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Switzerland's best museums

We have selected for you the most important museums in Switzerland, for the main cities to visit as well as at the end of the page those that complete the cultural landscape.

Our partner for Switzerland, the Geneva agency Illico Travel can organize your trip, with guided tours of the cities or a more complete program with transportation and hotels. Gianna and her team will be able to offer you their services according to your needs.
Foto: © MIH, J. Hoffman / © Zentrum Paul Klee

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Museums Geneva Switzerland

Museums of Geneva to visit

International Red Cross Museum

Geneva International Red Cross Museum

Discover the fascinating history of the world's first humanitarian organisation! Photos, films, objects and documents are presented through audio-visual displays and computer terminals. The unique setting of the Today area plunges you into the thick of current actions and gives you access to the latest news from the field. The Café Dunant is a multimedia area which provides information on the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in an interactive and entertaining way. Photo: © MICR Alain Germond

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm (5pm: November-March)
Ticket prices:
• 15 CHF - 7 CHF (reduced rate)
Address:
• Av. de la Paix 17, 1202 Genève - www.redcrossmuseum.ch

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Geneva Museum of Ethnography

Geneva Museum Ethnography

The Museum of Ethnography of Geneva (MEG) with its new pagoda-shaped building was inaugurated in October 2014 and won the European Museum Award in April 2017. The museum is listed as a cultural asset of national importance.

The "Archives of Human Diversity" is a selection covering several centuries of history with a hundred civilizations and cultures represented by more than a thousand remarkable objects: reference objects, historical objects, art objects testifying to human creativity. There are many hidden treasures that had not been exhibited for several generations. Photo: © Nicole Zermatten – Ville de Genève

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 6 pm
Ticket prices:
• 9 CHF for temporary exhibitions - The permanent exhibitions of Geneva's museums can be visited free of charge, we indicate below * which ones are concerned.
Address:
• Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65, 1205 Genève
www.ville-ge.ch

Other museums in Geneva

Here is the list of other museums in Geneva for all interests and ages. Visit the museum's website for special rates and schedules on public holidays. Despite regular checks, changes are always possible. You will find here the list of all the museums of Geneva. Your guide will advise you during the guided walking tour of Geneva. * Access to the permanent exhibitions of the museums of the City of Geneva is free of charge.

Natural History Museum

Route de Malagnou 1, Genève
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm *
Natural History Museum

History of Science Museum

Rue de Lausanne 128, Genève
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm *
History of Science Museum

Art and History Museum

Rue Charles-Galland 2, Genève
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm *
Art and History Museum

MAMCO Museum

Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, Genève
Variable (Wednesday-Sunday)
www.mamco.ch

Ariana Museum

Avenue de la Paix 10, Genève
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm *
ARIANA

Museum of the Reformation

Rue du Cloître 4, Genève
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
www.musee-reforme.ch
Museums lausanne Switzerland

Museums of LAUSANNE to visit

Olympic Museum of Lausanne

Olympic Museum Lausanne

Would you like to relive great Olympic moments? Feel the pulse of the champions? Discover the creative flair of the host cities? The world of the Games with its many facets will open up to you. The Museum has 3000 m2 of exhibition space, over 1500 exhibits, 150 screens and our passion, combining to create the ultimate experience. From The Olympic Park, with its sports installations and sculptures, to the TOM Café and its menus inspired by the cuisine of cities who have hosted the Games, you will have great stories to tell. Take your time, the view of the lake is already enough to take your breath away. Photo: © LT / Laurent Kaczor

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 9am - 6pm (10am: November-December)
Ticket prices:
• 18 CHF - 10-16 CHF (reduced rates)
Address:
• Quai d'Ouchy 1, 1006 Lausanne
www.olympic.org

Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts

Cantonal Museum Fine Arts PLATEFORME 10 lausanne

The MCBA has moved into its new building and opened its doors just a stone's throw from the Lausanne train station. It will be joined by the Elysée Museum and the Mudac by 2021: a vast plot of land in the center of the city will be entirely devoted to culture. Fine arts, photography, design, textile arts; these artistic fields have, by their very nature, a dialogue to conduct. The meeting of the MCBA, the Elysée Museum and the Mudac, complemented by the presence of the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton Foundations, will form PLATEFORME 10, a new "arts district" located next to the Lausanne train station. /texte/ Photo: © Agence de presse ARC

