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Landesmuseum Zürich

Alps and army, banks and farmers, Heidi and Helvetii, cheese and cantons, edelweiss and confederates – Why is Switzerland like it is? The largest cultural-historical collection of Switzerland in the National Museum Zurich provides answers.
The National Museum enjoys a central position just a minute’s walk from the main railway station in Zurich. The museum is one of the attractions of this city on the River Limmat. Gustav Gull’s listed building from the 19th century has been extended with the addition of a new building designed by architects Christ & Gantenbein and completed in summer 2016.
The National Museum Zurich showcases the history of Switzerland from its early beginnings until the present day in the permanent exhibitions. Every year, there are also several temporary exhibitions and an impressive fringe programme, offering everything from debates to workshops.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Opening 1898

The National Museum Zurich: a combination of old and new.
The National Museum Zurich: a combination of old and new.

Current exhibitions

Ideas of Switzerland

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What binds a community together? Initially one might assume it is to do with having the same language, external enemies or economic interests. However, something generally precedes all that: common ideas that are passed down from generation to generation and that shape the development of the community. These ideas lend a distinctiveness to the collective and eventually form the foundation of a national identity.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Ideas of Switzerland

Archaeology in Switzerland

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Lake dwellers, Celts, Romans, Alamanni: the names are familiar to us all. Now, a new exhibition entitled ’Archaeology in Switzerland’ allows visitors to view these people’s archaeological remains and contemplate their accomplishments and value systems. The approximately 1,400 items on display take visitors on a journey through the most important stages in human history. The exhibition also explores the domestication of animals and plants in the area of present-day Switzerland.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Archaeology in Switzerland

Simply Zurich

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The City and Canton of Zurich have a long and chequered history. This will be showcased in a permanent exhibition at the National Museum. From the model of a pile dwelling hut to the muesli grater and the flag of a youth movement, the show puts Zurich's rich past in the spotlight and brings an added dimension to the numerous historical objects with cinematic installations and state-of-the-art technology giving visitors a multimedia experience.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Simply Zurich

History of Switzerland

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The new, 1,000-m2 Swiss history exhibition depicts how Switzerland came to be over a period of 550 years. The tour through the centuries begins in the late Middle Ages and ends with the challenges facing democratic institutions in the present. The exhibition illustrates the journey from a confederation of states to a federal state as a struggle for identity. In addition, it crosses a time boundary that is often considered taboo for historical museums: It dares to examine contemporary history.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/I/E
History of Switzerland

Collection in the West Wing

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The exhibition showcases more than 7,000 exhibits from the Museum’s own collection, highlighting Swiss artistry and craftsmanship over a period of about 1,000 years. The exhibition spaces themselves are important witnesses to contemporary history, and tie in with the objects displayed to create a historically dense atmosphere that allows visitors to immerse themselves deeply in the past.


The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Collection in the West Wing
  • History
    History
  • Thematic cultural asset
    Thematic cultural asset

Location of the museum

Museumstrasse 2
8001 Zürich

Location/directions

Museumstrasse 2, neben dem Hauptbahnhof Zürich (Hinweisschilder beachten)

Open

Di-So 10-17; Do 10-19
Führungen nach Vereinbarung:
T. 044 218 66 00, reservationen@nationalmuseum.ch

Admission

Erwachsene: CHF 10.-
Reduziert: CHF 8.-
Kinder und Jugendliche (bis 16 Jahre): Eintritt frei

Contact

Landesmuseum Zürich
Museumstrasse 2 Postfach 2
8021 Zürich
044 218 65 11 Telephone (Museum)
044 218 65 09 Fax (Museum)
info@nationalmuseum.ch
http://www.landesmuseum.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
    Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Extremely children and family-friendly
    Extremely children and family-friendly
  • Partially wheelchair accessible
    Partially wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport