S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

The leading institution devoted to public exhibitions and outreach programs about modern and contemporary architecture in Switzerland.

Steinenberg 7

S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is the leading institution devoted to public exhibitions and outreach programs about modern contemporary architecture in Switzerland. It is a platform anchored in entire Switzerland, whose audience and influence are also international. S AM focuses on present and future issues concerning the field of architecture and related disciplines. Through coherent presentations, documentation and reflexion about architecture and its social relevance, the main goal of S AM is to support architecture as a leading topic of professional and public concern. In achieving this aim, the museum represents an independent position within the broad spectrum of Swiss building culture on the one hand and maintains an outlook exploring global changes and developments on the other hand. S AM’s aims also include establishing a broad and critical discussion about future design tasks, challenges and values in the cultural context of architecture at the beginning of the 21st century. The exhibitions are intended for both a professional as well as a broad public interested in architecture.

Opening hours during Art Basel 2019: June 10 – 16, 10am – 8pm; except June 12, 10am – 10pm

Contacts & Details
tue, wed, fri 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; thu 11:00 am – 8:30 pm; sat, sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


T: +41 61 261 1413
W: S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

Steinenberg 7

Past Exhibitions
Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: Concept and Notation
The exhibition is an adaptation of the first great European retrospective on this influential theorist...
09 May 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
Spatial position: the sound of Architecture
On the occasion of the new music festival ZeitRäume, S AM presents an exhibition dedicated to the sound...
05 Sep 2015 - 10 Oct 2015
Constructing Film: Swiss Architecture in the movie image
The exhibition “Constructing film” will go down a new path and for the first time, aside...
31 Oct 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978
The SAM presents “This Was Tomorrow” an exhibition by the Drawing Matter collection about...
13 Mar 2016 - 08 May 2016
André M. Studer. On The Measure Of Things
André M. Studer adopted a special position of significance in post-war Swiss architecture. His expressive...
20 May 2016 - 25 Sep 2016
Schweizweit: Recent Swiss Architecture
In 1992 the artist Ben Vautier made a provocative statement with the inscription “La Suisse n’existe...
18 Nov 2016 - 07 May 2017
Imagine La Suisse
In autumn 2016, S AM closes its doors for conversion work. However, instead of just being closed during...
01 Nov 2016 - 17 Nov 2016
in Land aus Land
There’s barely a country in which architect’s order books are fuller than in Switzerland. Nevertheless,...
01 Jul 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
Forum Basel
As cities grow and societies become increasingly heterogeneous, communal urban spaces become indispensable....
20 May 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Bengal Stream. The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh
The exhibition ‘Bengal Stream’ brings together over 60 projects by established and emerging architects...
02 Dec 2017 - 24 Jun 2018
Swim City
S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents the exhibition Swim City, which draws attention to a particular...
25 May 2019 - 29 Sep 2019