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Museum of Design (Museum fur Gestaltung – Schaudepot)

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Address: Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zurich 8005, Switzerland
Phone Number: 43 446 67 67
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: This museum focuses on graphic design, technology, photography and the...
This museum focuses on graphic design, technology, photography and the great history of poster design. It's affiliated with Zürich University for the Arts, and has a specialist library open to the public.
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Get Outside of Old Town to Go To New Town

Located in the Toni-Areal, largely industrial, area of Zurich, which is somewhat outside the Old Town area, and attached to the Design University, this ultra-modern museum (I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Located in the Toni-Areal, largely industrial, area of Zurich, which is somewhat outside the Old Town area, and attached to the Design University, this ultra-modern museum (I understand that it used to be somewhere else, but rest assured, it's here now) features a number of permanent exhibits simultaneously, sometimes on graphics, sometimes on photography, sometimes on architecture. So far as... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A Bauhaus construction, this is a nice building (as the nearby post office Limmatplatz). However, the museum is now closed for a long-term rennovation and all collections are moved to the new location further out of town to the Toni-Areal.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This wonderful museum has changed its venue - it was relocated to the new Toni Areal magnificent project. This place was once a dairy factory and now it hosts the entire art faculty of the Zurich univ. The design museum occupies the lower floor. The space is great. I visited the place on a Sunday so most of the building... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Positive: - quality material for exhibitions - affordable entry fee - interesting location Negative: - lack of knowledge from front desk (unable to speak anything else than German) - lack of creativity... One would expect a more creative way of presenting 100 years of design than simply just piling up on a stage design objects from the same decade Generally... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

If - and only if - you are serious about design (and I pretty much am) is this museum worth spending an hour or 2, at least in its temporary incarnation in the building of the design school showcasing "100 Years of Swiss Design". Problem is, there really was very little in the way of specifically Swiss contributions to design.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This was my first time visiting this museum in it's temporary "New" location in Zurich-West, while the Ausstellungsstrasse location is being remodeled. Located in the Toni-Areal building, an arts education center, the museums latest exhibition is "100 Years of Swiss Design", a follow up to it's "100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design". The opening exhibition for this new location features... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

The Museum fur Gestaltung is now part of a complex. Firstly, we absolutely loved the building itself with its fresh way-finding signage, sweet cafe and open strip-backed design. The 'museum' was realistically an exhibition in a small (but brilliant) space - we came specifically to see this ('100 Years of Swiss Design'). Highly recommended - loved it (both the layout... More 

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Plan to spend about an hour or so at this exhibit. Swiss design is celebrated here. Everything from appliances to furniture to clocks and ski lifts. I was surprised to learn just how many things were designed by the Swiss. Museum is a few tram stops from the Viadukt shopping area and Markthalle --- a good way to round out... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This museum has been moved to the newly renovated / rebuilt building of Zurich University of the Arts / ZHdK (This place used to belong to Toni Dairy, Swiss Dairy Food today, which is probably the biggest dairy company in Europe). Today this area, so called ZüriWest, became a centre of culture and high-technology (technopark). Also some major hotel chains... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The museum has moved from where it is on the maps. It is now at Toni-Areal in Zurich West, a few tram stops from the old location. The permanent exhibition is extremely interesting.

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