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“fantastic location with superb exhibits on specific themes”
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Rietberg Museum
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Ranked #14 of 228 things to do in Zurich
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This art museum is the only art museum in Switzerland that focuses on non-European art, and has a substantial collection from Asia, America, Africa and Oceania. It's also located in one of Zürich's most beautiful parks.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Rietberg is known for its fabulaous exhibits on forign cultures.
The last I visited was on the Chavin culture.
As usual it was welll done, with good explanations.

Thank Fran R
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Access to the permanent exhibit is free and it is very extensive with its Asian arts collection. The main entrance floor of the green glass building is the information/ticket office along with a souvenir shop. The young lady working the ticket office on my visit was very friendly and explained, in English, all areas of the museum included with the free entry.

I began my tour one level below in African and Asian sections that had some artifacts, but seemed to mostly display various masks from the era. There were also sculptures, writings, ceramics, glass, large stone carvings along with wooden carvings. Throughout each regional section a curator of that specialty explains some of the most important artifacts and details as to how the museum acquired and/or maintained the quality of the various pieces on display in the video recordings with headphones (in German).

Another half level below and at the far end is the Visible storage area. This section is packed full of artifacts, masks, sculptures and trinkets in display cases. This section alone could easily fill an entire gallery floor, but seems to have been relocated to a ‘basement’ area for viewing. I would certainly make sure to see this area on your tour. Walking up this staircase (elevator) now puts you in the Villa Wesendonck. The Wesendonck main floor is the very nice and relaxing café area with excellently displayed snacks and beverages for purchase. On through the building there are a couple of floors with more artifacts, sculptures and masks on view.

I then toured the expansive nice grounds of the property. There are lots of benches, trees, viewing spots, statues and open space on the grounds. Lastly, I visited the Park Villa Rieter. The young lady working there was very friendly and even offered me a magnifying glass to view some of the special Indian paintings. The magnifying glass came in very handy to view such intricately detailed artworks. This exhibit is only on the main floor.

In all a very nice time spent here at the museum for a great selection of artwork and the care that has been taken to present everything in such good order.

There is elevator access to the two main buildings, locker rentals, coat check on most floors and restrooms available. Closed on Mondays. Public transport to the museum is best with Tram #7 to Rietberg Museum stop and less than three blocks up the hill.

Highly recommend the free access to the permanent collection

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Reviewed November 8, 2013

There are three separate areas to this museum. There is a park, the free area (permanent collection) and then the fee area (visiting exhibits). I went to the park and free area one afternoon on my own. First I ate a sandwich and had a bottle of tea at the cafe. The staff was friendly, the sandwich was good, and the homemade mint ginger tea was delicious. I was surprised that there was a free area to the museum as I had just wandered over and hadn't read about it beforehand. The exhibit is very well put together, has clear lighting and signage (in German and English), and flows well.

The park provides a nice walk with beautiful trees and a view of the lake and city. There are some water fountains around as well as benches and a play area.

Thank Amber C
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

it is the best museum in Switzerland I've been to, but giving it rating 4 because there are much better museums in other countries. they have interesting high profile visiting exhibitions and a nice but not big permanent exhibition.

Thank sirine313
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I love this museum. First, it is on a piece of land that is so beautiful and overlooking the city. The actual museum houses beautiful Asian sculptures. Whenever I am in Zurich, I visit this museum. The cafe is also worth having lunch in.

Thank Mary W
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