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Opening times
Museum, boutique and bistro

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Library

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Tu – We, Fr 10:00 - 18:00

openinghours.days.long.thursday openinghours.openfromto.long

Th 10:00 - 19:00

openinghours.days.long.saturday openinghours.until openinghours.days.long.monday closed

Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Good Friday 07.04.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Easter 09.04.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Easter Monday 10.04.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Sechseläuten 17.04.2023 closed

Labour Day 01.05.2023 closed

International Museum Day 21.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Ascension Day 18.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whitsun 28.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whit Monday 29.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Swiss National Holiday 01.08.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Late Night at Zurich’s Museums 02.09.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Late Night at Zurich’s Museums 03.09.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Knabenschiessen 11.09.2023 closed

Family Day 29.10.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

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Opening times
Museum, boutique and bistro

openinghours.days.long.tuesday openinghours.until openinghours.days.long.wednesday openinghours.openfromto.long

openinghours.days.long.thursday openinghours.openfromto.long

openinghours.days.long.friday openinghours.until openinghours.days.long.sunday openinghours.openfromto.long

Library

openinghours.days.long.tuesday openinghours.until openinghours.days.long.wednesday openinghours.and openinghours.days.long.friday openinghours.openfromto.long

Tu – We, Fr 10:00 - 18:00

openinghours.days.long.thursday openinghours.openfromto.long

Th 10:00 - 19:00

openinghours.days.long.saturday openinghours.until openinghours.days.long.monday closed

Sa – Mo closed

Special opening times

Good Friday 07.04.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Easter 09.04.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Easter Monday 10.04.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Sechseläuten 17.04.2023 closed

Labour Day 01.05.2023 closed

International Museum Day 21.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Ascension Day 18.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whitsun 28.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Whit Monday 29.05.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Swiss National Holiday 01.08.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Late Night at Zurich’s Museums 02.09.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Late Night at Zurich’s Museums 03.09.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

Knabenschiessen 11.09.2023 closed

Family Day 29.10.2023 openinghours.openfromto.long

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Study centre

Collections, books, archives

The public study centre includes the study collections, the library and reading room, the image archive and the Collection documentation. Objects and documents may only be consulted on site and by prior arrangement. For groups, a study room is available on request.

The study collections

The database of all items held in the SNM collections can be consulted at the search stations provided in the Study Centre. Some sections can be viewed in the Online Collection.

Online Collection

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studienzentrum@nationalmuseum.ch

The following collections are open to the public in the Study Centre:

Graphic arts

All items in the graphic arts collection are located in the Study Centre: graphic reproductions, drawings, illuminations, manuscripts, facsimiles.

Historical photographs

The extensive collection of historical photographs is also available to consult in full in the Study Centre. The press photo archives of the agencies Presse Diffusion Lausanne and Actualités Suisses Lausanne are kept at the Collections Centre in Affoltern am Albis.

Numismatics cabinet

The numismatics cabinet includes the numismatic collection and the specialist library. In addition to coins and medals, there are banknotes, securities certificates, credit cards and coin dies available to view.

Textile archives

A selection of more than 4,000 items from the textile archives of the Zurich silk industry is available for study and inspiration. At the heart of the collection is the textile archive of the company Abraham AG, which offers insight into the textile and fashion world of the 20th century. It includes collection reference books, swatch books, piece goods, fashion photographs and Lyons sample books. The study collection features swatches, textile designs, Jacquard cards, bobbins, textbooks on textiles and design patterns from the company archives of Robt. Schwarzenbach & Co. AG, Gessner AG, Weisbrod-Zürrer AG, Heer & Co. AG, Stünzi, Trudel, Zwicky & Co. AG and Käser, and from the Swiss Textile College.

Archaeology

The study collection comprises more than 250 objects from the archaeology collection, providing an overview of all prehistoric and protohistoric eras throughout the entire territory of present-day Switzerland. It includes a number of objects bearing Latin inscriptions, which are available for use by secondary schools for teaching units. Training sessions using the archaeological materials can be conducted on site in partnership with universities.

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