Visiting Museums and Monuments in Zürich and Lucerne
Art, archaeology, history, literature... find out how to make the most of the museums in Zurich, Zug, Berne, Basel and Lucerne using discount tickets and vouchers...
In German-speaking Switzerland there are a number of museums as well as a large number of art galleries representing art, archaeology, local history, crafts, and cultural heritage. Zürich itself has over 30 private and public museums. Opening hours can vary.
The Swiss Museum Passport (Schweizer Museumspass) entitles holders to free entrance to over 440 museums in Switzerland. The pass is sold at participating museums, tourist offices and online.
The ZürichCARD entitles holders to unlimited travel on the Zürich public transport system which covers the entire city and includes one journey to the airport. The card can be purchased with a validity period of 24 or 72 hours and it also entitles the holder to free entrance to 37 museums in the region and discounts on some attractions in the city.
The LucerneCard provides unlimited travel on public transportation in the city of Lucerne and surrounding areas (excluding SGV boat rides).
The LucerneCard also entitles holders to discounts on admission to museums, golf courses and different tourist attractions in the region. The card can be purchased at the Tourist Office or from the ticket counter at the main Lucerne railway station.
Museums in Zürich
There are a great number of museums in the region, here are just a few.
Fine Arts Museum (Kunsthaus Zürich): Home to one of the most impressive 19th and 20th century art collections in Europe, the museum also include paintings and sculptures dating back to antiquity. Works by Chagall, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Chagall, Giacometti, Rodin, Degas and Monet are on display.
- Kunsthaus Zürich
At: Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich
Tel: 044 253 84 84
Open: Wednesday to Friday 10:00-20:00, Tuesdays and weekends 10:00-20:00
Swiss National Museum (Schweizerisches Landesmuseum): The museum retraces the history of the Confederation from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Objects on display include weapons, wooden sculptures and hundreds of cultural artefacts.
- Schweizerisches Landesmuseum
At: Museumstrasse 2, 8021 Zürich
Tel: 044 218 65 11
Fax: 044 211 29 49
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00, Thursdays and on public holidays 10:00-19:00
Zürich Tram Museum (Tram-Museum Zürich): Switzerland's only tram museum with original cars exhibited in the historic depot of Burgwies. There is a museum line along the Bahnhofstrasse and Limmatquai to Burgwies, with rolling stock from the collection of the museum.
- Tram Museum Zürich
At: Forchstrasse 260, 8008 Zürich
Tel: 044 380 21 62
Open: April to October: Wednesday to Friday 14:00-17:00, Saturday 13:00-18:00 and Sunday 13:00-17:00; November to March: Sunday 13:30-16:30
Mill Museum (Muehlerama): The centrepiece of the museum is the historic, industrial mill which was built in 1913 and is in operation daily. The temporary and permanent exhibitions highlight the evolution of techniques over the years.
At: Seefeldstrasse 231, 8008 Zürich
Tel: 044 422 76 60
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 14:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-17:00
focusTerra: The Earth-science research and information centre of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology features exhibits, models, state-of-the-art experiments and recently discovered aspects of planet Earth.
Fondation Beyeler: The Foundation houses one of the most famous private collections in the world featuring international modern and contemporary art. The permanent collection includes works by van Gogh, Klee, Miró, Bacon, Ernst, Rodin, Kandinsky, Rousseau and many others.
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