HISTORY OF SWITZERLAND Museums in Switzerland

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History of Switzerland: Introduction / Sitemap A Short History of Switzerland History of Switzerland: Detailed Timeline  Early Swiss History
Prehistory: Lake-dwellings in Switzerland Swiss History: Celtic Helvetians Switzerland during the Age of Romans, Aventicum Aventicum, Old Swiss Capital in the Age of Romans Switzerland during the Middle Ages  Old Swiss History
The Old Swiss Confederacy (1291-1515) William Tell (Switzerland's National Hero) The Swiss Reformation (Calvin, Zwingli)  A Modern Constitution
Swiss Revolution and Helvetic Republic (1798) Switzerland's Federal Constitution (1848) History of Switzerland's Flag Switzerland's Political System The Long Way to Women's Right to Vote  Industrialisation
Industrialisation in Switzerland Johanna Spyri: Heidi, the girl from the alps - A bestseller about times of change  World War II
World War II: General Timeline Switzerland's Role in World War II Spiritual Defense against Nazism Switzerland's Economic Dependence and Rationing Jewish Refugees Looted Assets Switzerland's Neutrality Switzerland's National Public Radio Station Beromünster  Country & People
Basic information about Switzerland - country profile Switzerland's Population and Languages Important Swiss monuments: pictures and meaning  Links
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Museums in Switzerland

There are more than 900 museums in Switzerland - one museum per 7500 inhabitants. The number of museums has tripled after World War II. Many of these are small museums dedicated to the local history of villages. The total number of entries amounts to about 10 million per year, in other words, everybody in Switzerland above 6 years and not too infirm to leave the home visits an average of two museums a year.

Historical Museums in Switzerland


Middle Ages, Castles

Old Swiss Confederacy

Technical and Science Museums in Switzerland

  • Swiss Transport Museum (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz)
    • most comprehensive traffic and telecom museum in Europe
    • IMAX® movie theatre
    • Planetarium
    • Hans Erni Museum: Over 300 works express this artist's special relationship to technology

  • Technorama, Winterthur (the exhibition includes ERMETH, the first computer designed and built in Switzerland in the 1950's)

  • cameramuseum, Vevey

  • Museum für Kommunikation, Bern

Museums of Natural History in Switzerland

  • Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten, Lucerne)
    Natural monument with gigantic glacial potholes and erratic blocks from the Ice Age 20,000 years ago; fossilized shells and palm leaves from 20 million years ago. Inside: the oldest relief maps of Switzerland, historical model of the city, mirror labyrinth.

  • Museum of Natural History, Lucerne
    One of the most attractive Natural History museums in Switzerland

  • Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

  • Alpineum 3D-Panorama of the Alps, Lucerne
    One of the first three-dimensional representations showing the most beautiful mountains of Switzerland: Mount Pilate, Rigi, Jungfrau, Monte Rosa, Matterhorn

Museums of Art in Switzerland

  • Lucerne's Art Museum (fourth largest in Switzerland, contemporary art)

  • The Rosengart Collection
    Over 200 paintings and drawings by Picasso, Klee, Léger, Miró Braque and other famous masters of the 19th and 20th centuries

  • Picasso Museum
    Extraordinary collection of important works by Picasso from the last 20 years of his life

  • Richard Wagner Museum
    Former residence of the famous composer. Collection of antique musical instruments.

And here is an almost complete list of those Swiss museums that have an internet homepage:
Linklist to Swiss Museums

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