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The 10 most exciting museums in Switzerland

Updated on April 07, 2022

Switzerland has a wide range of leisure activities to offer. This also includes museums. Whether culture, science or art - visitors are fascinated by what Switzerland has to offer. In this article, we have selected the 10 most exciting museums for you from over 1130.

1. Chaplin's World, Corsier-sur-Vevey

Chaplin's World Museum opened in 2016 in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. It is located in the Villa Manoir de Ban, where British comedian, director, composer and actor Charlie Chaplin lived for 24 years and eventually died. Chaplin's private and professional life is divided into two sections in the exhibition. The museum has documents as well as scenic, film and virtual productions from Chaplin's life and contains more than 30 wax figures of Chaplin and the people he came into contact with. These include various artists and politicians. Chaplin's World also features unique items such as his piano, violin and Oscars.

2. Kunsthaus, Zurich

The Kunsthaus Zürich not only inspires art fans, but others as well - because it is the largest art museum in Switzerland. If you want to immerse yourself in the world of Swiss art, then the Kunsthaus is the place for you. It includes 4,000 sculptures and paintings and about 100,000 works on paper. This is not the only thing that fascinates visitors: the collection, created in 1915, contains hand drawings and photographs from 5 centuries. Workshops, temporary exhibitions and guided tours will make your visit an unforgettable experience.

3. La maison du Gruyère, Gruyères

Every year, about 28,600 tons of the popular Gruyère cheese are produced. At the Maison du Gruyère, visitors can experience the production process with all their senses. You will get an impressive insight into the production of the famous cheese in both the old-fashioned and the modern way of production. At the end of the tour you can also taste the final product!

4. Landesmuseum Zurich, Zurich

Opened in 1898, the Landesmuseum is the most visited historical museum in Switzerland and definitely worth a visit. It was not always clear that the museum would eventually be located in Zurich, as other cantons also had many collections of their own. However, after major disputes, the canton of Zurich prevailed in 1891 at the federal level against the other candidate cities of Bern, Basel and Lucerne. Today, the National Museum's collection comprises over 860,000 objects and is divided into 14 collections. These include archaeology, jewelry and watches, painting and sculpture, and various special collections.

5. Maison Callier, Broc

Callier is one of the most delicious and popular chocolates in the world and already has a history of over 200 years. At Maison Cailler in Broc, an exciting museum tour of approximately one hour awaits you. During this tour you will have the opportunity to make unforgettable memories and experiences. You can create your own chocolate artwork to take home, learn more about the history of Swiss chocolate and participate in fun workshops.

6. Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, Zermatt

The Matterhorn is one of the highest mountains in the Alps and one of the most famous mountains in the world. In addition to visiting the fascinating ski slopes and other exciting winter activities, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the development and history of Zermatt throughout the year.  There is much to see at the Zermatlantis Museum, including the mountain guide house and the house depicting the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, where you can even find the broken rope and found objects from the first ascent. The original houses and multimedia rooms are also a huge fascination for visitors.

7. Museum Rietberg, Zurich

For a better insight into other cultures, you don't necessarily have to travel the world. Just visit Zurich's third largest museum Rietberg in Zurich-Enge. There, art from all over the world awaits you - America, Africa, Asia and Oceania - all under one roof. The collection includes about 23,000 objects and 37,000 photographs and lets you feel the diversity of distant religions and cultures. It is also the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland and shows you works and collections by various international artists. This includes, for example, exhibitions of mangas, Chinese jade miniatures spanning four millennia, and early studio photographs from West and Central Africa.

8. Technorama, Winterthur

Technorama lets you experience hundreds of natural and technological phenomena. At the countless experiment stations, visitors can get hands-on and experience and manipulate natural phenomena with all their senses to understand the world in a double sense. The special thing about Technorama is that you can touch everything and play and experiment with it. There you can expect not only extraordinary exhibitions, but also workshops, OpenLabs and exciting demonstrations.

9. Museum of Transport, Lucerne

The Museum of Transport in Lucerne, which opened in 1959, is the most visited museum in Switzerland. And not without reason - it shows the development of transport by road, rail, air, water and even outer space. In this museum you have the opportunity to look at more than 3,000 objects and even climb some of them. In addition to the numerous exhibitions, you will also get a glimpse of a movie theater with documentaries, you can go on virtual space walks in the planetarium and take a tour in a chocolate adventure that will appeal to all your senses. In addition, exciting and varied shows and events await you.

10. WOW Museum, Zurich

The three-story WOW Museum is a place full of illusions and amazing surprises. You can expect exciting optical illusions in about 12 crazy experience rooms, new perspectives and amazing sensory illusions. This museum is offers entertainment and amazement for everyone, whether you are with friends, family or colleagues.

Evgeniy Timoshenko

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