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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.