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm (Thursday 8pm)
Ticket prices:
• Permanent Expo Free - Temporary 20 CHF
Address:
• Place de la Gare 16, 1003 Lausanne
www.mcba.ch

Other museums in Lausanne

Here is the list of other museums in Lausannefor all interests and ages. Visit the museum's website for special rates and schedules on public holidays. Despite regular checks, changes are always possible. You will find here the list of all the museums of Lausanne. Your guide will advise you during the guided walking tour of Lausanne. * Access to certain permanent exhibitions is free.

Elysée Museum

Avenue de l'Elysée 18, Lausanne
Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 6pm *
www.elysee.ch

Hermitage Foundation

Route du Signal 2, Lausanne
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm (Thursday 9pm)
www.fondation-hermitage.ch

Roman Museum of Lausanne

Chemin du Bois-de-Vaux 24, Lausanne
Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 6pm
www.museeromain.ch

Art Brut Collection

11, av. des Bergières, Lausanne
Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 6pm
www.artbrut.ch

Museum of Archaeology and History

Place de la Riponne 6, Lausanne
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm *
www.mcah.ch

Lausanne Historical Museum

Place de la Cathédrale 4, Lausanne
Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 6pm
www.lausanne.ch/mhl
Neuchatel Switzerland museums

Museums of NEUCHATEL to visit

International Watch Museum

International Watch clock Museum chaux de fonds

Cleverly housed in the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry, the award-winning International Museum of Watchmaking with its innovative architecture provides an ideal setting for the world's largest collection devoted entirely to the measurement of time. Covering an area of more than 2000 m2 , the exhibition offers a playful journey from the 16th century to the present day to discover the technical, artistic, social, economic and cultural history of Swiss and international watchmaking. With the help of a unique museographic concept, the mysteries of time are unveiled from the first sundials to the atomic clock, as well as the clocks, watches, chronometers and automatons that have marked the watchmaking past. Photo: © MIH, J. Hoffman

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm
Ticket prices:
• 15 CHF or free with the Neuchâtel Tourist Card
Address:
• Rue des Musées 29, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds - WEB MIH

LATENIUM - Park and Museum of Archaeology

LATENIUM Park museum Archaeology neuchatel

Between the North Sea and the Mediterranean, 500 centuries of regional and European history: this is the theme of the permanent exhibition of the Latenium. From today and up to the time of the Neanderthals, from the surface of the earth to the depths of the Jura caves, the visitor's journey takes him through the fundamental stages of human evolution, art, techniques, and the relationship between man and nature, one by one. Simple and marvellous at the same time, the reality delivered by the archaeological excavations is enough to satisfy the thirst for mystery! The Laténium was awarded for its museography and architecture, the value of its collections, and the integration of the museum into its environment. Photo: © Laténium, Quentin Bacchus

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm
Ticket prices:
• 9 CHF or free with the Neuchâtel Tourist Card
Address:
• Espace Paul Vouga, 2068 Hauterive - www.latenium.ch

Other museums in Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel, a less known city, but we recommend a stay there, for museums, its landscapes like the Creux-du-Van and the quality tourist offer. You will find here the list of all the museums of the Canton of Neuchâtel. Your guide will advise you during the guided walking tour of Neuchâtel. If you spend one or more nights in the canton of Neuchâtel you will get the Neuchâtel Tourist Card with all the museums and public transportation free of charge.

