The armoury (Zeughaus) in Lucerne dates from 1569. The 450-year-old building has been through many fateful incidents ever since. The exhibition follows this history from its beginnings as a military complex to the most recent times as a museum. The show presents the eventful past of the history of Canton (Ort) Lucerne and the emergence of Switzerland as a confederation of (independent) cantons and local events. Objects, witness accounts and documents tell of important turning points and episodes, the visit of Napoleon and his Helvetic government, a tsunami in the river Reuss and the history of Lucerne.