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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Permanent exhibition “History of Switzerland”

National Museum Zurich
published on 10.4.2019

The new, 1000-m2 Swiss history exhibition depicts how Switzerland came to be over a period of 550 years – beginning in the late Middle Ages, through the early modern era to the democratic institutions challenged by globalisation today.

In addition to citizenship, the right to vote and separation of powers, a democratic society needs an integrative community. This includes participation in national institutions and identification with shared symbols. How these institutions came to be and the use of such symbols is the central theme of the new permanent “History of Switzerland” exhibition. Local, language-regional and international puzzle pieces illustrate this interplay and the development process from the Old Swiss Confederacy into a modern federal state.

The new permanent “History of Switzerland” exhibition thus takes you on a tour from the 15th to the 21st century. The journey through the centuries conveys the historical context of regional movements and international using selected exhibits: Unique manuscripts and famous pieces, such as Charles Le Brun’s Alliance Tapestry from 1663 and the anti-aircraft cannon by the Bührle company, highlight important social and economic setbacks and achievements in Switzerland. The exhibition explains the development of Switzerland at various turning points.

The history of Switzerland is also a history of borders that have been formed and repeatedly moved, whether they are geographical, linguistic or religious borders. The continually renewed attempts to overcome these divisions made it possible to become a modern, sovereign state in the heart of Europe. The exhibition also crosses a time boundary that is often considered taboo for historical museums. It dares to examine contemporary history. The part of the exhibition dedicated to the 21st century deals with global issues such as migration, climate change and robotics. Questions are posed for the present day. The answers to these questions will shape Switzerland’s future.

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Booty from the Swabian War, flag fragment, around 1490. Painted silk taffeta. Swiss National Museum

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Les Suisses illustres, painting, around 1829, Jean-Elie Dautun, Lausanne. Oil on canvas. Swiss National Museum

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Section of railway line in the Biaschina gorge, 1888, A.C. Champagne. Digital print. Swiss National Museum

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Seal of the Federal Treaty, print, after 1816, Zurich. Aquatint on paper. Swiss National Museum

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Federal constitution of 1848, Laurenz Lüthi, Solothurn. Gouache and calligraphy on paper. Swiss National Museum

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Model of the parliament building, scale 1 :100, made by Zaborowsky Modellbau, Zurich. Acrylic glass PVC, CNC-milled and sprayed. Swiss National Museum

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Alternator, 1895, Brown, Boveri & Cie., Baden. Cast steel. Swiss National Museum

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5.3 cm rapid-fire cannon with mobile armoured gun carriage, 1892, Grusonwerk, Magdeburg. Steel. Swiss National Museum

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Flag of the Swiss embassy in Berlin, before 1940. Viscose. Swiss National Museum

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Sign with bullet holes, around 1945, Budapest. Enamelled sheet metal. Archiv für Zeitgeschichte, Zurich

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Helvetia with a spear at the ready, FBB banner, around 1976, Helen Pinkus-Rymann, Margareta Peters Zurich. Painted fabric. Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv

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A view of the exhibition. Swiss National Museum

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A view of the exhibition. Swiss National Museum

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