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“Good museum for history lovers”

Swiss National Museum
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Swiss National Museum Admission and Classic Trolley Sightseeing Tour in Zurich
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Ranked #15 of 224 things to do in Zurich
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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, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We spent about 4 hours in this museum, which is very easy to find as it's right next to Hauptbahnhof, in a landmark building - it's impossible to miss it if you take a walk along Limmat river a little bit out of the old city to the north, the towers of the ancient castle catch your eye. The excibition is nicely presented, from ancient times to our days, there were some pieces of extraordinary golden jewelery from prehistoric times as well as the biggest golden bowl (over 900 g), also prehistoric, all artefacts found close to Zurich, some by chance. The stained glass excibition was impressive, I have never seen such meticulous work in stained glass, it was almost like miniatures. Some objects of decorative tableware made of gold and silver were presented in a showcase with mirror behind and on individual rotating stands, which allowed one to see them from every possible angle.There was an exhibition of historic costumes, all authentic, many artefacts and documents related to Swiss history, which turned out to be not so peaceful as we perceive it, this being one of the notoriously neutral countries;the wealth of its citizens is also quite recent - some 159 years ago powerty was still a big issue.
Swiss political system over time was well presented, many artefacts connected to notorious people which have influenced the country's destiny, also there was an area dedicated to people not born in Switzerland but who have became an important part of its history.
There is a special area in a tower dedicated to warfare - armours, arms, uniforms of Swiss army and especially mercenaries that played an important role in european wars. Also there were interiours reconstructed from the castles and wealthy citisens homes.
If you love museums and history, it's a nice place to visit, I guess elder kids would like it too.
Maybe a little more attentions is to be payed to the direction of visit - it must have a plan perharps, no signs as the recommended route to follow and we found ourselves walking against the timeline once in a while.

Thank mimidica
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

great museum about Switzerland. worth visiting if u r interesting in the swiss history. close to the main station

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Switzerland history, main historical events from ancient to modern times, most essential documents of Swiss confederation, local artists since 13th to 21st Centuries BC, ancient wooden sculptures, great exhibitions, historical building where museum is, - I like all of this.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

It has a brilliant collection, showcased quite differently and is very well maintained.
Must visit for museum lovers.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Such an interesting museum about the history of Switzerland, we also found the English speaking guides extremely well informed and helpful. I especially liked the history about the industry in Switzerland and of course about the banking.

Thank Julie S
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