Natural History Museum

Rue des Terreaux 14, Neuchâtel
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm
www.museum-neuchatel.ch

Ethnography Museum

Rue Saint-Nicolas 4, Neuchâtel
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
www.men.ch

Fine Arts and History Museum

Esplanade Léopold-Robert 1, Neuchâtel
Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 6pm
www.mahn.ch

Dürrenmatt Center Neuchâtel

Chemin du Pertuis-du-Sault 74, Neuchâtel
Wednesday-Sunday 11am - 5pm
www.cdn.ch

Other places to discover

• Asphalt Mines / Travers
www.mines-asphalte.ch

• Undergroud Mills of Col-des-Roches
www.lesmoulins.ch

• Absinthe House
www.maison-absinthe.ch

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Museums Berne Switzerland

Museums of Berne to visit

Paul Klee Center and Museum

Paul Klee Center and Museum

The Paul-Klee Center founded by surgeon Maurice Edmond Müller is one of the major cultural institutions in Switzerland and is dedicated to the German painter Paul Klee (1879-1940), who spent a good half of his life in Bern. Of the almost 10,000 works of art, 40%, i.e. around 4,000 paintings, watercolors and drawings, as well as archival and biographical documents, have been collected at the Centre Paul Klee, making it the world's largest collection of Klee's works. The museum was designed by the architect Renzo Piano and opened in 2005. The Centre is therefore not limited to the presentation of Klee's artistic work, but is an interdisciplinary platform for artistic expression. Photo: © Zentrum Paul Klee

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm
Ticket prices:
• 20 CHF - 10 CHF Students
Address:
• Monument im Fruchtland 3, 3006 Bern - www.zpk.org

Museum of Communication

Museum of Communication bern Kommunikation

The Museum of Communication in Bern is the only museum in Switzerland that deals exclusively with the history of communication. It focuses not only on technology, but on all aspects of human relationships. At the beginning of its history (1893) it was dedicated solely to the history of the post and telegram and to evolve in the course of new developments in Communication, all particularly since 1990 in its new building. In 2018 it becomes the fourth Swiss museum to be awarded the European Museum of the Year Prize. A museum both for lovers of new technologies and for philately enthusiasts. Photo: © Museum für Kommunikation / Beat Schweizer

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm
Ticket prices:
• 10 CHF - or Museum Card Bern 24 or 48 hours
Address:
• Helvetiastrasse 16, 3000 Bern
www.mfk.ch

Other museums in Bern

Here is the list of other museums in Bern for all interests and ages. Visit the museum's website for special rates and schedules on public holidays. Despite regular checks, changes are always possible. You will find here the list of all the museums of Bern. Your guide will advise you during the guided walking tour of Bern. * L'accès à certaines expositions permanentes est libre.

Natural History Museum

Bernastrasse 15, 3005 Bern
Every day - Schedules very variable
www.nmbe.ch

Museum of the History of Bern

Helvetiapl. 5, 3005 Bern
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
www.bhm.ch

Einstein Museum

Helvetiapl. 5, 3005 Bern
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
www.bhm.ch

Fine Arts Museum

Hodlerstrasse 8, 3011 Bern
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm (Tuesday 9pm)
www.kunstmuseumbern.ch

Alpine Museum

Helvetiapl. 4, 3005 Bern
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
www.alpinesmuseum.ch

Kornhausforum

Kornhauspl. 18, 3011 Bern
Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
www.kornhausforum.ch
Museums lucerne Switzerland

Museums of Lucerne to visit

Museum of Transport

Museum Transport lucerne

The Swiss Museum of Transport is by far the most visited museum in Switzerland and particularly interesting if you are with your family. It presents a collection of vehicles (locomotives, railcars, automobiles, boats, airplanes, satellites, space vehicles), more than 3,000 objects on 22,500 m² of exhibition space. But you will also find a Planetarium, a 3D cinema or the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Thus the prices are variable. You should count on one day, especially with the children and the attractions on offer. Photo: © Verkehrshaus

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Every day 10 am - 6 pm (5pm in winter)
Ticket prices:
• Different rates, normally 32 CHF
Address:
• Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern - www.verkehrshaus.ch

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum Art Lucerne

During your trip to Switzerland, you will necessarily pass through one of its most beautiful cities, Lucerne with its famous bridge dating in part from 1333 (fire in 1994). By far, the most important museum to visit is the Museum of Transport, but the Museum of Art is also worth a visit to discover the great Swiss artists from the Renaissance to the present day, such as Ferdinand Hodler, Felix Vallotton or Hans Emmenegger. The museum is located in the Palais de la Culture et des Congrès built in 1998 by Jean Nouvel. Photo: © Luzern Tourismus / Beat Brechbühl

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 6 pm
Ticket prices:
• 15 CHF - reduced rate 6/12 CHF
Address:
• Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern - www.kunstmuseumluzern.ch

Other museums in Lucerne

Here is the list of other museums in Lucernefor all interests and ages. Visit the museum's website for special rates and schedules on public holidays. Despite regular checks, changes are always possible. You will find here the list of all the museums of Lucerne. Your guide will advise you during the guided walking tour of Lucerne.

