laténium
"It is by connecting with visitors, on a daily basis, in the exhibition rooms or in the museum café, that we fuel the passion that drives our projects. Consequently, the absence of visitors is very hard to bear morally. " - Marc-Antoine Kaeser, Director Laténium
This view of the rocks inside the empty pond reminded me of sitting in a buddhist temple in Kyoto, the view perfectly directed onto a landscaped rock garden.
This view of the rocks inside the empty pond reminded me of sitting in a buddhist temple in Kyoto, the view perfectly directed onto a landscaped rock garden.
MCBA, Lausanne
The Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts was created in 1841. It moved to its new building, designed by Barozzi/Veiga, in 2019. Its entrance hall with views towards the Lausanne train station and the Léman, features the 14.5m high sculpture "Luce e ombra" by the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone.
The MCBA will reopen on March 2nd.
MCBA, Lausanne - "For reception and security, [the closure] was an opportunity to look at more logistical and organizational issues such as the review of certain processes." - Lucie Borer, Marketing specialist
MCBA, Lausanne - "For reception and security, [the closure] was an opportunity to look at more logistical and organizational issues such as the review of certain processes." - Lucie Borer, Marketing specialist
"For communication, we used this closing time to think about new strategies, new partnerships, work on the graphic charter [...]. We [...] proposed a digital offer through our social networks and our website "- Lucie Borer, Marketing Specialist
"For communication, we used this closing time to think about new strategies, new partnerships, work on the graphic charter [...]. We [...] proposed a digital offer through our social networks and our website "- Lucie Borer, Marketing Specialist
"As for the bookstore, it was a good time for annual inventory, optimal stock management, and reference checks." - Lucie Borer, Marketing specialist
"As for the bookstore, it was a good time for annual inventory, optimal stock management, and reference checks." - Lucie Borer, Marketing specialist
Collection de l'Art brut, Lausanne
We owe the existence of the Collection de l'Art brut to French painter Jean Dubuffet who, in 1971, donated his collection and archives to the city of Lausanne. The museum, located in the 18th century Château de Beaulieu, was opened to the public on February 26, 1976. 
It will reopen on March 2nd.
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
With the lights only partially open, the museum space itself had a strong presence and was graphically very interesting.
With the lights only partially open, the museum space itself had a strong presence and was graphically very interesting.
"We are finalizing the installation of our next exhibition dedicated to a Dutch artist, Willem van Genk, which was initially due to open on February 18 ...." - Sarah Lombardi, director Collection de l'Art Brut
"We are finalizing the installation of our next exhibition dedicated to a Dutch artist, Willem van Genk, which was initially due to open on February 18 ...." - Sarah Lombardi, director Collection de l'Art Brut
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
The Zentrum Paul Klee features about 40 percent of Paul Klee’s entire pictorial oeuvre. The building was designed by Renzo Piano and completed in 2005. The 150m long glass front is composed of three arches that also separate the multi-disciplinary activities of the museum: art education, collection, research and administration.
For the reopening, admission to the exhibitions will be free on March 2nd.
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee was designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 2005.
Zentrum Paul Klee was designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 2005.
Many people were strolling through the museum park, showing that even with the closure, they remain vital elements of the community.
Many people were strolling through the museum park, showing that even with the closure, they remain vital elements of the community.
Museum für Kommunikation, Bern
The Museum of Communication is the only museum in Switzerland that deals exclusively with the history of communication. It is the successor of the postal museum founded in 1907 and still houses one of the largest publicly accessible philately collections in the world. In 2019, it was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize.
It will re-open on March 2nd.
Museum für Kommunikation - "Digital access in particular was important to us even before Corona; this topic has of course become even more important. At the same time, on the other side of the coin, direct encounters have also become more valuable." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
Museum für Kommunikation - "Digital access in particular was important to us even before Corona; this topic has of course become even more important. At the same time, on the other side of the coin, direct encounters have also become more valuable." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
"In spring we broadcasted the exhibition via live stream, in November we took our content out onto the street with the Fresh Air Museum and since the beginning of the year we have been writing postcards and throwing them into randomly selected mailboxes in and around Bern." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
"In spring we broadcasted the exhibition via live stream, in November we took our content out onto the street with the Fresh Air Museum and since the beginning of the year we have been writing postcards and throwing them into randomly selected mailboxes in and around Bern." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
"Our large temporary exhibition “SUPER - The Second Creation” would have opened in November and has now been closed for four months. It is of course frustrating not to be able to show such a great exhibition." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
"Our large temporary exhibition “SUPER - The Second Creation” would have opened in November and has now been closed for four months. It is of course frustrating not to be able to show such a great exhibition." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
"We have now extended it until 2022 and of course had to adjust the rest of the exhibition planning." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
"We have now extended it until 2022 and of course had to adjust the rest of the exhibition planning." - Nico Gurtner, Head of Marketing & Communication
Historisches Museum Basel - Barfüßerkirche
The Barfüßerkirche was built between 1275 and 1309. It became home to the Basel Historical Museum after renovations in 1894. On its over 6000 square meters of exhibition space, it shows in particular the treasury of the Basel Cathedral, the Basel and Strasbourg tapestries,  and altars and ecclesiastical graphic works.
