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Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum

Quick facts

The Swiss National Museum in Zurich is one of the most important art museums in the world’s cultural history.

The museum was born out of the desire to create a national museum that would be the pride of Switzerland’s young federal state.

National Council member Salomon Vögelin proposed the construction of a national museum, and a site in Zurich was selected after much debate. The edifice housing the museum was built in 1898. The building was designed by Swiss architect and teacher Gustav Gull, and it look like a French Renaissance chateau.

The museum houses a wide array of art and a selection from ancient times and the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Some of the museum’s more unusual exhibits include a gallery of Gothic paintings, liturgical wooden sculpture, carved alters, and art related to chivalry. There’s also a segment on Switzerland’s history which shows traditional costumes and clothes.

The Swiss Furniture Design section is a nice juxtaposition with the older items in the space. The museum features collections that change regularly so it is always something new to see and learn.

The Swiss National Museum resides within a historic, castle-like building in the northern side of Kreis 1 and many claim its architecture alone is worth seeing.

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The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on Thursdays when it is open until 7 p.m.). Visitors ages 17 and older are charged 10 Swiss francs (less than $11) to enter, though admission is free for all Zurich Card holders and children 16 and younger. Museum tickets include access to restrooms, a gift shop, a cafe and a library.

Parking is not offered through the museum but can be found across the street at the Hauptbahnhof train station. Several train, tram and bus lines stop at Hauptbahnhof or the adjacent Bahnhofquai station.

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Interesting facts about Swiss National Museum

Here are some interesting facts about this notable landmark:

  • Swiss National Museum exhibits more than 840’000 objects from various collections.
  • Museum tells stories not only about history and art, but also about winter sports in the Alps, Swiss watches and Swiss chocolate.
  • As Switzerland is famous for its banking system, museum features large collection of banknotes and coins from country’s history.
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