Historical Museum of Lucerne

Pfistergasse 24, 6003 Luzern
Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 5pm
historischesmuseum.lu.ch

Bourbaki Panorama - 1871

Löwenplatz 11, 6004 Lucerne
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm (5pm in winter)
www.bourbakipanorama.ch

The Glacier Garden

Denkmalstrasse 4, 6006 Luzern
Every day de 10 am - 6 pm
gletschergarten.ch
Museums Zurich Switzerland

Museums of Zurich to visit

Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum zurich

In its permanent exhibitions, the National Museum Zurich presents the history of Switzerland from its origins to the present day. "Swiss Archaeology" traces the main stages of human history from prehistory to Christianization in the High Middle Ages. "History of Switzerland" describes the development of Switzerland over a period of 550 years and is projected into the history of the present. With more than 7,000 objects on display, the exhibition of the collections in the historic west wing highlights Swiss crafts and decorative arts. In the exhibition for families, carpets fly through history in a playful way. Photo: © Swiss National Museum

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm (Thursday 7pm)
Ticket prices:
• 10 CHF - Free until 16 years old
Address:
• Museumstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich - www.nationalmuseum.ch

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum Fine Arts Zurich

By 2020, the Kunsthaus Zürich is Switzerland's largest art museum with works from the 13th century to the present day. Not only does it boast the largest collection of works by Munch, the most important outside Norway, but also the most important collection of works by Alberto Giacometti, as well as major works of Impressionism and modern art from Picasso, Monet and Chagall to Beckmann, Kokoschka and Corinth. Alongside the Pop Art of Warhol and Hamilton, artists such as Rothko, Twombly, Beuys and Baselitz are also represented. Photo: Expressionismus: Edvard Munch - © Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm (Wed. Thursday 8pm)
Ticket prices:
• 16 CHF for the permanent collection - 26 CHF complete
Address:
• Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich - www.kunsthaus.ch

Other museums in Zurich

Here is the list of other museums in Zurichfor all interests and ages. Visit the museum's website for special rates and schedules on public holidays. Despite regular checks, changes are always possible. You will find here the list of all the museums of Zurich. Your guide will advise you during the guided walking tour of Zurich.

FIFA Museum

Seestrasse 27, 8002 Zürich
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm
www.fifamuseum.com

Design Museum

Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zürich
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm (Wednesday 8pm)
www.museum-gestaltung.ch

Rietberg Museum

Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm (Wednesday 8pm)
www.rietberg.ch

Kunsthalle Zürich

Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich
Tuesday-Sunday 11-11h (Thursday 8pm)
kunsthallezurich.ch

MIGROS Museum Contemporary Art

Limmatstrasse 270, 8031 Zürich
Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 6pm (Thursday 8pm)
www.migrosmuseum.ch

Focus Terra of ETHZ

Sonneggstrasse 5, 8006 Zürich
Sunday-Friday variable opening hours
focusterra.ethz.ch
Museums Basel Switzerland

Museums of Basel to visit

Tinguely Museum

Tinguely Museum Basel

With his kinetic works, Tinguely became a major forerunner in the art of the second half of the 20th century. His work focuses on machines, whose functions and movements are of particular interest to him, as well as the noises they generate and the poetry that inhabits them. The Tinguely Museum designed by the famous Swiss architect from Ticino, Mario Botta, was opened in 1996 thanks to the commitment of his wife Niki de Saint Phalle, who made substantial donations to this Baltic institution financed by Hoffmann-La Roche AG. With the Fondation Beyeler (see below), a museum that is a must to visit. Photo: © Basel Tourismus

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 6 pm
Ticket prices:
• 18 CHF - 12 CHF (reduced rates)
Museums Pass: 335 museums for 112 CHF / 1 year
Address:
• Paul Sacher-Anlage 2, 4002 Basel - www.tinguely.ch

