National Museum Zurich – Swiss History in a Fairytale Castle

The National Museum is located in the heart of Zurich by the Main Railway Station. It houses the largest collection of cultural-historical objects in the country.

The museum building is over 100 years old and resembles a fairytale castle. History comes alive behind its thick walls: how did past generations live, think and feel? The material heritage they left behind – handicrafts or mundane everyday objects – provides us with answers, from prehistoric times to the present.

The National Museum Zurich also addresses socially relevant topics using special exhibits. Quality souvenirs, Swiss crafts and design products are also on sale from the museum shop.

The e-guide is available in the “National Museum” smartphone app or on a special device the guests can hire from the Welcome Desk. It guides the visitors to selected exhibits in German, French, Italian, English, Mandarin or Russian. The app is also available in Swiss-German sign language for people with hearing impairments.

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Free admission with the Zürich Card.

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Adults CHF 10
Concessions CHF 8
Children (under 16) free

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 7.00 pm