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Th 10:00 – 19:00

Fr – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

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Tu – Fr 10:00 – 17:00

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Special opening times

Sa 12/21/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/22/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Fourth Advent

Mo 12/23/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/24/2019 10:00 – 14:00 Christmas Eve

We 12/25/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Christmas

Th 12/26/2019 10:00 – 17:00 St. Stephen´s Day

Fr 12/27/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Sa 12/28/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/29/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Mo 12/30/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/31/2019 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Eve

We 1/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Day

Th 1/2/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Saint Berchtold

Fr 4/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday

Su 4/12/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter

Mo 4/13/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter Monday

Mo 4/20/2020 closed Sechseläuten

Fr 5/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Labour Day

Th 5/21/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Ascension Day

Su 5/31/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whitsun

Mo 6/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whit Monday

Sa 8/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Swiss National Holiday

Sa 9/5/2020 18:00 – 23:59 Zurich's long night of museums

Su 9/6/2020 0:00 – 2:00 Zurich's long night of museums

Mo 9/14/2020 closed Knabenschiessen

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Opening times

Museum, boutique and bistro

Tu – We 10:00 – 17:00

Th 10:00 – 19:00

Fr – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

Library

Tu – Fr 10:00 – 17:00

Th 10:00 – 19:00

Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Sa 12/21/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/22/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Fourth Advent

Mo 12/23/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/24/2019 10:00 – 14:00 Christmas Eve

We 12/25/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Christmas

Th 12/26/2019 10:00 – 17:00 St. Stephen´s Day

Fr 12/27/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Sa 12/28/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Su 12/29/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Mo 12/30/2019 10:00 – 17:00

Tu 12/31/2019 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Eve

We 1/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Day

Th 1/2/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Saint Berchtold

Fr 4/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday

Su 4/12/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter

Mo 4/13/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter Monday

Mo 4/20/2020 closed Sechseläuten

Fr 5/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Labour Day

Th 5/21/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Ascension Day

Su 5/31/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whitsun

Mo 6/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whit Monday

Sa 8/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Swiss National Holiday

Sa 9/5/2020 18:00 – 23:59 Zurich's long night of museums

Su 9/6/2020 0:00 – 2:00 Zurich's long night of museums

Mo 9/14/2020 closed Knabenschiessen

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A Magic Carpet ride through history

National Museum Zurich
published on 24.10.2019

A new family exhibition at the National Museum Zurich invites you to join us on a journey through time. Spread over three themed rooms, the exhibition allows visitors to step back into the past.

Many children dream of travelling back in time. In the new permanent exhibition ‘A Magic Carpet ride through history’, we make this dream come true! Spread over three separate spaces, visitors can explore the topics ‘Orient’, ‘Seafaring’ and ‘Railways’, with plenty of hands-on fun. In an Arabian palace, on the deck of a large sailing ship and in a vintage railway carriage, young Museum visitors can really get a feel for these momentous eras in global history.

From the early Middle Ages onwards, the Orient had an immense influence on the western world. Trade routes brought valuable knowledge to Europe, and this new information was quickly dispersed throughout the region and beyond. For instance, the Arab numerical system left its mark on schooling and business, while the medical field benefitted from significant discoveries and inventions. In the 15th century, Europeans sailed into unknown waters. New shipbuilding techniques made it possible to undertake long voyages on the high seas. The masters of maritime navigation were at home in Portugal and Spain, and it was from these countries that the exotic products the seafarers brought back to their homeland found their way to every corner of the globe. The invention of the railway in the 19th century meant people and goods could be transported much faster, and brought the big, wide world within reach. The railway accelerated industrialisation, boosted tourism and, with its bridges and tunnels, dramatically altered the landscape of Switzerland.

The family exhibition ‘A Magic Carpet ride through history’ combines learning with activities designed specially for children. The exquisitely designed backdrop provides space for imaginations to run free at the Museum, and the beautiful original objects are important witnesses to these epochs in the cultural history of our world.

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On board the caravel, seafarers go on a voyage of discovery and get a glimpse of distant shores.

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In the Arabian palace, children hear stories from the 1001 Nights.

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In the recreated railway carriage, passengers travel through mountain scenery while listening to thrilling children’s stories about the railway.

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Fascinating original items in amongst the playfully designed exhibits invite visitors to spend a few minutes finding out more.

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“Tickets, please!” – The conductor is also along for the ride, and checks that all passengers have a valid ticket for their journey. He clips their tickets with his ticket punch. SBB conductor’s pouch (about 1973), ticket punch for conductors (about 1930) and Taxmarke revenue stamp canister for SBB conductors/train drivers (1900-1990).

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Invitation for young adventurers to travel to bygone worlds at the Museum.

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