Site et musée romain Augusta Raurica

Archaeological site Roman museum Augusta Raurica bâle

Augusta Raurica is the first Roman city to come into being after the first Roman invasion of Germania by Julius Caesar and thus the first name of Basel. Today it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Switzerland with the best preserved ancient theater north of the Alps. Augusta Raurica is an ideal excursion destination for families, with its museum and numerous witnesses of the past along an open-air archaeological walk. Archaeological excavations are still in progress and are part of the program of guided tours offered. Photo: © Augusta Raurica / Susanne Schenker

Museums Guide

Opening hours:
• Every day 10am - 5pm
Access:
• From the main station, line S1 (12 min.) to Kaiseraugust, then 11 min. on foot - Museum entrance CHF 8
Address:
• Giebenacherstrasse 17, 4302 Augst - www.augustaraurica.ch

Other museums in Basel

Here is the list of other museums in Basel for all interests and ages. Visit the museum's website for special rates and schedules on public holidays. Despite regular checks, changes are always possible. You will find here the list of all the museums of Basel. Your guide will advise you during the guided walking tour of Basel. * Access to certain permanent exhibitions is free.

The Beyeler Foundation

Baselstrasse 101, 4125 Riehen/Basel
Monday-Sunday 10am - 6pm (Wed. 8pm)
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

Vitra Design Museum

Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein
Monday-Sunday 12am - 5pm
www.design-museum.de

Kunstmuseum Basel

St. Alban-Graben 16, 4051 Basel
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm (Wed. 8pm)
www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch

Historical Museum of Basel

In three different locations
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
www.hmb.ch

Natural History Museum

Augustinergasse 2, 4051 Basel
Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 5pm
www.nmbs.ch

Kunsthalle Basel

Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5/6pm
www.museeromain.ch

Other international museums in Switzerland

Below you will find some of the most visited museums in Switzerland. We invite you to visit the websites for more information. Theagence Illico Travel will be happy to organize your trip to Switzerland and will be happy to advise you.

Pierre Gianadda Foundation

The Giannada Foundation, located at the entrance to the Valais region, offers some of the most important art exhibitions in Switzerland..
Rue du Forum 59, 1920 Martigny
Every day 9am - 7pm (Nov-June 10am - 6pm)
www.gianadda.ch

Chaplin's World

Chaplin's World is a mix between a museum and an amusement park dedicated to the memory of Charlie Chaplin who lived there from 1952 until his death in 1977.
Route de Fenil 2, 1804 Corsier-sur-Vevey
Every day 10am - 6pm
www.chaplinsworld.com

Gruyère and its museums

The town and the region of Gruyère are waiting for you, visit the town, its castle, the HR Giger museum, the Maison du Gruyère. More information on www.la-gruyere.ch

Cailler Chocolate House

Not far from Gruyère, the famous chocolate maker has created a museum with great success..
Rue Jules Bellet 7, 1636 Broc
Every day 10am - 6pm
www.cailler.ch

Museum of Musical Boxes

If you are in the Jura region of the canton of Vaud, we recommend a visit to the Centre International de la Mécanique d'Art.
Rue de l'Industrie 2, 1450 Sainte-Croix
www.musees.ch

Open Air Museum Ballenberg

For a long time, an institution in Switzerland, Ballenberg is 109 buildings of the Swiss agricultural world on 66 hectares..
Museumsstrasse 100, 3858 Hofstetten
10 April - 31 October 2021 - 10am to 5 pm
www.ballenberg.ch

Swiss Science Center Technorama

The Technorama is the reference museum for science and technology in Winterthur..
Technoramastrasse 1, 8404 Winterthur
Every day de 10 à 17h
www.technorama.ch

Swissminiatur

Swissminiatur is the largest open-air miniature museum in Switzerland, located in Melide in the beautiful Italian-speaking canton of Ticino on the shores of Lake Lugano.
April - October: Every day 9am - 6pm
www.swissminiatur.ch

Zermatlantis

The museum in Zermat dedicated to the history of the Matterhorn
Kirchplatz, 3920 Zermatt
Every day 2pm - 6pm
www.zermatt.ch