Once TOP SECRET - today a unique museumThe unique museum "Sasso San Gottardo" is located in the huge caverns of the former Gotthard fortress deep inside the mountain. The fortress on the Gotthard Pass was one of the largest underground defence installations in Switzerland and was still operated as a top-secret military facility until 2001.
The museum is located in the Verzasca Valley, in an old house that overlooks the village square of Sonogno. Since 1974, the museum houses a collection comprising about a thousand objects that reflect the everyday life of the past of the valley.
An Alpine pass and its history – a museum at 2,100 metres above sea level.The National St Gotthard Museum tells the gripping story of humanity’s long, arduous struggle to open up and constantly improve the Gotthard Pass as a major trade and traffic route.
In 1966, thanks to the initiative and sensitivity of several promoters, aware of the risk that important testimonies documenting the valley’s past civilizations were disappearing, the Onsernone museum was founded. The main objective of the museum was and is until this day to preserve and emphasize the historical, ethnographic and cultural heritage of this region.
The craftswomen who work in this centre in Sonogno process wool as shorn from the sheep, carding, spinning and dyeing it and then making it into typical rural articles, such as pullovers, cardigans and scarves.