Museums: Zurich

Museum of Design Zurich
Main thematic areas are design, visual communication and architecture. Between five and seven travelling annual exhibitions , smaller presentations and interventions in and around the museum. Online shop. Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zurich.
Museum Rietberg Zurich
A museum for the arts from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania. Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zurich.
Swiss National Museum
Contains Switzerlands largest collection of objects regarding Swiss cultural history. Its exhibition covers all prehistory to the 21st century. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00, Thursday until 19.00. Open on public holidays. Museumstrasse 2, 8021 Zurich.
This former convent built in the year 863, later became a Gothic church. Features five large stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. The church organ can be booked for private events. Tours available in English, on request. Located Am Muensterhofplatz.
Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich
With changing exhibitions and various events, the Ethnographic Museum of Zurich University presents the world of non-European cultures by means of pertinent objects and rare documents. Pelikanstrasse 40, 8001 Zurich.
Zurich Tram Museum
Original cars are exhibited in the historic depot Burgwies. There is a museum line along the Bahnhofstrasse and Limmatquai to Burgwies, with rolling stock from the collection of the museum. Forchstrasse 260, 8008 Zurich.
Museum of Medical History
The museum of the history of medicine illustrates the development of medicine since prehistoric times. A permanent exhibition through the University of Zurich. Raemistrasse 69, 8006 Zurich.
Kunsthaus Zurich
House of art with exhibitions, art education, collections of paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photography, video and conservation. Open Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday 10:00-18:00, Wednesday to Friday 10:00-20:00. Heimplatz1, 8001 Zurich.
Botanical gardens
Cultivating examples of Mediterranean vegetation, plants from tropical rain forests and virgin forests. Tree ferns and mountain laurel are some examples of foliage available for viewing. Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich.
Kaffee Museum Zurich - Johann Jacobs Museum
Exhibition on the cultural history of coffee. Open Friday 14:00-19:00, Saturday 14:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-17:00. Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zurich.
Zuercher Spielzeugmuseum
Exhibits an important collection of childrens toys from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. Open Monday to Friday 14:00-17:00, Saturday 13:00-16:00. Fortunagasse 15, Ecke Rennweg, 8001 Zurich.
Construction History Archive/ City Archive
Documentation about the architectural changes Zurich has witnessed. Hours are - Monday 13:00-17:00, Tuesday to Friday, 08:00 - 17:00, first Saturday of the month 10:00-16:00. Closed Sunday. Neumarkt 4, 8000 Zurich.
Galerie Gmurzynska
Gallery presents the estates of artists, leading gallery is in the field of Russian Avantgarde. With two more locations in St.Moritz and Zug. Zurich is open Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00. Paradeplatz 2, 8001 Zurich.
Thomas Mann Archives
Exhibits Thomas Manns last original study, a great choice of manuscripts and precious editions of his work. Open Wednesday and Saturday 14:00-16:00. Located in the Bodmer house. Schoenberggasse 15, 8001 Zurich.
Money Museum
One of the first virtual museums presenting the history of money and currency. Open on Tuesday 13:00-17:30. Hadlaubstrasse 106, 8006 Zurich.
Museum of Palaeontology
Exhibits a variety of fish and reptile fossils found in the ocean, ranging back to about 240 million years. Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zurich. Open Tuesday to Friday 09:00-17:00 and Saturday and Sunday 10:00-16:00.
Flieger Flab Museum
Aviation museum including old aircraft, engines, three flight simulators, and much more. Ueberlandstrasse 255, 8600 Duebendorf.
Architectural forum Zurich
More an art gallery than a museum. Focus is on actuality, not architectural history. Intention is to influence the current planning and building policy. Brauerstrasse 16, 8004 Zurich.
Coninx Museum
Showing 50 representative pieces from its collection. Universitaetstrasse 100, 8006 Zurich.
Foundation E.G.Buehrle collection
Museum is housed in a villa built in 1886 and adjoins Emil Buehrles former home. Paintings by Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso and Braque. Zollikerstrasse 172, 8008 Zurich. No regular opening hours.
Exhibits a collection of coloured wax moulds taken from patients. Ideal to study illnesses and hygiene. Open Wednesday 14:00-18:00 and Saturday 13:00-17:00. Haldenbachstrasse 14 8091 Zurich.
Museum for contemporary photography
Gallery that is dedicated to photography by contemporary photographers and an exhibition for the work of 19th and 20th century master photographers.Open Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:00, Wednesday 11:00-20:00. Gruezenstrasse 44 45, 8400 Winterthur.
