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Society of Friends

Trip to Dusseldorf, 2022, Photo: changeamble
Museum Küppersmühle Duisburg by Herzog & de Meuron, Photo: changeamble
Daytrip to Altdorf, 2022, Photo: changeamble
Atelier visit at Christian Helmle in Thun, 2022, Photo: changeamble
Atelier visit at Giacomo Santiago Rogado, 2023, Photo: changeamble
Atelier visit at Giacomo Santiago Rogado, 2023, Photo: changeamble
Daytrip to Weil am Rhein, 2023, Photo: changeamble
Daytrip to the Glasmanufaktur Niesenglass, 2024, Photo: changeamble
Daytrip to the Glasmanufaktur Niesenglass, 2024, Photo: changeamble
Atelier visit at Peter Wüthrich, 2024, Photo: changeamble
Atelier visit at Peter Wüthrich, 2024, Photo: changeamble
Atelier visit at Peter Wüthrich, 2024, Photo: changeamble
Atelier visit at Philipp Schaerer in Steffisburg, 2024. Photo: changeamble
Purchase 2024, unveiling. Photo: changeamble

The Förderverein  (Society of Friends) supports the Kunstmuseum Thun and the Thun-Panorama on all matters: by purchasing important works for the collection, with contributions for ambitious publications and exhibitions. The Förderverin is a lively society that organises guided tours, art trips or encounters with artists so as to facilitate a more intensive engagement with art for its members.

Current film about the Förderverein in arttv.ch

The Förderverein was founded in 1959 under the name „Vereinigung der Freunde der Kunstsammlung Thun„ with the aim of supporting the museum’s collecting activities. As a result, a number of major works could be acquired. The works acquired by the Förderverein are entrusted to the museum on permannt loan and thus made accessible to the general public. The Förderverein works closely with the museum director. It also helps to make the Kunstmuseum Thun additionally attractive by its special contributions towards extraordinary exhibitions or publications. Thus the Förderverein plays an important role in securing a prominent position for the Kunstmuseum Thun and its Collection in the Swiss museum landscape.

A Membership enables participation in the art trip to the south of France next autumn. In addition to an attractive art programme, this trip offers an insight into the art work of Thun artist Theo Gerber, who had his studio in a monastery garden in La Tour d’Aigues. You can find all the information about the programme on the registration form:

Registration art trip to the South of France


Attractive offer with exclusive events

Numerous discounts: free entry to the Thun Art Museum and the Thun Panorama in the Schadaupark as well as in museums in other cities: Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur; Center d`Art contemporain, Genève; Center d`Art Neuchâtel; Kunsthalle Bern; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthaus Baselland; Center Pasquart, Biel; Kunsthalle Fri-Art, Friborg; Kunsthaus Langenthal; Kunsthalle St. Gallen; Kunsthaus Glarus; Lucerne Art Museum; Shedhalle Zurich; Kunsthalle Zurich

Free guided tours and work discussions in the exhibitions

Discounts on publications in the art museum

Special price on the subscription to the art bulletin

Invitations to all museum activities (vernissages, guided tours, museum educational workshops, concerts, etc.)

Studio visits to well-known artists

Interesting excursions to art sites or outstanding exhibitions

Members receive special invitations to the individual events

Annual fee

Individual member, CHF 70.–
Couple, CHF 95.–
other family members, students and apprentices, CHF 10.–
Artists, CHF 40.–
Patrons, from CHF 120.–
Company, from CHF 300.–
Patrons plus, from CHF 500.-
Companies plus, from CHF 1’000.-

Executive committee

Hans Jürg Schönthal (president), Ewald Rüfli (vice-president), Myriam Loepfe, Markus Däppen, Christian Urban Schilling (cashier).


Förderverein Kunstmuseum Thun
c/o Kunstmuseum Thun
Hofstettenstrasse 14
3602 Thun
T +41 (0)33 225 84 19

Bylaws of the Society of Friends:

Bylaws (german) [PDF / 47.1 KB]