Visual impressions of the Forum of Swiss History
Forum of Swiss History, Schwyz

Guided tours for groups

Workshop: Abacus – Calculating in the Middle Ages

Do you know how people in Europe did calculations before the introduction of the Hindu-Arabic numerals and the decimal system? The workshop shows how moneychangers, accountants, and merchants did their calculations using lines and counters on a counting table, a so-called abacus. With the help of practical exercises the participants learn how to add and subtract figures like a medieval merchant.


  2 weeks in advance


  Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  45 minutes, alternative offers upon request


   English, German, Italian, and French


  CHF 120 for the workshop, plus reduced a admission fee of CHF 8 per person


Swiss National Museum.
Forum Schweizer Geschichte Schwyz.
Hofmatt | Zeughausstrasse 5
6430 Schwyz

Tel. +41 (0)41 819 60 11
Fax +41 (0)41 819 60 10
Opening hours
Tue - Sun 10 am – 5 pm

Swiss National Holiday, 1 August 2013, open
Assumption Day, 15 August 2013, open
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