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. Arrange to visit Swiss National Museum and other attractions in Zurich using our Zurich itinerary builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • August 12, 2017
    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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  • Excellent place to get lost in such abundance of knowledge. Good use of technology to showcase history & culture. Nice areas to keep kids engaged. But need atleast half a day to peacefully enjoy and sink in the knowledge. By far the best museum I've been to.
  • Nice building quite modern design from the back view. Big nice grassy park in the back along the river. People walking, jogging and sun bathing ...relaxing place for everyone .
  • Amazing museum. Second only to Deutsches museum in Munich. The layout is a bit confusing but the exhibits are detailed and seem painstakingly organised. Catch the Russian Revolution exhibit if you can.
  • Lots to see. Some areas very text heavy but others with interactive games and questions. Worth a visit.
  • Very nice but not well explained.. We ended up visiting only half of the Museum.

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