Henry-Dunant Museum Heiden

What is the life of one man worth?

What is the life of one man worth in the face of war? Who helps victims – and what happens when children step on landmines? A modern designed exhibition increases peoples’ awareness and, in impressive manner, provides information on the historical background of the Red Cross.

The life of Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant was born on 8 May 1828 in Geneva. He was the oldest son of rich parents and led a carefree youth. Thanks to his mother's charitable work, however, he was introduced to the lower social classes of the city of Geneva at an early age. These encounters fostered the social commitment Henry Dunant was to demonstrate for the entirety of his life.

Henry Dunant spent most of his working life in North Africa, where he first worked for a company before trying his luck as an entrepreneur. It was the fight to save his company that took him to Solferino, Italy, in 1859, where he experienced at first hand the misery and suffering the wounded soldiers there were subjected to and described this in his book "Un souvenir de Solférino" (A Memory of Solferino). This book laid the foundations for the creation of the Red Cross in 1864.

Then, after years of fame and fortune, Dunant had to endure twenty years of poverty, loneliness and ill health. Through friends from Stuttgart he came to the Appenzell region, where he spent the last 23 years of his life, primarily in Heiden. He died on 30 October 1910.

Attractions and Comments

  • Open
    April – October:
    Wed – Fri 1 – 5 p.m.
    Sat/Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    November – March:
    Wed 2 – 7 p.m.
    Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Permanent exhibition on the life and works of Henry Dunant
  • Guided tours first Sunday of each month at 10.30
  • Tempting gastronomy above Lake Constance, in Heiden, canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden

Additional information

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Route open all year


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Bicycle transport

No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed


Discover the Appenzeller Vorderland region on foot

Appenzeller Jokepath

Contact details


PostBus Ltd
St. Leonhard-Strasse 20
9000 St. Gallen