Anniversary exhibition

75 years Pestalozzi Children's Foundation

The Pestalozzi Children's Foundation is celebrating its 75 anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Foundation has developed a new, interactive exhibition on the past and present of the Children's Village in Trogen.

In one of the first houses of the Children's Village – constructed by the renowned Swiss architect Hans Fischli –the original rooms invite the visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the village and the foundation

The exhibition tour starts with a footbridge offering a new view upon entering the Children's Village. This is also where the narrative figures are introduced. They accompany the visitors throughout the exhibitions various modules. Then, there is a world map, visualizing the Children's Village connections to the world. This is where the talking pen –an audio-digital pen –is introduced. A ball pit and an impressive slide leading out of the house have been installed especially for children. In the anteroom of the slide, a «child rights laboratory» has been set up, where children can playfully learn about their rights. Ten stamp stations distributed throughout the village invite children and adults alike to take a tour on the topic of child rights. 

This exhibition appeals to various senses. There is the media house with its radio play and other immersing topical rooms, the old school where empathy and sustainable development goals are given room have been designed specifically for youths.

The transformer station and the house of worship on the other hand appeal to an adult audience. In the transformer station, enlarged drawings of the Children's Village are on display. The house of worship houses the photo series «New Dutch Views» by Marwan Bassiouni.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday
13.30 to 5:00 pm

10.30 am to 4:30 pm

Closed on Mondays and Saturdays

The Visitors' Centre is closed on the follwing public holidays:

13 to 16 May (Ascension)
22 to 24 May (Pentecost)
01 August (national holiday)
01 November (All Saints' Day)

Admission fees

  • Adults: CHF 12 Adults
  • Senior citizens and disabled persons CHF 10
  • Children (up to 16 years), apprentices: free
  • School classe (max 1 class with teacher): CHF 80

Free entry

  • Circle of friends members
  • Sponsors
  • School classes from the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden
  • Swiss Museum Pass holders
  • proArte members
  • Raiffeisen card members
  • REKA rental contract holders
  • ICOM/VMS membership card holders
  • KulturLegi/CarteCulture membership card holders

Public guided tours

Take the opportunity to join a public guided tour of the Children's Village. You do not need to sign up or reserve a place to take part in the tour. The dates and times of our public guided tours are listed in the ‘Events’ section (in German).

Private tours

Would you like to take a private tour on a date of your choice with your association, work colleagues or friends? Please contact us: guest@pestalozzi.ch / 071 343 73 43. We would be pleased to help you organise the event.



Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi
Kinderdorfstrasse 20
9043 Trogen