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Swiss National Museum

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Address: Museumstrasse 2, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Phone Number:
+41 44 218 65 11
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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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Situated in an historic castle, this museum displays a collection of...

Situated in an historic castle, this museum displays a collection of interesting artifacts from throughout Swiss history.

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A window to swiss

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting Russian 1917 revolution exhibition on currrently, lots about Lenin in Switzerland. Costume section well presented. Lots of walking between areas as a new section is being built. Lovely building with lockers for your bags/coats. The weather section was a bit basic and dull, archeology well presented, history of the Swiss section is a bit sparse! Good shop.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A number of museums rightly or wrongly can be a real case of information overload. This is a concise and very informative museum on the history of Switzerland. The exhibition on Lenin and Switzerland was very good and answered a lot of questions. Consistent with the theme of an authoritarian regime, the museum does not let you take photos.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tough to get into the flow of the museum as the rooms doubled back on each other, the history was disjointed and it just didn't match up to any other "National" museum we've visited. The special exhibition of religious artifacts and tapestry's; however, was well done and worth the price of admission alone.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed it but did not think you should spend a whole afternoon there. For that matter, only go if you have already got the Zurich card to cover your museum admission.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved how interactive this place was. British museums have a lot to live up to! Great building, friendly staff and very interesting to look around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is very interesting and interactive. I was spending a few days in Switzerland to sightsee and realized I should probably actually learn a bit about the country's historu! Really nice exhibits and would be good for families. I especially loved the big interactive map of Switzerland. This museum is right by the Hauptbahnhof so it's convenient to check... More 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really recomment a visit to this fantastic museum located just opposite the mail railway station in the heart of Zurich. As an history lover I really enjoyed the very interesting exhibtion "The Revolution of 1917. Russia and Switzerland." (ends June 25th). I did not know that Lenin was living in exile in Zurich with his family for a whole... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent museum of Swiss history. Well designed and laid out with strong and interesting English descriptions. Feels very much like a Smithsonian. Was particularly struck by how accessible and fun it would be for children to interact with and learn from – while still being very much a museum for all ages. In this tumultuous and upsetting time of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the small cafe in the museum as well! The halls were clean and informative! Definitely worth the stop!

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