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Museum Guide for Zurich

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The city of Zurich has over 50 museums. One can see art, design, time-keepers, trams, learn about Swiss history and culture, and more. Get ready for a varied, beautiful, and educational experience!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

12 Places

4 City Tips

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12 Places

Swiss National Museum

History Museums

Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

Art Museums

Zurich Toy Museum

Speciality Museums

Beyer Clock and Watch Museum

Gift & Speciality Shops, Speciality Museums

Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich: Toni-Areal

Speciality Museums

Rietberg Museum

Art Museums

KULTURAMA Museum des Menschen

Science Museums

Kunsthalle Zurich

Art Museums

Tram-Museum Zurich

Speciality Museums

Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM)

Speciality Museums

Museum Muhlerama

Speciality Museums

Zoological Museum

Speciality Museums

FaboFinds's City Tips

  • Consider buying the ZurichCARD or the Swiss Museum pass for reduced admissions.
  • Visit the central rail station — the tourist information center is located here and museum passes can be purchased here as well.
  • Check the opening and closing times of the museums to ensure the museum you want to visit will be open. Some have free admission at specific times too.
  • Many of the museums can easily be reached on foot.
  • Swiss National Museum
    History Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Swiss National Museum is actually four museums: the National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins, the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, and the collections in Affoltern am Albis. This is a must see for those that want to learn about Swiss history and culture.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ask for the audio guide.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great museum that is superbly organized, and more than affordable in a very expensive city 08/11/2018
    • Well Designed 03/11/2018
    • Swiss National Museum
    Address:
    Museumstrasse 2
    Zurich 8001
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 218 65 64
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
    Art Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Kunsthaus displays works created in a broad range of media, including sculpture, drawings, and paintings. The collection spans several centuries, from the Middle Ages to contemporary art, with an emphasis on Swiss artists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The audio guide is highly recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • World class museum 11/11/2018
    • Excellent Art Venue and great value 04/11/2018
    • Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
    Address:
    Heimplatz 1
    Zurich 8001
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    41 1 253 84 84
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wed - Thu
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Zurich Toy Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This museum is for little and big kids alike! Explore the various exhibits and see toys that are 300 years old. This wonderful collection spans several centuries, from the 17th century to the early 20th century.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Sundays.
    • Private tours can arranged in advance, including tours outside of opening hours.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    • Nice little specialist museum 18/09/2018
    • Fascinating 30/08/2018
    • Zurich Toy Museum
    Address:
    Fortunagasse 15
    Zurich 8001
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 211 93 05
    Other:
  • Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Check your watch — it's time to go see some exquisite timepieces! This collection contains some very old time-keepers of extraordinary workmanship.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The exhibit changes often.
    • The museum is located in the Beyer watch store in the shopping district.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 77 Shopping in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just amazing collection of watches 11/11/2018
    • Loved this Museum!!! 09/11/2018
    • Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
    Address:
    Bahnhofstrasse 31
    Zurich 8001
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 43 344 63 63
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich: Toni-Areal
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Museum of Design features industrial design, visual communication, architecture, and crafts. Check out posters from all over the world, cool ergonomic furniture, and other items in this modern, colorful space.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Guided tours are in German.
    • Strollers are not allowed in the collections.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    • Very cool Museum of Design 05/08/2018
    • The Power of Protest. 15/07/2018
    • Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich: Toni-Areal
    Address:
    Pfingstweidstrasse 96
    Toni-Areal
    Zurich 8005
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 43 446 67 67
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Rietberg Museum
    Art Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Rietberg Museum is a large art museum housed in several historic buildings. The collection includes Asian, African, American, and Oceanic art.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Private tours are offered in English for a cost. Advance booking is required.
    • An onsite craft studio offers different classes. Consult the website for current offerings.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A staggering collection 06/11/2018
    • Amazing experience! 28/10/2018
    • Rietberg Museum
    Address:
    Gablerstrasse 15
    Zurich 8002
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 206 31 31
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed - Thu
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • KULTURAMA Museum des Menschen
    Science Museums
    FaboFinds Says:

    A fun, interesting, and interactive science museum to keep children entertained as they learn.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The learning material that accompanies exhibits is in German, but activities are very hands-on.
    • There is a treasure hunt map that the children can request at the admission desk!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #103 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    • Great museum for kids. Free admission with a Zurich Card. Displays/Explanations in German. 21/11/2016
    • Great for children 22/11/2015
    • KULTURAMA Museum des Menschen
    Address:
    Englischviertelstrasse 9
    8032 Zürich
    Zurich 8032
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 260 60 44
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kunsthalle Zurich
    Art Museums
    FaboFinds Says:

    The Kunsthalle is for the modern art enthusiast. In addition to a varied collection, the museum hosts talks with artists and experts, film viewings, and other special events.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the website for current exhibits and events.
    • Free entry Thursday evenings after 5pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    • Unique Art Exhibition Not to Be Missed 26/08/2018
    • Solid collection 09/06/2018
    • Kunsthalle Zurich
    Address:
    Limmatstrasse 270
    Temporary address until June 2012: Barengasse 20-22
    Zurich 8005
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 272 15 15
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tram-Museum Zurich
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This museum showcases the trams from the retired fleet, along with pictures and historical information about the tram system in Zurich.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Opening hours vary depending on the season, so be sure to check the website in advance of your visit.
    • A special historic tram route, Tram 21, can be ridden on some weekends — check times and dates for availability.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    • Expensive,no pensioner concession 22/08/2018
    • My 5-year-old wants to go back... 30/07/2018
    • Tram-Museum Zurich
    Address:
    Forchstrasse 260
    Zurich 8008
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 380 21 62
    Hours:
    Wed
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM)
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    This museums displays artifacts from the North American Native Indians and Inuit cultures.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Most of the text here is in German.
    • Sundays at noon, the museum offers free tours for families, followed by special activities for children.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    • A surprise for a short museum visit 23/07/2017
    • A trip to North America 05/06/2017
    • Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM)
    Address:
    Seefeldstrasse 317
    Zurich 8008
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 413 49 90
    Other:
  • Museum Muhlerama
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Muhlerama Museum is housed in an old flour mill, and all of the old equipment used for making flour is still there and working! You can learn all about the process, see the equipment in motion, and even take a bread making workshop!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Tours and exhibits are in German.
    • Entrance is free with the ZurichCARD.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    • Great little place off the beaten path 25/11/2017
    • Industrial Mill converted to a museum 10/10/2016
    • Museum Muhlerama
    Address:
    Seefeldstrasse 231
    Zurich 8008
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 422 76 60
    Other:
  • Zoological Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Zurich Zoological Museum has a huge collection of animals — almost 1 million! — and at any given time, 1,500 are on display.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 190 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice collection! 18/10/2018
    • Only for Germans, said the desk staff member 21/08/2018
    • Zoological Museum
    Address:
    Karl-Schmid-Strasse 4
    Zurich 8006
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 44 634 38 38
    Other:
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