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Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich

The Ethnographic Museum of Zurich University is situated in one of the most amazing spots of downtown Zurich, the Old Botanical Garden, the so called Cat's Park amid the moats of the old fortification. Here you may discover what amazing social, technical and philosophical achievements the different cultures of this world are capable of. Changing exhibitions, manifold events, mysterious archives and a public library give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/E
Opening 1889

Lamidi Ayankunle und Familie, Nigeria. Foto Debra Klaine
Lamidi Ayankunle und Familie, Nigeria. Foto Debra Klaine
Meisterin Yang Jianqin. Foto: Franca Wohlt, 2018
Meisterin Yang Jianqin. Foto: Franca Wohlt, 2018
Der Drachenofen der Familie Zeng. Foto: Franca Wohlt, 2018
Der Drachenofen der Familie Zeng. Foto: Franca Wohlt, 2018

Current exhibitions

Talking with drums. West African percussion skills in global conversations

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West African rhythms result from the interplay of cognitive and corporeal knowledge that master drummers embody and refine over the course of a life time. At social events drummers are the masters of ceremony. Through their creative engagement with musical influences from other parts of the world West African musicians have shaped global musical history. Blues and jazz, rock, reggae or hip-hop are founded on musical principles from West Africa.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
Talking with drums. West African percussion skills in global conversations

Celadon in focus. Jade-like porcelains and their masters in Longquan, PR of China 莹润之色——中国龙泉青瓷及大师艺术展

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Ever since at least the ninth century, the Chinese province of Zhejiang has been known for its fine celadon porcelain, with its wonderful shimmering surfaces in qing, magnificent shades of green. Changes to the market economy in the 1990s forced porcelain artisans to reorient their work and, since then, they have been able to successfully align themselves, similar to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage system, as Living State Treasures and masters, due to their unparalleled celadon glazes.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
Celadon in focus. Jade-like porcelains and their masters in Longquan, PR of China 莹润之色——中国龙泉青瓷及大师艺术展
  • Folklore and ethnology
    Folklore and ethnology

Location of the museum

Pelikanstrasse 40
8001 Zürich

Location/directions

Pelikanstrasse 40, im Park «zur Katz» (alter Botanischer Garten)

Open

Di/Mi/Fr 10-17; Do 10-19; Sa 14-17; So 11-17

Admission

Eintritt frei

Contact

Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich
Pelikanstrasse 40
8001 Zürich
044 634 90 11 Telephone
musethno@vmz.uzh.ch
http://www.musethno.uzh.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.
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport