© Helvetas / Adrian Zwyssig

GLOBAL HAPPINESS: What do we need to be happy?

The exhibition by Helvetas continues at Naturama Aargau, Aarau until March 1, 2020. Starting March 21, 2020, you can visit the Global Happiness Exhibition at  Landesmuseum Lichtenstein
© Helvetas / Adrian Zwyssig

The exhibition by Helvetas goes in search of happiness – in Switzerland and across the world. This journey asks the question: what could "sustainable happiness" look like? Happiness that contributes to personal, societal and global well-being and does not harm the environment, other people or future generations? And what is it that makes the world, us, you and me, happy?

First exhibition venue: Naturama Aargau, Aarau, Feerstrasse 17, 5000 Aarau

When: from May 17, 2019 to 1 March 2020

Public preview: Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 7 pm

General museum opening times:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday 10 am - 7 pm
Closed Mondays

The exhibition is accompanied by extensive events (see program in German). You can find information about the public events on our events page; private groups can book tours on the Naturama website.

Second exhibition venue: Landesmuseum Lichtenstein, Städtle 43, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein

When:  March 21, 2020

Other upcoming venues for the Global Happiness exhibition

Venue: Quartier Libre at Pont de la Machine,  Genève

When: November 6, 2020 to March 21, 2021

Aquatis, Lausanne

When: April 9, 2021 to October 10, 2021

After being held in West Switzerland, the exbition will be move to Zurich, Bern and other cities in the German-speaking part of the country.

Stay tuned for more information!


Information for Teachers

Would you like to go on a trip with your school class and find out about global happiness? You can find information about guided tours, workshops and lesson materials here.


We are happy to answer questions from the media about the exhibition, and will do so promptly.

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Event Agenda

All our Global Happiness events at a glance.

"GLOBAL HAPPINESS: What do we need to be happy?" is the name of the new exhibition from Helvetas about a happy and sustainable world. It tackles the question of how people can all live a happy and contented life together on earth, and within the confines of the planet's resources.

Happiness is a big word. Some people prefer to talk about satisfaction, well-being, quality of life or the "good life". The pursuit of happiness is an old and universal yearning of humanity. Today, the issue has been brought up again in debates about a sustainable world and the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals: what could "sustainable happiness" look like? Happiness that contributes to personal, societal and global well-being and does not harm the environment, other people or future generations?

The GLOBAL HAPPINESS exhibition innovatively puts the idea of "sustainable happiness" centre stage.

Give a bit of happiness!

Your donation will give happiness to people throughout the world: through access to clean water or the opportunity to gain vocational skills development.
Make others happy today!

GLOBAL HAPPINESS is designed as a garden landscape. Visitors measure their happiness level, visit the home of a young minimalist, wander through a visionary district in Santiago de Chile and encounter gross national happiness in Bhutan. Additional emphasis is given to the positive changes taking place throughout the world and the specific courses of action of individuals. Each pavilion shines a light on possible aspects of "sustainable happiness" and shows how closely connected global happiness and sustainability are, since planet earth has limited resources.

Over the next few years, the "GLOBAL HAPPINESS: What do we need to be happy?" exhibition will be coming to numerous Swiss museums and to Liechtenstein. Whoever wishes to join the search can do so in the Naturama Aargau in Aarau from 17 May 2019 to 1 March 2020. Other locations for the exhibition will be announced on an ongoing basis.

Contact Person

Event Communication Manager & Volunteers
Marion Petrocchi
Project Manager Exhibitions & Curating
Nadja R. Buser