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Swiss National Museum
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Ranked #15 of 224 things to do in Zurich
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The National Museum enjoys a central position just a minute’s walk from the main railway station in Zurich. The museum is one of the attractions of this city on the River Limmat. Gustav Gull’s listed building from the 19th century has been extended with the addition of a new building designed by architects Christ & Gantenbein and completed in summer 2016. The museum showcases the history of Switzerland from its early beginnings until the present day in the permanent exhibitions “Archaeology in Switzerland”, “History of Switzerland” and “Collections Gallery”. Every year, there are also several temporary exhibitions and an impressive fringe programme, offering everything from debates to workshops.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed December 25, 2012

If you received a general education on European history, there's not much to see here. The Swiss had the Reformation and the Enlightenment; they stayed neutral in WWII and had to rebuild their reputation afterwards by hosting many IGOs.The country has been very rich from textiles, tourism, manufacturing, chemicals/pharmaceuticals, and banking.

The artifacts themselves are not especially compelling.

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

The museum is a great place of permanent and changing exhibitions, right next to the main station. In summer, it hosts a temporary radio station's lounge nights in the yard (rundfunk.fm is a radio station that operates a month before the Street Parade).

The description on tripadvisor is incorrect. It is not a castle, never was. The building is around 100 years old, built in 1898 to resemble a castle.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Great overview of Swiss history, interesting discoveries.
Not easy if you have a baby pram, tricky stairs.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

The Museum opposite the Zurich train station is not to be missed. The National Museum is an insight into Switzerland's origin and beyond and the history in the making of this great nation.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The Swiss National Museum Zurich has a building that can easily pass for a European 14th century castle. Actually, it has a seamless blend of the architecture of the Middle Ages and the modern era, and was completed only in 1898. It is located right next to the Hauptbahnhof – the main railway station. That very popular museum of Swiss cultural history covers the entire period from pre-historic times to the present. There are four permanent collections on display, covering the History of Switzerland, Armoury Towers, Swiss Homes and Furnishings and the Collections Gallery.
Today’s Switzerland has had its share of war and turmoil over the centuries, and finally became a nation only in the 19th century. However, what followed, as they say, is history. Today, that diminutive country of just 7.5 million people - much less than half the population of Mumbai, where I stay – has set an example in good governance for the rest of the world to follow. The exhibits include the legend of William Tell and a copy of the Federal Charter that led to nationhood. There is also a coverage of Swiss banking, socio-economic development manufacturing history, and the like. There are also exquisitely painted portraits of great Swiss leaders.
Exhibits at the Armoury Towers include medieval weapons like swords, cannon, rifles, daggers, et al. as well as Swiss army uniforms from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Collections Gallery has on display items dating from the Middle Ages to the present. These include delicately hand-crafted and painted glass-ware, intricately woven textile material, beautifully carved and painted religious sculptures, and the like.

There are also charming exhibits on Swiss home décor, furniture, furnishings and the like.
The Landesmuseum also has a number of special exhibitions each year, apart from lectures, discussions, guided tours, music concerts, and other events. Among other facilities are photographic archives, a library offering free book loans over the weekends, a well-stocked museum shop, a cafeteria and toilets. No visit to Zurich is complete without a pilgrimage to the Landesmuseum there.

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