It will re-open on March 2nd and currently features the special exhibition Borderlines on Basel during the National Socialist era.
Historisches Museum Basel - Barfüßerkirche
Historisches Museum Basel - Barfüßerkirche
"We used the time to carry out certain cleanings [...]. For example, all ventilation ducts were cleaned here in the Barfüsserkirche." - Eliane Tschudin, Communication employee
"We used the time to carry out certain cleanings [...]. For example, all ventilation ducts were cleaned here in the Barfüsserkirche." - Eliane Tschudin, Communication employee
"The digital offers were expanded during the period of closure; these offers will continue to be available in the future." - Eliane Tschudin, Communication employee
"The digital offers were expanded during the period of closure; these offers will continue to be available in the future." - Eliane Tschudin, Communication employee
"Fortunately, we were able to extend the current special exhibition “Borderlines - Basel 1933–1945” by two months until the end of May." - Eliane Tschudin, Communication employee
"Fortunately, we were able to extend the current special exhibition “Borderlines - Basel 1933–1945” by two months until the end of May." - Eliane Tschudin, Communication employee
Museum Kloster Muri
Muri Abbey is a Benedictine monastery dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours and was founded in 1027. The exhibition in the Muri Monastery Museum takes a look behind the once so closed monastery walls, and tells numerous stories from the life of the abbots and monks.
Museum Kloster Muri
Museum Kloster Muri
"Everyday life without visitors consists on the one hand of major cleaning and maintenance measures that can now be carried out." - Heidi Holdener, managing director Murikultur
"Everyday life without visitors consists on the one hand of major cleaning and maintenance measures that can now be carried out." - Heidi Holdener, managing director Murikultur
"We have made individual offers available digitally - for example with “Caspar Wolf online”. Eleven small films convey more about the life and work of this important artist." - Heidi Holdener, managing director Murikultur
"We have made individual offers available digitally - for example with “Caspar Wolf online”. Eleven small films convey more about the life and work of this important artist." - Heidi Holdener, managing director Murikultur
The hundreds of years old cloister has lost none of its serenity. It was as if you could hear the silence.
The hundreds of years old cloister has lost none of its serenity. It was as if you could hear the silence.
Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel
The H3K is a museum for contemporary art in the field of electronic media, opened in 2011. 
In October 2014, it moved into the current premises, located in the Dreispitzareal, which were renovated by the architects Rüdisühli Ibach.
The H3K will re-open on March 3rd. The opening of its new exhibition "Shaping the Invisible World" will also be accessible via Zoom. Admission to the exhibitions is free until March 7.
H3K, Basel - "All H3K employees had their hands full even while the museum was closed. As a museum for media art, art in digital space is also one of our focal points. Some of the works from the collection are also network-based." - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
H3K, Basel - "All H3K employees had their hands full even while the museum was closed. As a museum for media art, art in digital space is also one of our focal points. Some of the works from the collection are also network-based." - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
"With [...] Net Encounters, we want to enable new formats for direct exchange between artists and audiences online. We also have numerous online workshops [...], such as the BitFabrik - a programming club for children" - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
"With [...] Net Encounters, we want to enable new formats for direct exchange between artists and audiences online. We also have numerous online workshops [...], such as the BitFabrik - a programming club for children" - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
"The H3K had to change the annual program for 2020 and 2021[...]. Many international artists and visitors are currently unable to visit us, which is why we will continue to offer a hybrid program for everyone in the future." - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
"The H3K had to change the annual program for 2020 and 2021[...]. Many international artists and visitors are currently unable to visit us, which is why we will continue to offer a hybrid program for everyone in the future." - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
"We have also come up with an exciting concept for our online openings via Zoom, in which the artists are in the foreground and present their works of art themselves. The next online opening for the Shaping the Invisible World exhibition will take place on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 7PM" - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
"We have also come up with an exciting concept for our online openings via Zoom, in which the artists are in the foreground and present their works of art themselves. The next online opening for the Shaping the Invisible World exhibition will take place on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 7PM" - Elena Kuznik, Head of Communications
Kunstmuseum Bern
The Kunstmuseum Bern was established in 1849 and moved into its current premises, designed by town master architect Eugen Stettler, in 1879. Its collection consists of over 3,000 paintings and sculptures as well as 48,000 drawings, prints, photographs, videos and films.
