Swiss National Museum, Zürich

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    Swiss National Museum Zurich

    by Ekahau Written Jun 27, 2013

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    the National Museum Zurich, This is a well done an designed museum (would you expect less from the Swiss) that carries you from Swiss prehistory into ancient Roman times up to the formation of the Swiss charter and the protestant reformation. I loved the coins

    Opening hours
    Tue - Sun 10 am – 5 pm
    On Thursdays the museum is open until 7 pm.

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    Worth a wander....

    by leics Written Jun 7, 2013

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    The Swiss National Museum is housed in a rather wonderful purpose-built mock-Gothic building dating from 1898. It's worth a visit just to see that building, created in the style of a French Renaissance chateau even if you do not actually go inside the museum itself.

    The museum has been undergoing renovations for some time now but when I visited in late May 2013 it all seemed to be open to the public.

    The museum traces the history of Switzerland from its earliest prehistoric settlers to the 20th century. I was particularly looking forward to exploring the archaeological section. Unfortunately, it seems that the renovations which have been undergone have resulted in the museum modernising its displays. Whilst I appreciate that many consider this to make museums more acceptable to the general public I always find...as I did in this case..that swish presentation results in far fewer artefacts on display. So, whilst the archaeological part of the museum was interesting I felt that only a tiny fraction of what could have been seen was actually visible. The same applied toe.g. the Medieval religious art display, and to other displays too.

    That is a personal preference, of course, and I'm sure many people will thoroughly enjoy exploring the museum.

    Most displays have at least a small part of their information in English. In some cases this is a large card which you need to carry around as you look at each item.

    You are not allowed to take any type of bag with you and must leave your belongings in lockers (you carry the key). There's a locker room by the pay desk and another up the steps which lead to the galleries. I had not realised my smallish handbag would not be acceptable, so ended up carrying two locker keys around with me..one for the locker in which I'd put my coat and one for the locker in which I'd put my bag after being stopped by an attendant.

    The museum has very clean (and free) toilets situated opposite the pay desk and a small cafe which serves drinks, sandwiches etc. Taking your own food into the cafe is not allowed.

    Entrance in May 2013 was 10 CHF, which is reasonable imo.

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    National Museum Zurich

    by Odiseya Written Dec 15, 2012

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    National Museum Zurich (German: Landesmuseum Zurich) is part of Swiss National Museum (German: Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum Landesmuseum).
    Trough several galleries is representing very impressing and various collection. Sadly no photos allowed.
    Permanent exhibition led as trough history of Switzerland in four thematic section. The first section shows the history of migration and settlement with various historic artifacts. The second examines religious and intellectual history. It presents in some ambient like big baroque church. I remember at the entrance some books that visitors can read. In the third areas is in focus Swiss political history. I remembering interesting path with several TV sets when you can see a various documentary film. Here is very impressive architectonic design with many multimedial exhibitions. Finally, the fourth section focuses on the economic development of the country.
    There also and collection gallery. It contain twenty displays where is presenting various craft products. The Swiss National Museum possess more than 820,000 objects and this is the largest collection about cultural history and handicraft of Switzerland.
    Third areas of museum is exhibition about Swiss homes and furnishings. You could pick into well reconstructed rooms from various historic period. At end there is Swiss furniture from the 20th century which is displaying in the spaces in front of the rooms.
    Neutral Switzerland has own military history and for remembrance here is also presentation of old Zurich Armoury. The collection is placed in Armoury Tower and is grouped by themas. There you can see various types of weapons, uniforms and equipment with explanation of their historical context.
    I have a chance to see newest museum attraction - television studio. It is combination of modern museum exhibition and playground. In reconstructed TV studio visitors can for free to stand in front of TV camera and practise presenting the news program, the weather forecast or sports panorama.

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    Schweizerisches Landesmuseum

    by MM212 Updated Apr 15, 2012
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    This magnificent castle-like edifice houses the Swiss National Museum (Schweizerisches Landesmuseum). Although Mediaeval-looking, the building was in fact only built in 1898, specifically as a museum. The architect, Gustav Gull, chose the architectural style to complement the city's mediaeval architecture. The museum walks the visitor through the history of Zurich and Switzerland in general and contains an impressive collection of Mediaeval artwork. The museum is located at the northern end of the old city, next to the railway station.

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    Landesmuseum

    by leffe3 Written Jul 28, 2011

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    Housed in a nineteenth century neo-Gothic palace-style complex overlooking the Hauptbahnhof and the Limmat river, the Landesmuseum is a celebration of the development of Swiss culture over the centuries.

    It's a mix of informative and interactive and is seen as one of the most important museums of its kind in Europe. As well as permanent displays, the Landesmuseum organises temporary exhibitions.

    Part of the Swiss National Museums along with the Castle of Prangins and the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, the Landesmuseum is a comprehensive study of 'all things Swiss' from days long gone by to contemporary culture.

    Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm (7pm on Thursdays)
    Admission: 10 Swiss Francs for adults/8 concessions/Free for U-16s

    The park in front of the Museum is a great spot to escape the heat of the summer and with the tree-lined banks of the Limmat, highlights the stunning colour of the water as it flows out of Zurichsee.

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    A great place for history

    by jorgec25 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Swiss National Museum is housed in a fantastic 19 th century castle, right next to the main station. The location is perfect also because of the castle itself, with its fairy tale style is pretty impressive.

    The perfect setting for a plunge into the cultural heritage of Switzerland.

    Do spend some time at the courtyard just enjoying the beautiful castle towers.

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    Swiss cultural History

    by barbskie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The castle-like building houses the most comprehensive collection of artifacts pertaining to Swiss cultural history. One of its focal points is the prehistoric age, particularly the New Stone Age: Especially worth mentioning are the ancient wheels, which were found in Zürich and are considered to be among the earliest ever found, the Celtic artifacts and those of the early Middle Ages. The Middle Ages collection comprises significant artifacts from the world of chivalry and a large collection of wooden church sculptures, panel paintings and carved altars. The rooms housing the historico-cultural tour on the first and second floors have been newly designed. Especially worth visiting are the historical rooms as well as the monumental fresco by Ferdinand Hodler Retreat of the confederates at Marignano. Several times a year, topics relevant to society are dealt with in special exhibitions that are put together in cooperation with other museums. More and more, the romantic courtyard serves as a backdrop for exhibitions and events.
    Opening hours:
    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; Mon closed
    Reading room and library (non-lending)Tue and Thu 8am-noon/1.30pm-4.30pm; Wed and Fri 1.30pm-4.30pm

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    Swiss National Museum

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    1. Entrance to the museum
    2. The archeological department on the ground floor
    3. The museum as seen from across the river

    This is a large museum with numerous departments, all dealing in one way or another with the history of Switzerland.

    They say that their exhibitions cover "all periods, from prehistory to the 21st century."

    The museum is located on the Limmat River right next to the main railroad station.

    Opening hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday till 7 pm. Closed Mondays.

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    Schweizerisches Landesmuseum,

    by smschley Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This castle-like building houses the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, also known as the Swiss National Museum. It openned in 1889 and and owns an ermous collection of objects dating from the Stone age to present; and features medieval and Renaissance paintings, and religious, cultural, and historical objects. The castle is quite large, and the museum is just as large. It covers every aspect of Swiss life from medieval furnishings and currency to arms, maps, tapestries, animals, paintings, stained glass, regional costumes, toys, shoes, wine-making, religion,and of course, cowbells. But wait! There's more! There is a painstakingly detailed scale model of a medieval battle between Bern and Burgundy. It is so large that they had to put magnifying scopes around the edges of it so you can see into the middle. If you're trying to come to grips with the entire history of Switzerland in one afternoon, this is definately the place to go

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    Schweizerisches Landsmuseum

    by carolynllew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    outside

    We spent many hours in this huge museum housed in a mock castle. It included cultural history, church art, clothing through the ages and even whole rooms from a distant abbey which have been dismantled and rebuilt!
    Outside just before Christmas was a skating rink.
    Open 10-5 Tues-Sun
    Cost Adult/student/child
    Swiss franc 5/3/free

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    MUSEE SUISSE

    by Rhondaj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    MUSEE SUISSE

    This museum contains artifacts relating to Swiss cultural history. There are also special exhibits and events scheduled. During our July 2004 visit, the entrance fee was reduced because parts of the museum were closed off for renovations.

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
    Mon closed

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    Caught my Attention.

    by Rhondaj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    wisteria hysteria

    The tower by the entrance into the museum has wisteria growing all the way up to the top! Amazing-I didn't know wisteria could grow to this proportion. This photo is the bottom, the former is the top, and the middle is missing.
    did i confuse you?

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    Swiss National Museum

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Swiss National Museum

    We saw this tower in the distance and were not sure if it was a church or something else. It is acutally part of the Swiss National Museum. From the Museum there are several good locations to look across the river and see the church steeples decorating the horizon of Zurich.

    Thanks to Swiss VT member YumYum for the information of the name of the building.

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    Swiss National Museum

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    MAP  OF  ZURICH

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    Permanent collection on national history. Changing exhibitions on a variety of themes relating to Switzerland. Hmm... sometimes very interesting but sometimes so so :-).

    LIVE webcam:
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    Swiss National Museum

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 15, 2010

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    Swiss National Museum

    One of the first buildings which attracted my attention on my first trip to Zurich was the Swiss National Museum.

    The historic building complex was constructed in 1898 and looks like a fairy castle. The museum accommodates a wide collection of the Swiss history and culture.

    Although I didn't visit the Museum, I had a look at the buildings and the inner courtyard where a little christmas market with an ice rink takes place in winter.

    Directions:
    The Swiss National Museum is located at the Museumstrasse 2, just behind the Main Train Station.

    Website: http://www.nationalmuseum.ch/

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