Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich
Located next to the train station, the Swiss National Museum (Schweizerisches Landesmuseum) in Zürich is a massive and important museum that provides an epic survey of the culture and history of the Swiss people.
The museum's vast collection is housed in a 19th-century Neo-Gothic castle. The displays include a large amount of medieval religious art that has not been welcome in Zürich's churches since the Reformation. These exhibits, shown mostly on the ground floor, range from 9th-century Carolingian art to frescoes from the Convent Church of Mustair and 16th-century stained glass from Tanikon Convent.
There is a Zwingli Room about the Swiss Reformation and an exceptional prehistoric section, with some artifacts dating from the 4th millennium BC. The rest of the collection includes a large display of Roman clothing, medieval silverware, 14th-century drinking bowls, and 17th-century china, as well as painted furniture, costumes, and dollhouses of various periods.
A display of weapons and armor shows the methods of Swiss warfare from 800 to 1800. There's also a reconstructed 18th-century apothecary and an exhibit tracing Swiss clockmaking from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
Special exhibitions are presented twice annually, lasting between 3 and 6 months. Themes are always different; a recent one was devoted to Swiss fashion design.
Quick Facts on Schweizerisches Landesmuseum
|Names:||Schweizerisches Landesmuseum; Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich; Swiss National Museum|
|Visitor and Contact Information|
|Coordinates:||47.379180° N, 8.539982° E (view on Google Maps)|
|Lodging:||View hotels near this location|
Map of Schweizerisches Landesmuseum
Below is a location map and aerial view of Schweizerisches Landesmuseum. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.
- Personal visit (exterior and lobby only; December 18, 2006).
- Rick Steves' Switzerland
- Frommer's Switzerland.
- The Rough Guide to Switzerland.
- Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich - Go Historic
- Photos of Schweizerisches Landesmuseum - here on Sacred Destinations
|Title:||Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich|
|Link code:||<a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/switzerland/zurich-landesmuseum/switzerland/mustair-convent-of-st-john">Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich</a>|