Zurich’s Kunsthaus is where you’ll find the best of Swiss fine art, alongside internationally renowned artists in a collection that extends back to the Middle Ages. Artists including Picasso, Monet and Lipchitz are on show, as well as a myriad of Swiss artists such as Rist, Hodler and Giacometti. No other fine arts museum in the country can match Zurich’s Kunsthaus for the sheer size of its collection.
Kunsthaus Zurich, Heimplatz 1, Zürich, +41 44 253 84 84
Within the campus of Zurich University is Switzerland’s top design museum and one of the most highly regarded museums of its kind in Europe. The museum’s collections are formed around four collections: Poster, Design, Graphics and Applied Art. Some 500,000 objects fall under these four collections and they chart the development of design from 1875 through to the industrial age in the 20th century.
Museum of Design, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich, +41 43 446 67 67
The University of Zurich’s Zoological Museum is arguably the best of its kind in Switzerland, perhaps rivaled by the Natural History Museum of Geneva. Animals native to Switzerland and others from the far flung corners of the world are featured in the museum’s halls, totaling over 1,500 exhibits to ponder. In addition, the museum has regular special exhibitions such as “Jellyeyes: Evolution and Vision”, a fascinating look into how our own two eyes came to be.
Zoological Museum, Universität Zürich, Karl-Schmid-Strasse 4, Zürich, +41 44 634 38 38
Feel the earth tremor beneath your feet at and learn what makes a volcano tick at focusTerra, a museum dedicated to Earth science. Packed with geology exhibitions, there are plenty of rocks and minerals, interactive projections and an earthquake simulator that’ll make your teeth chatter. Both educational and entertaining, focusTerra is perfect for children.
focusTerra, Sonneggstrasse 5, Zürich, + 41 44 632 62 81