Swiss National Museum, Zurich

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In a city filled with renowned galleries and museums, Swiss National Museum stands out with its collection of over a million artifacts, arranged in evocative exhibits designed to present the history and cultural heritage of Switzerland. Narrating the birth and the evolution of the Swiss nation, the museum takes visitors from prehistoric times to the present day. Housed inside one of the Old Town's landmark 19th-century buildings, the collection includes furnishings, household items, handicrafts, liturgical sculptures, panel paintings, and carved altars. Be sure to drop by the galleries displaying a collection of 9th-century art, medieval coins, and weapons and armor. By using our Zurich tour planner , you can arrange your visit to Swiss National Museum and other attractions in Zurich.
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  • A part of the exhibition works with Smartphones, tablets and augmented reality. This is very well implemented, the number of devices is quite passable, so you must wait too long to try something. When we visited the Museum, it was just a little bit messy due to renovation works, the plans, which we were given at the entrance, also did not agree with the actual construction of the exhibitions. 10 francs are a reasonable entry price for this Museum, we were able in card at all free Zurich with the!
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  • There is not a huge amount to see here - 4 or 5 exhibitions but it's still good for a couple of hours. This being Switzerland, there are large Ipads that contain games etc dotted around (I think they'...  more »
  • We've been to many museum like this one. They have a decent collection, especially of Christian items. I wouldn't recommend going right now because it was confusing to us and most of the people new to...  more »
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  • Great place to learn more about Zurich and Switzerland as a newcomer. The exhibition is very up to date compared to the dusty museum it was when I came through as a backpacker in the nineties. Suitable for kids. The gift shop is accessible without a ticket and a great place to get unique gifts.
  • When layout comes before content: I can only suggest this museum if you have seen all else in Zurich. It's been renovated last year and the looks are good. But there is nearly no guidance of what there is to see. And the reason for this becomes clear when you start the visit: there is not that much to see. Well, of course , there will be a politically correct special exhibit about a current topic. But where is our (Swiss) cultural past? Sorry for ranting, but this museum is a good example of Swiss, it wants to educate you by dictating how a museum should be: thus the exhibits are limited and politically correct. Personally, I want freedom to see as much as possible and not just what others consider worth their while. While in the Louvre or the British museum you can carry a bag, here you must deposit it if it is not really small. There isn't much to take away anyway...
  • The building itself has a beautiful and modern architechture. The exhibition and displays are of very high quality and are engaging. They have managed to incorporate modern technology like AR in a useful and fascinating way. Large wardrobe and an inspiring gift shop.
  • Almost endless. Incredible range of displays from religious pieces to large models of cities to spectacular ancient artifacts. The display for the artifacts was engaging and unique. A movable display screen slide over each display cabinet functioned as a display and a mouse. By moving the slide left to right and up and down the different artifacts in the display case could be selected. When selected more detailed information on that artifact was displayed. I'd never seen anything like it before and the only negative is that there weren't more of them. This museum is well thought out and, if you care about history, a must-see in Zurich.
  • Beautiful museum. Well moderated, interactive events. Wonderful lighting solutions. Fascinating use of technology to improve the interactive user experience. Clean. Good coffee.

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As the financial hub of the country, it shouldn't come as a surprise that staying in Zurich usually comes at a price. The city puts emphasis on its glamorous four- and five-star hotels and international chains that appeal to traveling professionals. There a handful of hostels and guesthouses for the budget-conscious traveler. When staying in Zurich, you'll find that the majority of the accommodation offerings are in close proximity to the city core, either on the left or right bank. The left bank is the glitzier of the two, with its grand restaurants, shops, and proximity to the banks and train station. The right side, as home to the Old Town, charms with its historical atmosphere. Here you'll find independently owned boutique hotels and some mid-range options. The city also sports several hotels geared toward wellness, with spas and saunas. These tend to be pricey too, but you're guaranteed a truly relaxing retreat.
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