National Museum – History in a Fairytale Castle

The National Museum Zurich is located behind the Main Train Station and houses the largest collection documenting the cultural history of Switzerland.

  • Switzerland’s cultural history
    Excellent museum store
    Architecture with a fascinating mixture of historicism and modernity

The National Museum Zurich, which stands next to Zurich Main Train Station, is reminiscent of a fairytale castle. However, anyone passing through the arches into the inner courtyard will also find a modern new building, which counterbalances the original building constructed in the historicism style.

On show in the rooms and halls of the National Museum is the largest collection documenting the cultural history of Switzerland: handicrafts, everyday objects, sculptures, and paintings from prehistory to the present day tell a host of interesting stories. In addition, the National Museum examines socially relevant topics in various special exhibitions.

The picturesque inner courtyard of the National Museum is often used for extended exhibitions, but also for concerts and other events. This gives rise to a particularly fascinating contrast between history, current times, old, and young.

The excellent museum store sells high-quality souvenirs and products made and designed by Swiss artisans. In addition, audio guides are available in various languages, either on a rental device or via the “National Museum” smartphone app.

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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