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Swiss National Museum, Zurich
(3.7/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange to visit Swiss National Museum and other attractions in Zurich using our Zurich itinerary builder.
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  • It is not a huge museum and it has limited exhibits, but it has a few nice things to see and get an idea of the Swiss history. It is not very expensive, only 10 CHF, so it can be a nice distraction at...  more »
  • I am in favor of always visit the national museums or historic of places visited. This costs 10 francs and honestly didn't think no big deal but still worth it to see the details and the cultural history of Switzerland.
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  • I had a weekend in Zurich by myself before flying back home, so I purchased the Zurich Tourist Card which allowed me 72 hours of free public transportation and entrance to more than 50 attractions. I ...  more »
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  • They just finished building the new part of the museum. Some love it, some hate it. Go and make your own opinion. It's anyway worth seeing it
  • Interesting place, there's not a lot to see but the ticket is also not that expensive. Also the bistro is pretty good.
  • Let me start by saying, this was a really great museum. It happened to be not terribly interesting to my husband or myself, BUT, that'd just a personal preference. It was well laid out and organized, clean, and interactive. We also got to learn a lot about Switzerland. Free with our Swiss Travel Pass, so a great experience overall!
  • I really enjoyed this museum. Especially at the end, you get to see a bit of satire about Switzerland and Swiss culture, which is refreshing.
  • Great walk through the exhibition and taking some pictures from the building outside.