Landesmuseum

Landesmuseum, Zurich: Hours, Address, Landesmuseum Reviews: 4/5

Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 permanent exhibitions. Every year, there are also several temporary exhibitions and an impressive fringe programme, offering everything from debates to workshops.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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How to get there
  • Zurich Central Station • 2 min walk
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JoeMortNYC
Sea Isle City, NJ94 contributions
Terrific Museum
May 2021 • Family
Highly recommend. Well trained and very nice staff. Our kids enjoyed the exhibits on a rainy day.

The Swiss History exhibits are informative and fun. The building itself is beautiful and it is very close to the main train station.
Written 16 May 2021
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Jennifer R
Switzerland137 contributions
Excellent
Sep 2020 • Family
During Covid on a Sunday morning, the museum was nearly empty and we throughly enjoyed being able to explore on our own. The museum does an amazing job using technology to engage the visitor. The relief map that comes to life with the provided tablet or binoculars is amazing. We had to peel away our 6 year old. The highlight for me was the objects room with sliding tablets that you can aim on an object and it would provide detailed information. Amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

The display rooms are medium to small considering other museums we’ve been to but it was great, enough to peak interest and excitement but not too much to bore the kid. Admittedly, the kids section is a little lack luster but at least they tried.

From what I gathered, most if not all informational cards have English. It is a hodgepodge of buildings so it is easy to get turned around if searching for a particular display. They have a cafe but it’s also easy to jump across the street to the train station to grab a quick meal. The architecture alone is what got me into the building but we really fell in love with the museum. For 10chf a person and children are free, I also think it’s a great value.
Written 30 September 2020
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria15,224 contributions
Landesmuseum
Sep 2020
From the outside, the museum is very interesting and looks like a medieval castle. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to go in to see it.
Written 24 September 2020
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Barbara
Lisbon, Portugal12 contributions
Must visit museum
Aug 2020
This museum is one of the highlights of my trip to Zurich. It contains very informative and interactive exhibitions about Switzerland, covering archaeology, history, science and literature. Together these exhibitions really help the visitors understand the country and its people. The temporary exhibitions were also very interesting - despite it seeming a bit random at first, I enjoyed a lot the exhibition about nuns.

I entered the museum thinking I would spend around 2 hours and ended up spending double. But I was so entertained that time just flew by. I recommend this museum to anyone who wants to know more about Switzerland!
Written 16 August 2020
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KMGeneva
Founex, Switzerland126 contributions
Confusing layout with short opening hours
Aug 2020 • Family
We arrived at 3pm, thinking that a couple of hours before the museum closed at 5pm would be enough, and indeed it would have been had we not found ourselves in part of the museum that focused on nuns. We couldn’t work out where the rest of the museum was and the map we had inexplicably was for only part of the museum. Having wasted an hour there (we went to learn about Swiss history) we finally went up and down stairs in another part of the building to find the main exhibitions, including the Swiss history one. Where were the signs and the main museum maps? The staff were nice but unfortunately our German is limited and we didn’t manage to find anyone who spoke English or French to help direct us. We then rushed through what we had come to see but had to leave before we were even half way through.

5pm seems very early to close (7pm on Thursdays) given that the museum opens as late as 10am. However, that would have been less of a problem if it were easier to find what we wanted to see.

There is a cafe/restaurant outside that may or may not belong to the museum. We were going to have a drink and a meal there on a nice summer evening but decided not to due to the number of smokers outside, making the environment very unpleasant.
Written 14 August 2020
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on-the-move-with-jens
Zurich, Switzerland810 contributions
Must do when in Zurich ...
Mar 2020
As a local we visited for a temporary exhibition (Games). The set-up and all pieces were put together nicely and entertaining. We will definitively come again to see the standard museum section ...
Written 23 March 2020
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mia k
Lindenwold, New Jersey47 contributions
Beautiful Setting
Feb 2020
Very informative! A beautiful museum in heart of Zurich. Must see for first time visitor! Great for children also, interactive display s!
Written 10 March 2020
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SteveAntpitta
New York City, NY95 contributions
History on view
Jan 2020
This museum is worth a visit. It tells the history of Switzerland and Zurich. It has many artifacts that is well presented, both in a traditional way and with more modern multi media.
Written 25 January 2020
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Gabriel
3 contributions
Museum Landesmuseum , Zurich
Jan 2020 • Solo
Amazing museum to visit !!

They present a big part from the history of s
Seiterland in a very nice and professional way.
Written 21 January 2020
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Townsendfam
Soquel, CA16 contributions
Really good museum in the heart of Zurich
Jan 2020
I do not choose museums very often when I only have a short time in a city. I went here right as it opened on a Sunday. Every exhibit was beautifully presented in a light, expansive setting. I especially liked how they used modern technology to augment the exhibits. Spent 2 hours here and that is a long time for me in any museum.
Written 12 January 2020
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Landesmuseum is open:
  • Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 - 19:00
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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