Monday, November 14, 2022

Banks in Transition : From Counters to Apps

Last summer the Swiss Finance Museum opened its new exhibition Banks in Transition : From Counters to Apps

This special production shows the evolution of Swiss banks and their relationship with private clients. A selection of authentic historical securities showcase Swiss banks, as well as global tech companies that are driving digitization in the financial sector.   

In several parts the exhibition present the roots of Swiss banking, the emergence of the Swiss financial centre, the Internet, and the advent of the smartphone and its huge impact on today's digital payment culture. The latter part features interactive tools and displays.

The exhibition shows several antique share certificates from companies like the Banque Générale Suisse de Crédit International Mobilier et Foncier, Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild SA Genève, Apple Computer, etc.

 This eBay Inc. stock certificate is part of the new exhibit. A success story of the dot-com bubble in the 1990s, e-commerce and online auction site eBay offered online money transfers through its previously wholly owned subsidiary Paypal. 

The Swiss Finance Museum is located at the headquarters of SIX in Zurich. In its Permanent Exhibition the museum explains the origins of the economic system and the role of the stock market. This unique museum is home to a collection of 10,000 historic securities from more than 150 countries. 

Key historical pieces, combined with interactive videos and animations, historical film recordings and interviews, tell the story of the development of our modern financial economy. Since this summer, the permanent exhibition features a new highlight: a share in the French East India Company from 1665.

More info about the museum can be found here .


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