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Swiss National Museum

Museumstrasse 2, Zurich 8023, Switzerland
41 (0)44 218 65 11
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As featured in 3 days in Zurich and 1 other guide
Ranked #18 of 97 attractions in Zurich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Situated in an historic castle, this museum displays a collection of interesting artifacts from throughout Swiss history.
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Port Macquarie, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I visited this museum when I had a day to kill by myself. It cost 10 franks and I was in there for 3 hours. I spent my time wandering through different parts of the museum and learnt a variety of things about Swiss history across many time frames. I left after 3 hours because I was quiet tired and... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This museum as well as others is included in the price of a Zurich Card. The museum covers the history of the land and people that became Switzerland. Some of the 'writeups' are in English - for most you will need to use one of the printed cards for a more detailed description in English. This was a interesting museum... More

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114 reviews 114 reviews
34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Conveniently located next to the main railstation, this museum offers an exhaustive in-depth dive into Switzerland, the Swiss people, Swiss history and Swiss culture. I was surprised and impressed by the unusually frank discussion of some of the warts in Swiss history. Unless you are prepared to spend days here, I recommend a quick top to bottom walk through the... More

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Stamford UK
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82 reviews 82 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of very enjoyable hours finding out a lot that we did not know about Switzerland and how it came to be what it is. Fascinating history lesson in a very well presented setting. The museum is well equipped, although it was sometimes difficult to find the English translations. As we worked our way into the depths... More

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Shavano Park, Texas, USA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Really, say 3 to 4 hours for three-days in a row would have been so perfect! I only had 3 to 4 hours on one-day to visit the Swiss National Museum. Switzerland in as such a rich history. Really since Zurich was one of the crossroads in the Alps the history of Switzerland is the history of the countries of... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went here on our last day just to spent some time before leaving Zurich and it was great, we spent there much much more time then we've expected, because it's a great museum!

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South Queensferry, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had bought the 24 hour pass for Zurich trams and this included many museums for free, at first we thought this was a church till we arrived at the door. Loads to do including taking the test to stay in Switzerland which we failed lol, excellent for families. Lovely variety of displays.

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Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Just across the road from the main railway station, this museum is a worthwhile experience.Such interesting and varied displays. Wander from room to room to see displays not seen in other museums. Wish we had more time here. Ask for a seniors tentrance fee if you qualify and save a few euros.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My 17 year old son and I spent a few hours in this wonderful museum. There were so many and varied exhibits (architecture, military, history, etc.) that we both left wishing we had more time. Many hands on exhibits for kids. Highly recommend.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The current two psecial exhibitions are well worth visiting on 1900-14 and Switzerland as reflected in its cinema. Howver, the cinema exhitibtion is only in Siwss langusages and may not be something for those who do not understand them.

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