The Chamber of Marvels. 150 Years Rhaetian Museum

Since the Baroque era princes or wealthy citizens in many places liked to collect exceptional objects, which they presented in so-called chambers of marvels. In doing so they usually did not care to limit themselves to strict collecting concepts: specimens from nature, art objects, antiques and curiosities. Here everything came together in gaily coloured and fascinating combination.

The modern museum, as we know it today, is a middle-class invention of the 19th century. At the time new exhibition houses emerged all over Europe. The Rhaetian Museum also opened in the year 1872.

Since then the museum is collecting. By now its inventory includes approximately 100’000 objects. For the anniversary we want to invite you on a discovery tour of its treasures based on 150 exhibits. For each year since the opening one object was chosen that found its way into the collection in that particular year. Thus the exhibition shows a representative cross-section: the precious, the ancient and the rare can be found here just as well as the surprising, the trivial or the weird, all side by side entirely in the style of the former chamber of marvels.

All the stories and information on the objects of this exhibition can be found on our media guide. Please scan the QR-Code with your smart phone or pick up a tablet at the museum reception. [QR-CODE]

Start the tour 01

A Museum for Graubünden

1872

Melted down Uniform Buttons and Weapon-Parts

1873

Bluzger of the Chur Bishop Paul Ziegler von Ziegelberg (1503-1541)

1874

Amulet-Sword

1875

Roman Oil Lamp

1876

Burgher Goblet from Chur

1877

Casket of the Mummy Ta-di-Isis

1878

Freiherren-diploma for Franz Thomas von Schauenstein (1662‒1742)

1879

Donor Window from Johannes Vonzun

1880

Winged Altar from the Workshop of Ivo Strigel (1430/1431‒1516)

1881

Herme, architektonisches Stützelement

1882

Painting of Marschlins Castle by Wolfgang Wanner

1883

Randleistenbeil aus der Mittelbronzezeit

1884

Faience Plate with Crest of the Family von Planta

1885

Rüstung «Riefelharnisch»

1886

Prunted Glass, «Krautstrunk» for Altar Relics

1887

Stove Panel [Tile] of a Ceramic Stove, Representing the Last Stage of Life

1888

Halberd

1889

Lock of Hair of Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)

1890

Sword Blade, found 1899 during construction of the railway line between Landquart and Klosters

1891

Astronomical Set of Instruments with Angle-Meter, Equatorial Sundial and Nocturnal

1892

Banner of the Grey League

1893

Coptic Textile Fragment

1894

Oil Painting «Battle at Aquasana»

1895

Faience Table Centrepiece from the Family von Salis

1896

Seal Stamp of the 6 Ports (Transport Cooperatives)

1897

Printing Block for Printing Fabrics

1898

Elephant’s Tusk

1899

Shield of the Journeymen’s Association for the Support of Indigent Craftsmen

1900

Pudding Cap for Children

1901

Collector Forgeries of Graubünden Gold Coins from the 17th Century

1902

Fragments of Roman Terra Sigillata Pottery

1903

Tessel for the Settlement of the Milk Yield on the Alp

1904

Troccas Playing Cards

1905

Shooting Range Rifle with Brand of Gian Marchet Colani (1772-1837)

1906

Steeple Cock

1907

Inkwell from the Workshop of Christian Lötscher (1821-1880)

1908

Distaff Attachment

1909

Clockwork from the Obertor [upper town gate] in Chur

1910

Yoke for Harnessing Oxen

1911

Ring Sundial

1912

Chasuble (Liturgical Vestment)

1913

Tallow Candle

1914

Powder Horn

1915

Earrings «Morins»

1916

Printing Press

1917

«Zappla», Clamp for Sheep Shearing

1918

Pair of Scales, (a weight measurement) from the Chur Market Hall

1919

Morning Star for the Graubünden «Landsturm» [Age Group of Troops]

1920

Zughaube (Wind Bonnet)

1921

Votive Painting, donated by Joseph Joos from Trimmis

1922

Denarius of the Emperor Septimius Severus (193‒211)

1923

Coin Scale from the German Lands

1924

Wooden Figurine, Presumably Depicting Saint Nepomuk

1925

Treadle Spinning Wheel

1926

Military Service Badge of the Austrian Army for Baron Daniel von Salis (1826‒1919)

1927

Nail Board from the Nail Smithy Schilling

1928

Fasnacht [Carnival] Mask of Albert Anton Willi (1872–1954)

1929

Portrait of Ulysses von Salis-Marschlins (1728‒1800)

1930

Church Door

1931

Show Towel

1932

Portrait of Government Secretary Franz Bavier (1774‒1822)

1933

A Pair of Skis with Seal Skins

1934

Harmonium, built by Leonhard Wilhelm (1804–1872)

1935

Macramé-Collection of the Sisters Teodora Maddalena and Anna Cornelia Maurizio

1936

«Kammtasche» [toiletry bag]

1937

Wooden Relief «Jürg Jenatsch»

1938

«Rockenbrief», Gift from Johan Barandun to Anna Hänni of Versam

1939

Verdankungsurkunde ans Rätische Museum für Objektausleihen an die Schweizerische Landesausstellung

1940

Coin of the League of the House of God

1941

Bicorne of an Austrian Officer with Accompanying Hatbox

1942

Wooden Mould for Marzipan or Anise Bread Dough

1943

Mining Lamp

1944

Werbung für Postkutschenkurse Chur‒Mailand

1945

Schläger für das Spiel «Mazza»

1946

Etching, Representing the Ruins of the Castle Hohenrätien

1947

Late Mediaeval Coin Find

1948

«La sacra Biblia», Bibel in romanischer Sprache

1949

Birthing Chair

1950

Prism Jug of Heinrich Wilhelm Lange

1951

Bone Figurine

1952

Foot Warmer

1953

Fountain Figure

1954

Coinage Mandate of the Emperor Maximilian II, Ban on Foreign Coins

1955

Folding Fan of the Family von Salis

1956

Newspaper «Der Alpenbothe»

1957

Amulet, also called «Blutstrich» [blood stain]

1958

Modell der Uniform eines Bündner Landjägers um 1850

1959

Coffee Roaster

1960

Tapestry

1961

Justaucorps [a man’s knee-length coat]

1962

Copperplate Print of Piuro, depicting the village before the landslide

1963

Plaster Cast of a Melted-Down Church Bell of 1768

1964

Brooch

1965

Halved Roman Dupondius from Nîmes

1966

Toy Cow

1967

Steinbocktruhe [ibex chest] from the Surses

1968

Dutch Certificate of Service for Caspar Selig of Flims

1969

Magic Lantern (Laterna Magica) with Device for Oil-Lighting

1970

Ibex Horns with Skull and Jaw

1971

Reliquary (receptacle for relics) with Fragments of a Human Femur

1972

Crawl for Digging up Snails

1973

Raft Hook

1974

Bear Trap (Jump Trap)

1975

Tin Soldiers, «Buol» Regiment, 170¬8–1714

1976

Inkwell of the a Marca Family

1977

Eucharist Chalice

1978

Water Bucket for the Fire Brigade

1979

Davos Wooden Wheel Clock

1980

Good Friday Rattle

1981

School Desk

1982

Ceiling Light from the Hotels Post and Viamala

1983

Share of the Carlton Hotel

1984

Coin Find with Roman Denarii

1985

Watch Chain of Human Hair

1986

Wooden Doll, «Sennentuntschi»

1987

Ladies’ Underpants

1988

Bottle of Mineral Water

1989

Uniform Cap for RhB Conductor

1990

«Carte de visite» of Marie Coray, photographed by Jost Guler

1991

Crampon

1992

Ration Card for Meals

1993

Jewel Casket

1994

Cowbell from the Bellfounder Franz Moser (1858‒1938)

1995

Vacuum Cleaner of the Brand «Electrolux»

1996

Lady’s Dress

1997

Seat from the Military Aircraft Morane-Saulnier 35 «Hélène»

128

Bowl for «Spanish Soup»

1999

Grave Cross

2000

Sketchbook of the Raetian Museum’s Bronze Age Objects, Illustrated by Dietrich Jecklin (1833‒1891)

2001

Werbeplakat der Weinhandlung «Schmid & Conzetti»

2002

Kastenbild zur Erinnerung an die Profess des Bündner Theologen Bonifaz Räss (1848–1928)

2003

Mappe mit Werken des Zürcher Künstlers Heinrich Keller (1778–1862)

2004

Dienstbotenbüchlein der Magd Barbara Markut aus Klosters (geb. 1812)

2005

Topografische Karte des Kantons Rätien

2006

Raviolimaschine aus der Teigwarenfabrik CADA

2007

Filzhut «Grashelm» von Trijnie Veenstra

2008

Briefkasten der PTT

2009

Taufzettel für Margreth Oberpreier von ihrer Taufpatin

2010

Flugblatt im Zusammenhang mit dem Zweiten Mailänder Kapitulat

2011

Fahrrad der Schweizer Armee (Ordonnanzfahrrad 05)

2012

Viehhüte-Apparat

2013

Ansichtskarten aus der Sammlung Peter Wolf (1917‒2011)

2014

Taschenspucknapf aus der Sammlung «Blauer Heinrich»

2015

T-Shirt aus der Abstimmungskampagne zur Initiative «Ja zu sauberer Energie ohne Kohle» vom 22. September 2013

2016

Autochrom Diapositive aus der Sammlung Carl Georg Bernhard (1858 –1939)

2017

Giessfasskalter aus dem Schloss Marschlins

2018

Stempel der NSDAP-Auslandorganisation in Davos, polizeilich sichergestellt im Mordfall Wilhelm Gustloff

2019

Stoffbahn aus der Kunstinstallation «flüchtige behausung» von Peter Trachsel (1949–2013)

2020

Essgeschirr eines Verdingbuben

2021

Japanische Schultervasen

2022

Die Sammlung wächst weiter. Welches Objekt von heute gehört ins Museum?