Landesmuseum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 museum showcases the history of Switzerland from its early beginnings until the present day in permanent exhibitions. Every year, there are also several temporary exhibitions and an impressive fringe programme, offering everything from debates to workshops.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • MumbaiRiders
    Mumbai, India1,677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Landesmuseum
    Swiss National museum or Landesmuseum(German) in Zurich was built in 1898 and situated next to Hauptbanhofin ( Railway Station) and holds a unique collection on the cultural history and the craftsmanship and artworks of Switzerland from its beginnings up to the present day. The Collection comprises of more than 870,000 objects and is divided into 14 collection groups. A knowledge of German language is mandatory to understand the exhibits in the museum.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Akshaya S
    Noida, India432 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit to understand history for Switzerland
    If you are interested in knowing about the history of places/cities/countries which you visit, this is a must have for understanding history for Switzerland. The museum has some permanent exhibits and some ongoing exhibitions all the time. The interactivity part of the museum makes it more interesting to go through and would keep you engaged. During my visit there, a interesting exhibition about 175 years of constitution was going on along with other exhibitions. It was very informative.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Phillip
    Texas2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Landesmuseum Zurich
    I personally had a blast here with my family. It had multiple languages in every exhibit and was thorough and interesting. One could speed through it if they really wanted to or enjoy a few hours here depending on what they are looking for. Great Location right next to the train station. Pretty park in the back for a lovely walk before the Museum opens.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • DarylJ552
    Carlsbad, California3,262 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    INTERESTING SWISS HISTORY MUSEUM IN ZURICH
    We walked to the Landesmuseum from our hotel and paid 10 Swiss Francs each to get in. The museum has several floors of exhibits and we spent most of our 2 hours in the Swiss history section. The exhibits were very interesting and we went to the museum cafe and had a beer and ginger ale before leaving.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Museum
    This is a beautiful museum located across the street from the Zurich HB station. It is truly a beautiful design. I was curious as to what building was across the street and checked one day while visiting the train station. I was pleasantly surprised and spent about an hour exploring it and the grounds. Truly enjoyed it.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 August 2023
  • JohnUK
    London, United Kingdom1,032 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really well presented.
    Fantastic Museum with lots to see. We especially enjoyed the period rooms with their panelled walls and painted ceilings. The new Archaeological section was very well displayed. The History of Switzerland gallery was very good but somehow we managed to view it in reverse chronological order! The staff were very helpful. All the exhibits had English captions.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Alby
    238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best museums in Zurich
    One of the best museums we went to while we are in Zurich. The exhibitions are perfectly displayed and it was very nice to learn more about the history of Switzerland, both the past and present. I also loved how they explained their history in both a neutral and unbiased view, very realistic (as Switzerland is). I definitely recommend to visit it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very spacious museum with a nice bistro
    The nicest exhibits are probably the authentic historical rooms which have been transplanted into the museum. Also some of the pieces pertaining to Swiss history are nice (and very attractively displayed). You have to like the brutalistic concrete extension of the museum, but well done in its kind. The admission is not high at CHF 10 and the associated bistro is very pleasant.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 December 2023
  • AngusMilly
    125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding museum - Swiss history, evolution of languages, archaeology…
    This museum is exceptionally well curated and not to be missed. Go to the “history” area first for a full story of Switzerland, with a whole room dedicated to each century (from medieval times until today) and multiple historic displays complete with stories about those people and times. After that there is some more historical stuff (religious artefacts, paintings, scientific instruments, the oldest globe known in Switzerland…) followed by an archaeological exhibition and a modern audio-guided area explaining the evolution of the 4 language used in Switzerland today. We didn’t have time to go to all the exhibitions or do anything but the historical area in detail, but it was well worth the time spent. I think those people who complain about there being no stories have missed the historical part… the historical exhibition is excellent with multiple stories and exhibits expertly guiding you through the history or Switzerland.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2024
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Paul S
Berkshire9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This museum goes on and on and on..........but not in a boring way! Very engaging presentation such as 'virtual history books' and fashion exhibitions. Everything you need to know about Switzerland is here even if there isn't much about cuckoo clocks, unless I missed that section! You do really need a couple of hours to do it justice, not the 45 minutes we were there
Written 29 February 2024
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Darren C
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is a great museum with lots of history of Switzerland, which we all found interesting.

It is in a great location close to the station and Bahnhofstrasse
Written 6 January 2024
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AngusMilly
125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This museum is exceptionally well curated and not to be missed. Go to the “history” area first for a full story of Switzerland, with a whole room dedicated to each century (from medieval times until today) and multiple historic displays complete with stories about those people and times. After that there is some more historical stuff (religious artefacts, paintings, scientific instruments, the oldest globe known in Switzerland…) followed by an archaeological exhibition and a modern audio-guided area explaining the evolution of the 4 language used in Switzerland today. We didn’t have time to go to all the exhibitions or do anything but the historical area in detail, but it was well worth the time spent. I think those people who complain about there being no stories have missed the historical part… the historical exhibition is excellent with multiple stories and exhibits expertly guiding you through the history or Switzerland.
Written 4 January 2024
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The nicest exhibits are probably the authentic historical rooms which have been transplanted into the museum. Also some of the pieces pertaining to Swiss history are nice (and very attractively displayed). You have to like the brutalistic concrete extension of the museum, but well done in its kind. The admission is not high at CHF 10 and the associated bistro is very pleasant.
Written 12 December 2023
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Alby
238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
One of the best museums we went to while we are in Zurich. The exhibitions are perfectly displayed and it was very nice to learn more about the history of Switzerland, both the past and present. I also loved how they explained their history in both a neutral and unbiased view, very realistic (as Switzerland is). I definitely recommend to visit it.
Written 4 December 2023
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Phayao13
Stockholm, Sweden3,846 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Exciting building in itself and the cultural history in the older part was beautifully presented and held an exceptionally good standard.However, the exhibition in the architectural extension was difficult to show enthusiasm for.
Written 30 October 2023
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Surya Agarwal
Kolkata (Calcutta), India5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
A must visit! If you have swiss pass you dont need to pay separately for entry tickets. It is near the main train station of Zurich.
Written 25 October 2023
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Andrew E
Minneapolis, MN22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An important and educational visit. Multiple centuries of Swiss culture covered; I was especially interested in the 19th and 20th Century exhibits. Admission covered by our Swiss travel pass. Highly recommended.
Written 26 September 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,977 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I went here to learn about the history of Switzerland and learned virtually nothing. They don’t tell you the history but just put our an assortment of old artifacts. There was an extensive exhibit on the various languages of Switzerland. It was somewhat interesting but needed to be edited down.

Some people may like the various artifacts on display but if you want to learn about the history of Switzerland you’re in the wrong place.
Written 24 September 2023
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JohnUK
London, UK1,032 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Fantastic Museum with lots to see. We especially enjoyed the period rooms with their panelled walls and painted ceilings. The new Archaeological section was very well displayed. The History of Switzerland gallery was very good but somehow we managed to view it in reverse chronological order! The staff were very helpful. All the exhibits had English captions.
Written 24 September 2023
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