A magic carpet ride through history


Many children dream of travelling back in time. In the new family exhibition ‘A Magic Carpet ride through history’ at the National Museum Zurich, 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.

The exhibition 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.

For families with children aged 5 and over.

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The media conference on the exhibition is taking place on 18.3.2020 at 10.00 at the National Museum Zurich.

The media folder and materials are available for download from this date.


The Swiss National Museum would like to thank the Foundation Willy G. S. Hirzel for the generous support.

Items generously loaned by

Exhibtion imprint

Overall management
Andreas Spillmann

Curator and project management
Rebecca Sanders

Scientific collaboration
Marina Amstad, Maja Škrkić

Martina Nievergelt, Zürich

Paolo Monaco, Zürich; Jakob Schiratzki, Zürich

Lighting design
Ursula Degen, Zürich; Kaori Kuwabara, Zürich; Timo Martens, Kilchberg

Set building
Beat Künzler, Schaffhausen

Audio and video
Peter Bräker, Zürich; Tom Gerber, Zürich; Kellerthurgau, Frauenfeld; NatureFootage; Pasquale Pollastro, Danilo Rüttimann, René Vogel

Cultural services and museum education
Stefanie Bittmann

Public relations and marketing
Andrej Abplanalp, Anna-Britta Maag, Sebastiano Mereu, Carole Neuenschwander, Alexander Rechsteiner

Technical management
Gianina Flepp

Conservation management
Gaby Petrak

Conservation and montage of objects
Thomas Imfeld, Elisabeth Kleine, Veronique Mathieu, Jürg Mathys, Uldis Mākulis, Gaby Petrak

Logistics of objects and montage of objects
David Blazquez, Simon D’Hollosy, Reto Hegetschweiler, Markus Scherer

Maya Jucker, Bernard Schüle, Angela Zeier

Advisory committee
Heidi Amrein, Ellen Bryner, Beat Högger, Markus Leuthard, Sabrina Médioni, Andreas Spillmann

Controlling of project
Ellen Bryner, Sabrina Médioni

Jonas Hänggi, Zvonimir Pisonić

Photo library
Andrea Kunz, Fabian Müller

IT and web
Thomas Bucher, Pasquale Pollastro, Danilo Rüttimann, René Vogel

Abacus translations Ltd., Monthey; Marie Claude Buch-Chalayer, Weil am Rhein; Bill Gilonis, Zürich; Marco Marcacci, Lumino-Monticello; Laurence Neuffer