Thursday, July 30, 2015

National Museum Zurich

Landesmuseum Zürich

The National Museum Zurich is located across from the train station in the heart of Zurich. This popular museum of cultural history, with its extraordinary 19th century architecture, has been designated a historical monument of national importance.

This was our first stop using the ZürichCARD, which gave us free entry to the museum.  Note that you'll have to check any bags in lockers that are provided free of charge.  You are allowed to take photographs, but please don't use flash when viewing any of the antique art works.

With over 820,000 exhibits, the Swiss National Museum has the largest collection documenting the cultural history of Switzerland and Swiss arts and crafts.

Interiors & Building Elements

A great variety of period rooms and individual building elements from the 15th to the 17th century. Partially reconstructed in the museum.
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These stained glass windows were just a small part of this collection.

Sculptures & More

In addition to furnishings, the museum boasts an outstanding collection of medieval wood carvings and framed altarpieces from Switzerland during the Middle Ages.

Despite spending quite an amount of time at the museum, we only scratched the surface of all the collections.

We highly recommend visiting this museum if you have any interest in learning more about Switzerland's history.  

This visit to Zurich was part of our pre-cruise stay before our Rhine & Moselle river cruise on the beautiful Avalon Artistry II.   We are writing a complete diary of our trip, with much more to come, including photo albums.

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Continue with us as we head for some lunch next. Can you guess where we might be headed (hint:  there's a panoramic view from the location)?    Click the image to continue the visit other posts in the series. 


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