131 Museums in Switzerland that you should visit - With photos & details

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131 Museums to explore in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest nominal wealth per adult and the eighth-highest per capita GDP. It ranks at or near the top in several international metrics, including economic competitiveness and human development.

AlimentariumQuai Perdonnet 25, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland

Alimentarium is the first museum in the world devoted exclusively to nutrition. It offers an insight into the history and future of the human diet through interactive exhibitions, hands-on workshops, tastings, and cooking demonstrations.

Alpine Museum of SwitzerlandHelvetiapl. 4, 3005 Bern, Switzerland

The Swiss Alpine Museum is a museum dedicated to the nature and culture of the Swiss Alps. It is located at Helvetiaplatz 4 in Bern. was founded in 1905 by the Bernese section of the Swiss Alpine Club in the Rathaus Zum Äusseren Stand on Zeughausgasse. It displays exhibits concerning the geology, tectonics, glaciology, meteorology, flora, fauna, cartography, agriculture, folklore, settlement, alpinism, tourism, winter sports, endangerment, and protection of or in the Alps.

Alpineum MuseumDenkmalstrasse 11, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland

A small museum located close to the Lion monument, the Alpineum can only be accessed through a gift shop. The museum has an old-world charm and offers yet another view of the spectacular country. There are also so many interesting things to see in and around this museum.

Amphitheater of VindonissaHauserstrasse, 5210 Windisch, Switzerland

The amphitheatre of Vindonissa is the oldest in Switzerland. It was erected by the 13th legion, initially being made of wood. After a fire, the 21st legion replaced it with the stone structure that survives today. The seating area had a capacity of some 11,000 spectators while the oval arena in the centre measured 64x52 metres - the largest of the seven known amphitheatres on Swiss territory.

Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung LudwigSt. Alban-Graben 5, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

The Basel Museum of Ancient Art is the only Swiss museum devoted exclusively to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean region. The permanent exhibition contains ancient art mainly from Egyptian, Greek, Italic, Etruscan and Roman cultures. Located in the heart of the city of Basel, the museum is a place where the ancient world is regularly cast in a new light.

Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum SteinDorf, 9063 Stein, Switzerland

Located in the middle of the beautiful hill country of Appenzell and is mainly dedicated to the Appenzell alpine dairy culture and the textile home industry.

AQUATIS Aquarium-VivariumRoute de Berne 144, 1010 Lausanne, Switzerland

Aquatis is the largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe. It is an interesting mix of an aquarium, ZOO, and an educational interactive modern museum.

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air MuseumMuseumsstrasse 100, 3858 Hofstetten, Switzerland

Ballenberg is an open-air museum in Switzerland that displays traditional buildings and architecture from all over the country. Located near Brienz in the municipality of Hofstetten bei Brienz, Canton of Bern, Ballenberg has over 100 original buildings that have been transported from their original sites. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

Basel Historical Museum – BarfuesserkircheBarfüsserpl. 7, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

The historical museum Basel is housed in three separate buildings and ranks among the most important museums of cultural history on the Upper Rhine. The permanent exhibition spotlights Basel's historic identity at the crossroads between three cultures: Swiss, German and French. Several hundred historical accounts and artworks trace aspects of the city's history over the last thousand years.

Basel Historical Museum – MusikmuseumIm Lohnhof 9, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

The Music Museum is located in Basel, Switzerland, and houses the country's largest collection of musical instruments. The museum is one of three components of the Historisches Museum Basel. It presents five centuries of music history with three areas of emphasis: the history of music-making in Basel; concerts, choral music, and dance; parades, festivals, and signals.

Basel Paper MillSt. Alban-Tal 37, 4052 Basel, Switzerland

The Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing of Basel preserves and actively shares with visitors the ancient techniques that have allowed the collection and diffusion of ideas and knowledge throughout the centuries. The museum is located in a carefully restored building that began its life as a paper mill 500 years ago. It is a heritage site of national significance.

Basler MesseturmMessepl. 10, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

Basler Messeturm is a 32 story skyscraper in Basel designed by renowned architects Morger & Degelo & Marques and is an unmistakable landmark of the city with its green-tinted glass and metal structure. It was constructed in the year 2003 and is one of the renowned attractions in Basel.

Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein MuseumHelvetiapl. 5, 3005 Bern, Switzerland

The Bernisches Historisches Museum in Bern is one of the most important Museums of cultural history in Switzerland. The museum is housed in a Gothic-revival castle with a contemporary style. Its collections of history, archaeology, and ethnography include approximately 500,000 objects dating from the Stone Age to the present and representing cultures from all over the world.

Bible and Orient MuseumAvenue de l'Europe 20, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

The cabinet of exhibition of the collection the Bible and Orient Museum offers an outline of the distant world of the ancient east cradle of the biblical texts and three world religions. A collection of Egyptian seals  as well as a significant collection of cylindrical seals are to be seen in the cabinet. It was one of the unique museums in Switzerland and also attracts a lot of tourists here.

blonay-chamby museum railwayPl. de la Gare 3, 1807 Blonay, Switzerland

The Blonay - Chamby Railway and Museum was opened in 1968 with the aims of operating the meter-gauge railway line from Blonay to Chamby and in doing so preserving railway equipment of technical or historic value. The century-old steam or electric trains take visitors from Blonay on a journey through viaducts, tunnels, and pastures that offer a beautiful view of the Vaud Riviera, Lake Geneva, and Savoy.

Bündner KunstmuseumBahnhofstrasse 35, 7000 Chur, Switzerland

The collection at the Bündner Kunstmuseum has grown since its foundation around 1900 as a result of Grisons’ special cultural situation: this includes its character shaped by the mountain landscape and interaction between emigration and tourism. A great collection was created with numerous works by Angelika Kauffmann, the Giacometti family of artists, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the "Rot-Blau" artists’ group, who all have a close relationship with the canton of Grisons and are important to art histor

Cantonal Museum of Fine ArtsPlace de la Gare 16, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

The Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts is an art museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. The museum showcases more than 10,000 artworks.

Cantonal Museum of Prehistory (s)Hofstrasse 15, 6300 Zug, Switzerland

The Museum of Prehistory, which displays archaeological finds from Canton Zug; the castle houses the Museum of Cultural History of the town and Canton Zug, and the Zug Art Gallery attracts visitors with its exhibitions. There are so many exhibitions which pave light to the history of Switzerland also it is a helpful one for children.

Caricature & Cartoon Museum BaselSt. Alban-Vorstadt 28, 4052 Basel, Switzerland

The cartoon museum in Basel is the only museum in Switzerland dedicated to cartoons and caricatures. It has a  collection of almost 3,400 original works and its curated, thematic and/or monographic exhibitions of original art, it has gained the position of a competence centre for the art of the satirical drawing.

Centre Dürrenmatt NeuchâtelChemin du Pertuis-du-Sault 74, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel showcases the work of the Swiss writer and painter Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Known throughout the world for his plays and novels, he was also a passionate painter and draughtsman throughout his life. The CDN also stages temporary exhibitions and events, especially concerts and discussions.