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Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich

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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

Site Information
Names:Schweizerisches Landesmuseum; Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich; Swiss National Museum
State:Canton Zurich
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Location:Zurich, Switzerland
Coordinates:47.379180° N, 8.539982° E  (view on Google Maps)
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  1. Personal visit (exterior and lobby only; December 18, 2006).
  2. Rick Steves' Switzerland
  3. Frommer's Switzerland.
  4. The Rough Guide to Switzerland.

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Title:Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/26/2009
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