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Museum Rietberg, Zurich

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Admire displays of Asian, African, American, and Oceanian art at Museum Rietberg, the only art museum of non-European cultures in the country. Housed in several historical buildings, the museum's core collection comes from a donation from Baron Eduard von der Heydt. Highlights from the Indian collection include the South Indian bronze of Shiva Nataraja, dating back to the Chola dynasty. The site also offers Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain sculpture and bronzes from the 3rd to 16th centuries, as well as paintings on paper, fabric, and palm leaf from the 12th to 19th centuries. The African collection showcases sculptures from the Dogon region in Mali and masks and figures from the Ivory Coast, as well as other areas. The China collection includes Ming dynasty pottery. You can take a public tour upon entry to the museum. Use public transportation to reach the site, as there are no public parking spaces nearby. Add Museum Rietberg and other attractions to your Zurich trip itinerary using our Zurich travel itinerary maker.
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  • A little bit out of town, but you can get a tram & walk up the hill through nice gardens. Collection is spread out a bit but very interesting. The green glass entrance is lovely. May have some expensi...  more »
  • I put a gold leaf in the left corner, on the concrete wall covered with Gold. I saw the Carl Jung exhibition some time ago. They are changing all the time.  more »
  • The Reitberg Museum is lovely, set in a park on top of a hill. Right now, there is a wonderful exhibit entitled Osiris: Egypt's Sunken Mysteries, which will be there until July 16. It tells the story ...  more »
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  • Staff was very friendly and helpful and the audio tour was definitely interesting. Check out the visible storage off in the corner; incredible amount of smaller pieces of art that were fascinating to see.
  • They nailed it again with the special exhibition Osiris. The museum is worth a visit anyway, I'd say it's a must-see in Zurich. But the Egyptian statues are simply amazing and a rare view in Switzerland. It took exactly three hours to visit it. Restaurant is ok for a drink, food solala.
  • One of the best places in the city. Very interesting museum, beautiful park, interesting facilities and a nice bar/restaurant.
  • A hidden gem among Zürich's museums, the Rietberg houses an enormous Asian collection. Also nice for a stroll or picnic in the park.
  • One of the best museums in Zurich. The only one I know of where you can find Asian pieces.

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