Centrepiece of the museum is a mill which is nearly 100 years old. It is in operation daily. Open Tuesday to Saturday 14:00-17:00 and Sunday 10:00-17:00. Seefeldstrasse 231, 8008 Zurich.
Archaeological Collection of the University of Zurich
Original collection, with antique objects from ancient Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Italy. Open Tuesday to Friday 13:00-18:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00-17:00. Ramistrasse 73, 8000 Zurich.
Museum of Civil Protection
Extensive collection includes numerous original objects, like blackout lamps, gas masks, field kitchens or food ration coupons. Includes rescue tools and surgical instruments. Habsburgstrasse opposite 17, 8037 Zurich-Wipkingen.
Guildhall zur Meisen
Collection of porcelain and glazed pottery of the National Museum. Exhibited in the elegant guild house, called zur Meise. Open daily Tuesday to Sunday 10:30-17:00. Muensterhof 20, 8001 Zurich.
Kulturama Museum of Mankind
Unique museum whose activities are based on teaching, with an overview 600 million years of human and animal evolution. Human biology and history of civilization are also featured. Englischviertelstrasse 9, 8032 Zurich.
Museum Strauhof
Located in the heart of Zurich. Special exhibitions on literary subjects. Open Tuesday to Friday 12:00-18:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00. Augustinergasse 9, 8001 Zurich.
Town Hall, Stadthaus
Special exhibitions with a variety of themes, mainly socio-political topics. In connection with Zurich and its surrounding areas. Open Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00. Stadthausquai 17, 8001 Zurich.
Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich
Showing the beauty of the animal world through sight, touch and hearing. The skeleton of a mammoth and a number of models of rare and extinct species. With slide-shows, films and videos. Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zurich.
Municipal collection of succulent plants
Collection of drought resistant, succulent plants such as cacti, euphorbia, aloe, agave, crassula, echeveria, sedum and many others. Open daily 09:00-16:30. Mythenquai 88, 8002 Zurich.
Dinosaur Museum - Saurier Museum
For dinosaur fans young and old with special exhibits, workshops, childrens parties, private tours of the museum among some activities taking place. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-18:00. At Zurichstr. 69, 8607 Aathal.
Clock and watch museum Beyer Zurich
Housed in Zurichs shopping district, on the premises of the Beyer watch store. The exhibition comprises some 300 pieces from all fields of chronology. Monday-Friday 14:00-18:00 Bahnhofstrasse 31, 8001 Zurich.
Representing over 30 contemporary artists. The gallery works closely with the estates of Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow, Lee Lozano, Jason Rhoades, and Andre Thomkins. Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich.
Combination of a bar,museum and private collection of pinball machines and old video games.Contains 50 Flippers and about 10 old consoles. Open every last Thursday in the month from 20:30.Fuchsiastrasse 10,Zurich.
Johann Jacobs Museum
Every year, the museum puts on a new exhibition dealing with the cultural, social and political aspects of coffee. These exhibitions are based around the museums own collection. Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zurich.
Voliere Zurich
Home of rare and mostly exotic birds. Giant crown pigeons, new guinea, trogons, toucans and tragopans are featured. Mythenquai 1, 8002 Zurich.
Nature Centre Sihlwald
Fascinating natural reserve within minutes of the city of Zurich. Open April to October, Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-17:30, Sunday and public holidays 09:00-17:30. Sihltalstrasse 1684, 8135 Sihlwald.
Museum of the North American Native Culture
Gives an inside look at the culture of the Native North Americans. Exhibits rare cultural assets and a valuable series of engravings. Seefeldstrasse 317, 8008 Zurich.
ETH FocusTerra
FocusTerra houses one of Europes largest earth science research and teaching institutions. Providing vivid models, state-of-the-art experiments and spectacular exhibits. Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zurich.
Museum Bellerive
As the home of the applied arts collection of the Zurich Museum of Design, the museum has made an international name for itself as the leading Swiss museum of applied art. Contains unique objects and limited series. Hoeschgasse 3, 8008 Zurich.
Exhibition of hand-made carnival masks and figures. Artist Markus Klaeger. Rebstockstrasse 6, 8808 Freienbach.
Museum of Anthropology
Aimed at understanding the origins and evolution of human morphology and behavior. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12:00-18:00. Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich.
Municipal Gardens
This show garden contains thousands of flowers, including botanical rarities, two greenhouses, a pumpkin plantation and a colourful meadow. Open daily 09:00-11:30 and 13:30-16:30. Sackzelg 25-27, 8047 Zurich.