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Swiss National Museum

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Address: Museumstrasse 2, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41 (0)44 218 65 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Situated in an historic castle, this museum displays a collection of...

Situated in an historic castle, this museum displays a collection of interesting artifacts from throughout Swiss history.

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Good way tospend a few hours in Zurich

We visited this museum to fill in time on the day we were flying home and found it very absorbing and full of interesting displays from archaelogical finds to Swiss furnishings to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Ros E
Melbourne, Australia
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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

10 cf for the entire complex of buildings which house about 6 major exhibits. The newer exhibit on Europe during the Renissance is the highlight, but the armory and prehistoric Switzerland are not to be missed. Right next to the main train station.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to tour the museum since it was in a perfect spot--right beside the Main Train station --- and we were not disappointed! The displays were organized, and interesting. They had a beautiful costume display that dated back to the 1100's. They had a very interesting art gallery also. The exterior architecture was beautiful as well. Lovely way to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we went to see the "Renaissance in Europe" exhibit. Extremely well done, instructive and comprehensive. Reasonably priced at 10 sfr. Recommendable place!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very large museum that has an old section and a new section The new section has a wonderful special exhibit on the renaissance in Europe Every thing is marked in several languages including English The rest of the museum has wonderful exhibits on different aspects of Swiss history It is definitely worth visiting

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this museum to fill in time on the day we were flying home and found it very absorbing and full of interesting displays from archaelogical finds to Swiss furnishings to armour and weapons to collections of jewellery and tapestries. Just beware that you will not be able to take any bags (not even a handbag!) into the museum... More 

Thank Ros E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a hard work of renovation Swiss National Museum reopened two weeks ago with a very special renaissance exhibition, I highly recommend. You will never see so many special objects in one place again. The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, also very rare books and nautical instruments.Just in three words: Go for it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There u can see from old toy till old money. ist a old women Church Monasterium. With more than 500 years.

Thank William P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Free entry to this attraction with the ZurichCard was what initially lured me into this museum, and I'm glad it did. With history that goes back hundreds of years and includes more modern components such as Swiss banking and politics, this museum is a one-stop-shop for all things you want to know concerning Zurich. The building itself is also really... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is pretty incredible. From the outside it looks like a huge medieval castle, but the inside is very streamline and modern, with lots of levels and cool port-hole types windows overlooking the gardens outside. It would be fantastic for people who are real history-buffs, but probably not very interesting for anybody else (especially children.) There were lots of... More 

Thank Jess E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right across the street from the Zurich train station. A great place to spend a couple of hours. The displays were very extensive and interesting. A lot of Swiss history on display.

Thank Joe M

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