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Swiss National Museum

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Address: Museumstrasse 2, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Phone Number:
+41 58 466 65 64
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The National Museum enjoys a central position just a minute’s walk from the...

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 the permanent exhibitions “Archaeology in Switzerland”, “History of Switzerland” and “Collections Gallery”. Every year, there are also several temporary exhibitions and an impressive fringe programme,

offering everything from debates to workshops.

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We spent a couple of hours wandering around the museum. We were quite surprised by how modern the interior of the building is. From the outside we thought we were going into an... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good way to spend a cold and rainy afternoon in Zurich. CHF10 entrance fee. CHF1 coin required for lockers to hold your jacket etc whilst you're in the museum. Current exhibition regarding the Russian revolution was average but the archaeology section was pretty good. Good all-round history of Switzerland too. There were some Interactive exhibitions which were good. Can get... More 

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Mangalore, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is free with our Swiss travel pass It is very near to the Zurich HB very interesting if have time before catching trains it is recommended

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Casorezzo, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very large Museum hosted in the neo-Gothic castel close to the Central station. It will satisfy most - if not all - of your wish to know more about Switzerland in all elements - Geography, nature, culture, industries, history and...meteo. Consider a minimum of 3 hours for an indepth visit.

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"The Revolution of 1917: Russia and Switzerland" is an excellent and informative exhibition currently running at the Landesmuseum Zurich (Swiss National Museum). The exhibition revolves around the ties between Russia and Switzerland on the 100th anniversary of the revolution. It's a wonderful look into the politics and cultural developments of this time of upheaval. Many articles are on display, including... More 

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Marion, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Swiss National Museum is built to look like an old medieval building, but it was really built around 1890 - kind of disappointing. The exhibits were kind of lame, half of the museum was taken up by displays of typical Swiss furniture through each decade. Room after room was filled with couches and tables. It was extremely hot inside... More 

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LM Z, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Swiss National Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. In your review, you talk about our old exhibition "Swiss homes & furnishings". As the west wing is being renovated, this exhibition has not been on display since September 2016, so we are not quite sure when you visited our museum. In any case, the museum has opened a modern extension in August 2016 in... More 

Watertown, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here to see some of the archaeological finds from the area as well as get a sense of the history of Switzerland. We started with an exhibit of modern day Swiss history. The technology in place in this small area was truly outstanding. It's worth a visit to this museum just to see how innovative they are... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My company organized this visit...we had a guided tour. Even if the guide was trying her best to make things interesting it was like a sleeping pill. The tour took more than 1 hr and when it finished I was ready to go to bed. Zzzzzzzz

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours wandering around the museum. We were quite surprised by how modern the interior of the building is. From the outside we thought we were going into an old building. I enjoyed the display on the history of Switzerland. It is hard to believe that Switzerland was once a poor country and that most Swiss... More 

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jef-ind
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent about 90 minutes here (had a train to catch) after opening on Sunday morning. I was really impressed by the size, quality, and curation of the exhibition on the 1917 Russian Revolutions, with a special focus on connections to Swiss and Switzerland. This was an excellent presentation of the late Imperial and early Soviet eras, encompassing politics, geopolitics,... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Taking a short tour at S.N.M opens a window to swiss, from old days to nowadays.small museum but effective. Thanks to staff and managers for accompanying exhibition for the anniversary of Russian revolution .

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