Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zurich)

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Museumstrasse 2

Price & Hours

10 Swiss francs (about $11) for adults; free f...
Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Thurs 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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The Swiss National Museum resides within a historic, castle-like building in the northern tip of Kreis 1. The museum surveys Swiss art, history and culture from as far back as the fourth century B.C. Exhibits cover everything from medieval and religious frescoes to weapons and Swiss furniture. There are also several ornate rooms to explore during your visit.

According to many past visitors, the Swiss National Museum's architecture alone is worth seeing. However, should you decide to go inside, expect to find a comprehensive overview of Switzerland's history. To absorb all that this museum has to offer, previous travelers recommended downloading the free English audio guide from the Google or Apple app store since most of the exhibits' displays are in German.

The Swiss National Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on Thursdays when the property is open until 7 p.m.). Visitors ages 17 and older are charged 10 Swiss francs (less than $11) to enter, though admission is free for all Zurich Card holders and children 16 and younger. Museum tickets include access to restrooms, a gift shop, a cafe and a library. Parking is not offered through the museum but can be found across the street at the Hauptbahnhof train station. Multiple train, tram and bus lines stop at Hauptbahnhof or the adjacent Bahnhofquai station. For more information about the Swiss National Museum, visit the museum's website.

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