Art & Culture

Your essential guide to galleries, exhibitions and the performing arts across Switzerland

The ten best book venues around Switzerland
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The ten best book venues around Switzerland

Here’s our pick of the best stores, sights and hangouts across the country for fans of the printed word

Switzerland’s top attractions
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Switzerland’s top attractions

Discover some of the essential attractions and great cultural attractions across the country

Geneva’s best museums and attractions
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Geneva’s best museums and attractions

With a reputaiton of a world class city in a spectacular setting around an Alpine lake, renowned for its complement of global institutions, Geneva museums and other attractions are in generous supply. The culture on offer includes fine art in several venues, notably the Musee d’Art et D’Histoire. A surfeit of striking architecture includes the mighty Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, its spire rivalled by the towering Jet D’eau water fountain out on the lake. Other famous buildings include the Palais des Nations, a monumental 20th-century edifice now occupied by the UN. Nearby, the range of museum choices encompasses another ground-breaking humanitarian institution, the International Red Cross. Options for day trips extend to the museum at CERN, where you can explore the mysteries of the birth of the universe, and the Salève mountain where you can sit in one of its cafés and contemplate the views. Read on for details of all these and many more.

Zurich's best museums and galleries
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Zurich's best museums and galleries

From ancient history to contemporary art, there's so much to see for young and old at Zurich's museums and galleries.

Catch Cirque du Soleil’s new show ‘Totem’ in Zurich!
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Catch Cirque du Soleil’s new show ‘Totem’ in Zurich!

From September 5 to October 14 the world-famous circus group will be taking Zurich audiences into the fantastic world of ‘Totem’

More cultural destinations and events

Aathal Dinosaur Museum
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Aathal Dinosaur Museum

See fossils and skeletons from across the globe, as well as loads of other models and displays. 

Tram-Museum - Zurich
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Tram-Museum - Zurich

You can learn more about the history of Zurich’s trams in its own tram museum. 

Olympic Museum - Lausanne
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Olympic Museum - Lausanne

The permanent exhibition leans heavily on interactive, multimedia displays plus memorabilia and a café with a fantastic views

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum - Geneva
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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum - Geneva

Documents the work of the Red Cross from the humanitarian vision outlined by founder Henry Dunant 

Switzerland's top venues for art and exhibitions

Geneva’s best museums and attractions
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Geneva’s best museums and attractions

Read on for details of the top museums and culture spots in the city

Zurich’s best museums and attractions
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Zurich’s best museums and attractions

Museum culture is a key highlight of the city, with fine art especially well represented. Check out our guide for information

Collection de l’Art Brut • Lausanne
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Collection de l’Art Brut • Lausanne

Off the tourist trail, this fascinating museum is a must-see for those seeking an alternative to the mainstream, exactly what ‘art brut’ – literally ‘raw art’ – is all about. 

Quartier des Bains • Geneva
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Quartier des Bains • Geneva

Discover why Quartier des Bains is to Geneva what Chelsea is to New York and Löwenbräu is to Zurich, a hip art district in a former semi-industrial zone. 

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst • Zurich
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Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst • Zurich

Exhibiting the latest trends in contemporary art, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst has a more light-hearted approach than many of its more renowned counterparts. 

Kunstmuseum Bern
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Kunstmuseum Bern

Bern’s Kunstmuseum houses Switzerland’s oldest permanent collection.