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Museum of the Swiss Guard

Above Naters in the old artillery fortress, visitors can see the Swiss Guard Museum "Zentrum Garde" and immerse themselves in 500 years of history of the Swiss Guards. Even today, they provide security in the service of the Pope in Rome.

The exhibition in the rock  

The military fortress was built in 1939 - 1940 and has been modernised time and again to this day. At that time, its cannons protected the strategically important Simplon Pass as well as the Simplon railway tunnel.

Place for up to 200 men

The fortress, with all its facilities from the kitchen to the detention room, was like a small underground village that could accommodate a maximum of 200 men. Until 2002, the fortress was considered top secret. Today, the exhibition about the Swiss Guardsmen can be seen in the former ammunition chambers.

Second hall still stands in its original state

In the second hall, there are endless rows of concrete racks where the cannons used to be stored. Today, they contain personal items that guardsmen and their families gave to the Gardemuseum.


No Swiss municipality has provided more guardsmen over the centuries than the Valais village of Naters.

With the newly introduced guest card, admission to the Gardemuseum free.
Further information now available at or .
General Information
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Without guided tour:
Visits to the museums in the Simplon Fortress are possible every Saturday from June to October between 2 - 5 pm.
With guided tour:
Guided tours for groups of ten or more are available daily throughout the year on request.


Museum of the Swiss Guard
3904 Naters

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