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“Extremely underwhelming” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Design (Museum fur Gestaltung – Schaudepot)

Museum of Design (Museum fur Gestaltung – Schaudepot)
Ranked #55 of 205 things to do in Zurich
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum fur Gestaltung is the leading museum of design and visual communication in Switzerland. The exhibition program presents a wide range of themes and monographs from the areas of industrial and product design, graphic design, typography, photography, posters, films, furniture, fashion, jewellery, crafts, architecture and scenography. With educational activities such as guided tours as well as exhibition talks and family and school workshops the museum gives visitors the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of design. In its newly opened location in the Toni-Areal the Museum fur Gestaltung will show changing exhibitions and brings together the Poster, Design, Applied Art and Graphics Collections that comprise more than 500,000 objects. Daily guided tours of the collection offer insights into its internationally important collections and enable visitors to experience design history. The location on Ausstellungsstrasse 60 is closed for renovation and will reopen as an exhibition space in its original form in 2018. Up-to-date information can be found on the website.
Bern, Switzerland
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“Extremely underwhelming”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

When you consider the breadth and depth of design available in Switzerland, whether graphic, architectural, industrial or simply artistic, it comes as a huge disappointment to visit this place, which basically has one large hall dedicated to whatever temporary exhibition is in place at the moment (I was at the one called "Endstation Meer", about plastic garbage in the world's oceans - more about this later), and then you have a small hall upstairs with a few posters of vintage products (most of them very boring - I've seen poster shops with better displays). And that's it. I forgot how much the entrance fee is supposed to be (we went on a free day), but anything more than CHF 5 is a rip-off.
Anyway, the exhibition concerning plastics in the oceans was relatively educational, but the presentation was just strange. There was a massive pile of garbage in the middle of the room, which was the focal point of the whole exhibition. OK, we get it: but without a sense of scale (where is this stuff from? what area of the ocean? how deep? how long did it take to collect it? what % of a total area does this cover? etc...), shown in a clear, striking way (superposing a photograph for example, or displaying large infographics), it remains just a pile of garbage, and generates mostly indifference.
The other objects were interesting but the thematic layout was not obvious, and the explanations were somewhat uninspiring (a milk carton's description: "this milk carton is made of recycled materials. Recycled materials are good". OK, it was supposed to be kid-friendly, but where's the educational value?
Anyway, this is definitely not a museum to recommend on the circuit: must-sees in Zürich are the National Museum, the Kunsthaus, and the Rietberg. If you want modern Swiss design go to the Tinguely museum or Beyeler Foundation in Basel. Not here: there's nothing to see.

Visited November 2012
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“Not much to see”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

One floor was completely closed. The only open exhibition was about posters and it wasn't bad at all. But it was the only one available.

Visited September 2012
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“Disapointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

i went to an exhibition on posters and crime film, which was well set up, but ultimately disappointing for a museum that claims to represent great design.

Visited December 2012
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“Bit of a disappointment...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

I gather that they don't have a permanent collection on display, so it's rather dependent on what's on at the time. When I visited, the exibition was about waste plastics and how harmful they are to nature, especially in the sea, which to be honest wasn't really very design-relevant. Luckily at the time it was free (I think it will charge soon though). If I'd paid I would have felt very let down.

Visited September 2012
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“very nice exhibitions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

they have special and very nice exhibitions. normaly quite modern and subjects which interest a lot of people.

Visited July 2012
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