Swiss National Museum, Zurich

4.0
#2 of 41 in Museums in Zurich
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.
Create an itinerary including Swiss National Museum
map
Places to stay near Swiss National Museum
Swiss National Museum Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
979 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • Architecture old and successful new objects and interesting scenography; However an impression of staging a little 'collection of insects' (little hierarchy); very trendy in the new museums type Lens, Mucen, etc... Selections of splendid historical galleries of the Helvetic confederation very didactic and historical objects. A good time
    View original
  • Attracted by the beautiful facade and the impressive buildings we visited the inscrutable exhibition - too bad about the money! Confusing, no comprehensible timing, hardly new, horrible extension in sight - tasteless, no common thread, a tour of the exhibition leads! Too bad - you can save! Compared to E.g. Vienna museums, amateurish and poorly presented.
    View original
  • We visited here at the beginning of December and attended Iluminations. Great atmosphere, fantastic lights, great music and good food and drinks. Just beautiful to see,  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Zurich

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Swiss National Museum by other users

6 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, relaxing, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES June, culture, relaxing, romantic, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 13 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Paris & Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Switzerland, United Kingdom & Paris BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Canton of Zurich BY A USER FROM IRAN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 28 days in Middle East & Europe BY A USER FROM LEBANON June, culture, romantic, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, romantic, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans