Swiss National Museum

Zürich, Switzerland

The Swiss National Museum is one of the most important art museums of cultural history in Europe. The museum building of 1898 in the historicist style was built by Gustav Gull in the form of the French Renaissance city chateaus. The impressive architecture with dozens of towers, courts and his astonishing park on a peninsula between the rivers Sihl and Limmat has become one of the main sights of the Old City District of Zurich.

The exhibition tour takes the visitor from prehistory through ancient times and the Middle Ages to the 20th century (classic modern art and art of the 16th, 17th and 18th century is settled mainly in the Kunsthaus Museum in a different part of the city of Zurich). There is a very rich section with gothic art, chivalry and a comprehensive collection of liturgical wooden sculptures, panel paintings and carved altars. Zunfthaus zur Meisen near Fraumünster church houses the porcelain and faience collection of the Swiss National Museum. There are also: a Collections Gallery, a place where there are Swiss furnishings being exhibited, an Armoury Tower, a diorama of the Battle of Murten, and a Coin Cabinet showing 14th, 15th, 16th century Swiss coins and even some coins from the Middle Ages.

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Founded: 1898
Category: Museums in Switzerland

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Austin Voecks (3 months ago)
Completely amazing. We learned so much, and it never felt like a chore moving on to the next section like it can in some museums. I thought the armor and weapons displays in particular were great - lots of variety and background information. Lots about the more modern history of Switzerland too, which I didn't expect.
Shailesh Kulkarni (6 months ago)
Good infrastructure...I like the digital book reading concept... Also the binocular used to show the map and war is really awesome... Old building is converted into modern structures but you cannot feel that while walking around. Indian history explained in very detailed even I was surprised that I even I didn't know some facts.
Jana Mares (6 months ago)
Good option to kill some time on s rainy day, but don't find it so interesting for our 4 year old , rather for older and grown ups
Nick & Claire Withers (7 months ago)
Excellent museum taking you step by step through Swiss history. Plenty to do for the kids too. Lovely shop.
Esadur (8 months ago)
Very good exhibitions. I loved the stone age and Celtic artefacts from Zurich itself, the clay figurines and gold treasures. I love how the objects are presented in the archaeological hall. You can get a good overview but also dive into details quickly. Another highlight are the original medieval weapons, pikes and halberds. They should definitively focus more on regional and Swiss history, not current "trendy" topics or stuff from other countries (that's not why I visit). I'd love to see more stuff from prehistory up to the middle ages from Zurich or Switzerland in general. With more detailed descriptions, models or videos.
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