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Museum of Design (Museum fur Gestaltung – Schaudepot)

Address: Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zurich 8005, Switzerland (Gewerbeschule)
Phone Number: 43 446 67 67
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Ranked #52 of 95 Attractions in Zurich
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum focuses on graphic design, technology, photography and the great history of poster...
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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Atlanta
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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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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I was hoping for a permanent exhibition of some sort in addition to the temporary works, but it seems that there's a couple of temporary exhibitions only and nothing else. I did enjoy these, especially the "Unterirdisch – Das Spektakel des Unsichtbaren" exhibition. The main reason I went was for "Weingart Typografie" which was underwhelming considering his work. In addition,... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Whenever I'm in Zürich, I always make it a point to visit the Museum of Design. Their current exhibition "Japanese Poster Artists: Cherry Blossom and Asceticism" is fantastic one. The museum has put together a selection of over 130 posters dating from the 1950's to present day. As you might expect from this museum, the work has been displayed in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We visited the Japanese Poster Artists exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed it. The posters were well laid out in themes and there was no-one else in the gallery so we had the time and space to have a leisurely stroll round the exhibits. The exhibition was good value for 7CHF. There is a great selection of postcards in the shop.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

There are alway very nice exhibitions at the Museum für Gestaltung. Visit the gift shop and buy some design tools or assecoires.

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