Discover what makes Switzerland unique in the largest cultural-history museum.
No, it's not a castle. And no, it's not medieval. Actually, it's not even really old. The Landesmuseum was built in 1898 by Felix Gull and caused controversy from the beginning because of its mock-medieval architecture.
Nowadays it documents the story of Switzerland from the banks of Bahnhofstrasse to alpine farms and mountains, from Heidi and Helvetii to cheese and cantons - and much more.
With artefacts and documents dating from the Stone Age to today, the Landesmuseum holds a vast permanent collection as well as hosting regular exhibitions. The exhibitions focus on current themes from a societal, social or historical perspective. For example: how Mr and Mrs Swiss lived and live is documented in the originally furnished Historical Rooms from the 15th to the 17th century. That the Swiss defended their freedom with force of arms when necessary is documented by weapons from the Middle Ages, Baroque showpieces and uniforms.
There are guided tours in English once a week and various activities for children.
|Opening hours:||10am-5pm Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun; 10am-7pm Thu|
|Transport:||Tram 4, 13, 11, 14, 17; S-Bahn; Train|
|Price:||Admission CHF10; CHF8 reductions; free under-16s|