Swiss Archive of the Performing Arts – SAPA

Grand theatre in a confined space

Quality is not defined by space alone. That certainly goes for the Swiss Archive of the Performing Arts, which is unique in Switzerland. With detailed background texts and pictorial material, it permits a perceptive tour of the history of drama from the famous Greek amphitheatres like Epidauros via Shakespeare’s theatre to the present day. Each type of theatre is illustrated by a large model showing the mechanisms used at the time. Visitors can work the systems themselves and so gain a unique insight into theatrical techniques and procedures.
The spotlight is naturally directed on the history of the theatre in Switzerland, presented in its broader European context. Tribute is paid here to such prominent figures as the leading Genevan theatrical reformer Adolphe Appia (1862 – 1928), whose estate is held by the Swiss Archive of the Performing Arts.

Visitor information

Opening hours
Fri / Sat / Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Library and archive:
Wed / Thu 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • From railway station
    Tram Tram 6, 7, 8, 9 to Hirschengraben

  • From railway station
    Bus 12
    to Schanzenpost

  • 3 mins along the footpath from SBB Perron over the footbridge towards Länggasse

  • Library and archive
    Wed / Thu 11a.m. -5 p.m.