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Swiss National Museum

Museumstrasse 2, Zurich 8023, Switzerland
41 (0)44 218 65 11
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Ranked #21 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Having read some of the earlier reviews, I now wonder if I went to the wrong place! I didn't find this museum interesting at all. We went on a quiet Thursday morning when it was not busy - nevertheless, most of the English explanation boards seemed to be out. I do know some German and French but still found it... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Excellent displays and enjoyable. We went through on our first day and found it much more extensive than what it appeared to be from the outside. Worth adding to your schedule

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The visit is totally worth it. The history section is a great introduction to Switzerland. I highly recommend it.

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Adelaide, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I wrote that I was disappointed in the Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich. My comments were in error as it was this museum that we were disappointed in due to the lack of English written information alongside the attractions. Whilst some of the exhibits were very interesting, we could not glean the history or importance of them due to the lack... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Much more interesting than I expected. We only went because it was on the Zurich Card, but we ended up spending hours there and still saw only a portion of it.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Very modern, well planned out and informative. Descriptions also in English. HUGE! Allow lots of time to enjoy & explore

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Jerusalem, Israel
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

UI have to say that this museum did not meet my expectations, both for relatively poor variety, lack of clear organization, and somewhat strange selection of presented topics. What's worth, I left without much better understanding of Swiss history, the reason I went there in the first place. Quite frankly, the video shown as the first station along the long... More

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West Vancouver, Canada
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58 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Maybe it was too late in the day. Maybe we were too rushed. Maybe it was the convoluted layout and lack of English explanations, but I just didn't like this museum. The exhibits were limited in my view and I just didn't get anything out of it. I'd rather have continued walking around and stopped for some cake and a... More

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27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We started our day in Zurich by first visiting the National Museum (across the street from the Central Train Station). Not only were we amazed by the sheer size of the place but the array and diversity of the exhibits and information. It literally has something for everyone, whether you are a history buff, fashion expert, military historian or ancient... More

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Berkeley, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This place is like the US Smithsonian ....everything from pre-historic times to the development of Switzerland as a modern nation. Well laid out. Give yourself a few hours and more than one visit. This is a "must see" in Zurich.

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