Admission to the exhibitions is free during the reopening day on March 2nd.
Kunstmuseum Bern
Kunstmuseum Bern
The absence of the normal lights inside the Museum Café made me feel as if I had stepped into a movie set.
The absence of the normal lights inside the Museum Café made me feel as if I had stepped into a movie set.
The light from the skylights falling onto the bottle of desinfectant. Being at the right place at the right time.
The light from the skylights falling onto the bottle of desinfectant. Being at the right place at the right time.
Stapferhaus, Lenzburg
The Stapferhaus was founded in 1960 as a place of encounter and intellectual debate. It is known for its exhibitions on socio-political issues. Since 2018, they are on display in a new building, designed by pool Architekten,  right next to the Lenzburg train station. The building is designed to be constantly transformed: stairs and walls can be shifted, floors opened, the façade and forecourt can be altered.
The Stapferhaus will open again its exhibition "Gender" on Tuesday, March 2nd. As the number of places is limited, reserve a place for your visit online.
Stapferhaus, Lenzburg - "The people at the front, i.e. from the reception and bistro, are currently on short-time work and are looking forward to the fact that the Stapferhaus will hopefully open again soon." - Noemi Fraefel, responsible for communication and marketing
Stapferhaus, Lenzburg - "The people at the front, i.e. from the reception and bistro, are currently on short-time work and are looking forward to the fact that the Stapferhaus will hopefully open again soon." - Noemi Fraefel, responsible for communication and marketing
"The team has modified various workshops so that they can be held in the classroom. The Stapferhaus is happy to go to school!" - Noemi Fraefel, responsible for communication and marketing
"The team has modified various workshops so that they can be held in the classroom. The Stapferhaus is happy to go to school!" - Noemi Fraefel, responsible for communication and marketing
"We are working on a digital offer for companies and groups that unfortunately had to cancel their trip to the Stapferhaus." - Noemi Fraefel, responsible for communication and marketing
"We are working on a digital offer for companies and groups that unfortunately had to cancel their trip to the Stapferhaus." - Noemi Fraefel, responsible for communication and marketing
Aquatis, Lausanne
Aquatis is the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe. The course of the visit is organized around 5 biozones and 12 natural environments and the scenography emphasizes the fragility of these ecosystems.
Aquatis, Lausanne
Aquatis, Lausanne
Seeing this museum under the cleaning lights was a visually bold experience
Seeing this museum under the cleaning lights was a visually bold experience
Normally open every day, Aquatis has now been closed since January 4th.
Normally open every day, Aquatis has now been closed since January 4th.
The Olympic Museum, Lausanne
The Olympic Museum was founded under the leadership of Juan Antonio Samaranch and inaugurated on June 23, 1993. It received the European Museum of the Year award in 1995 and is the second most visited museum in Switzerland. The building, designed by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Jean-Pierre Cahen and Miguel Espinet in the style of classical modernism, have  been completely renovated by Swiss architects Brauen Wälchli Architects and Tekhne SA in 2013.
The museum will re-open on March 2nd and its new temporary exhibition "Tokyo 2020 Sport X Manga" will open on March 18.
The Olympic Museum - "Pandemic and postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games to 21 have doubly affected the planning of the Museum. [...] As of March 18, the museum will offer a vast program dedicated to the XXXII edition of the Games" - Aline Méan - Promotion Manager
The Olympic Museum - "Pandemic and postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games to 21 have doubly affected the planning of the Museum. [...] As of March 18, the museum will offer a vast program dedicated to the XXXII edition of the Games" - Aline Méan - Promotion Manager
"The empty spaces make it easier to shoot virtual tours and other services. It's an opportunity to show the museum from new angles, to bring out the atmosphere of the place in a surprising way." - Aline Méan - Promotion Manager
"The empty spaces make it easier to shoot virtual tours and other services. It's an opportunity to show the museum from new angles, to bring out the atmosphere of the place in a surprising way." - Aline Méan - Promotion Manager
"This period was rich in lessons because beyond the operational consequences, the pandemic allowed us to be more creative, to test different initiatives, to reinvent ourselves." - Aline Méan - Promotion Manager
"This period was rich in lessons because beyond the operational consequences, the pandemic allowed us to be more creative, to test different initiatives, to reinvent ourselves." - Aline Méan - Promotion Manager