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Th 10:00 - 19:00

Fr – Su 10:00 - 17:00

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Tu – We, Fr 10:00 - 18:00

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Special opening times

Tu, 12/21/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/22/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/23/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/24/2021 10:00 - 14:00, Christmas Eve

Sa, 12/25/2021 10:00 - 17:00, Christmas

Su, 12/26/2021 10:00 - 17:00, St. Stephen´s Day

Mo, 12/27/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Tu, 12/28/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/29/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/30/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/31/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Sa, 1/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, New Year´s Day

Su, 1/2/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Saint Berchtold

Fr, 4/15/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Good Friday

Su, 4/17/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter

Mo, 4/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter Monday

Mo, 4/25/2022 closed, Sechseläuten

Su, 5/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Labour Day

Th, 5/26/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Ascension Day

Su, 6/5/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whitsun

Mo, 6/6/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whit Monday

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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

Library

Tu – We, Fr 10:00 - 18:00

Th 10:00 - 19:00

Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Tu, 12/21/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/22/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/23/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/24/2021 10:00 - 14:00, Christmas Eve

Sa, 12/25/2021 10:00 - 17:00, Christmas

Su, 12/26/2021 10:00 - 17:00, St. Stephen´s Day

Mo, 12/27/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Tu, 12/28/2021 10:00 - 17:00

We, 12/29/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Th, 12/30/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Fr, 12/31/2021 10:00 - 17:00

Sa, 1/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, New Year´s Day

Su, 1/2/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Saint Berchtold

Fr, 4/15/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Good Friday

Su, 4/17/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter

Mo, 4/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter Monday

Mo, 4/25/2022 closed, Sechseläuten

Su, 5/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Labour Day

Th, 5/26/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Ascension Day

Su, 6/5/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whitsun

Mo, 6/6/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whit Monday

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Stereomania. Switzerland in 3D

National Museum Zurich | 23.7.2021 - 17.10.2021
published on 15.7.2021

In the 19th century, stereoscopic images were wildly popular viewing in parlours across the globe. The three-dimensional depiction of photographs won legions of fans, and was also instrumental in driving the nascent tourism industry.

‘Stereomania. Switzerland in 3D’ takes visitors on a journey back to 1900. The exhibition focuses primarily on stereoscopic photographs of Switzerland from 1860 to 1910.

With a new type of picture card and a viewer, known as a stereoscope, people could enter a whole new world of three-dimensional images. This technical innovation captivated the public and was inexpensive to produce. International publishing houses distributed the stereoscopic cards worldwide, quickly making them a global mass medium. Tourist subjects were especially popular. The stereoscopic images sparked wanderlust in the parlours and living rooms of the middle classes, and people began obsessively collecting the cards. Switzerland as a tourist destination greatly benefited from the stereoscope craze. The wide circulation of images of spectacular mountain peaks and idyllic lakeland scenes aided the country’s steady rise to becoming a top tourist destination.

The exhibition shows for the first time scores of stereoscopic images that were added to the collection of the Swiss National Museum in early 2020. Alongside the images are traveller accounts and reports. There is also information on the stereoscope industry and stereoscopic technology. The exhibition is supported by the Stiftung Familie Fehlmann (Fehlmann Family Foundation).

Images

Matterhorn

Stereophotograph of Zermatt from the US firm Keystone View Company, around 1901, notched for the Whiting View Company’s ‘Sculptoscope’.

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Lake Lucerne

Stereophotograph of Flüelen, Lake Lucerne, 1903. The manufacturer was New York firm American Stereoscopic Company.

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The Kappelbrücke

Stereophotograph of Lucerne by the US company Underwood & Underwood, around 1901.

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Stereoscope

Handheld device for viewing stereoscopic images. This version was manufactured by Underwood & Underwood in 1911.

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Advertising for stereoscopic images

Advertisement for the ‘Underwood Travel System’ from an Underwood & Underwood catalogue, around 1907.

Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

‘Switzerland’ boxed set

100 stereoscopic photographs of Switzerland in a box in book form. Manufactured by Underwood & Underwood, 1903.

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A view of the exhibition.

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A view of the exhibition.

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A view of the exhibition.

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