The Museum Association of the Vieux Pays-d’Enhaut was created in 1922 with the aim of preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the valley. Over the years, the museum has amassed a collection of rustic objects, tools, furniture, and paintings that testify to the daily life of the region. However, with the advent of tourism in the 1900s, valley residents began selling these treasures to Swiss and foreign collectors, thus threatening the preservation of their heritage. To counter this trend, a small group of visionaries created the Association to preserve these objects for future generations.
Over the years, the Pays-d’Enhaut Museum has experienced continuous development thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and generous donors. In 2022, the Pays-d’Enhaut Museum expanded its offerings by becoming the Swiss Center for Paper Cutting. This new center offers permanent and temporary exhibitions, training, lectures, and special events to celebrate the art of paper cutting in Switzerland.
The building that houses the Pays-d’Enhaut Museum and the Swiss Center for Paper Cutting was renovated in 2021 to offer a larger and more modern space for visitors. The two entities each have their own exhibition space but also share common areas to offer a complete cultural experience to visitors.
Today, the Pays-d’Enhaut Museum and the Swiss Center for Paper Cutting welcome visitors from around the world to explore the history and culture of the valley and to celebrate the art of paper cutting in Switzerland.