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“Didn't really get to see this museum because of the bag policy”

Swiss National Museum
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Ranked #25 of 236 things to do in Zurich
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 the permanent exhibitions “Archaeology in Switzerland”, “History of Switzerland” and “Collections Gallery”. Every year, there are also several temporary exhibitions and an impressive fringe programme, offering everything from debates to workshops.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 5 December 2013

I was in Zurich for one day on a layover while traveling onwards to my vacation destination. I had wanted to see this museum, but was surprised that they would not let me carry what I considered to be a very compact shoulder bag. It was iPad, not laptop-sized, to give you an idea. Because I was in transit, and it contained all my most precious possessions, including cash, my passport, my camera, etc., I was uneasy about checking it in the museum lockers as I was directed to do. I walked around for a few minutes, but leaving my bag made me so nervous that I returned, picked it up, and left.

This may not be a fair review, but it may help others considering visiting this museum, so I'm posting it. As far as I could tell from my brief walk, items were behind glass, so I'm not sure why they have such strict limits on the bags their patrons can carry. Perhaps this policy could be revised.

2  Thank bchaplin
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Definitely recommend skipping this for two primary reasons. First, there is barely any explanation of the museum in English unless you pay 5CHF extra per person. I completely understand that's not the primary language here, but many tourists like us are interested in learning about the country's history, and it would be nice if they provided a printed guide in foreign languages for free/as part of the entrance fee. Asking for extra is just plain cheap. Second, the museum is completely disorganized. There is no logical flow to the exhibits. They should do a major overhaul of the place, it seems like they've just added small bits each year and ended up with the mess they have today.

2  Thank Jeff_and_Lisa_12
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

That's the place where you can find out more about the rich history of this country, right beside the main train station it is also quite good reachable by any transport (except your own car)

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Swiss are proud of their history. Their national museum which is just across the zurich train station, is a good place. The sections are elaborate. The interactiveness of the museum is good. They have movie hall where movie on large screen can be seen. It is quite informative and interesting.

Thank vinay-karanam
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

A thematic series of display takes you through the history of the city and also showcases the interiors of some very rich and elaborately decorated rooms once belonging to wealthy swiss families. However, there are comparatively few objects on display and a large amount of text (compounded by the multiple translations provided) which can make the displays appear quite dense. However, the museum does provide a good overview of the history of the country and the social changes that it has undergone over the past few centuries.

Located right next the the train station and entry free with a Zurichcard.

Thank nick w
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