Key-Visual in die Ausstellung "Frauen.Rechte"


From the Enlightenment to the present

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For decades, Swiss women did not have the same civil and political rights as men. The road to the introduction of women’s suffrage in 1971, and the adoption of a constitutional article on gender equality in 1981, was rocky and highly controversy. Ever since the Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1789 proclaimed ‘free men’ to be politically emancipated, women have been fighting for equality. And the issue is still debated by women and men today. Fifty years after the introduction of women’s suffrage in Switzerland, the exhibition at the National Museum Zurich turns the spotlight on the struggle for women’s rights in this country – a struggle that has waxed and waned for more than 200 years. In addition to important objects on loan from Swiss institutions, the exhibition presents some outstanding exhibits from international collections.

Guided tours

Key-Visual in die Ausstellung "Frauen.Rechte"


Guided tour for private groups

Guided tour of the exhibition "Women.Rights | From the Enlightenment to the present".

Tour: 1 hour

Guided tours can be arranged outside opening hours: Mon between 9.30 am and 6 pm, Tue to Fri between 9.30 am and 7.45 pm. Sat and Sun between 10 am and 5 pm


 2 weeks in advance



60 minutes; special packages can be offered on request

Group size:


max. 25 participants per tour



English, German, Italian, French. Other offers upon request.




CHF 180 for the guided tour + CHF 10 admission per person

Children up to 16 years free.

For groups of people with permit N, S, B, F (refugee) or F (foreigner), the guided tour and admission are free of charge. Reservations desk

+41 44 218 66 00


Women.Rights – Introductory tour

Key-Visual in die Ausstellung "Frauen.Rechte"

Intermediate level | secondary levels I and II

Guided tour of the exhibition ”Women.Rights | From the Enlightenment to the present”.

1 hour
Guided tours are free of charge for school classes from Switzerland.

Guided tours in English can be arranged, even outside opening hours. Guided tours are free of charge for school classes from Switzerland.


at least 2 weeks in advance



1 hour guided tours, other services by prior arrangement

Group size:


max. 25 people



Guided tours for school classes from Switzerland are free of charge. Reservations desk

+41 44 218 66 00

Blog articles

Exhibition imprint

  • Overall management Andreas Spillmann
  • Project direction Denise Tonella
  • Curators Noëmi Crain Merz, Erika Hebeisen, Denise Tonella
  • Project coordinator Regula Moser
  • Scientific collaboration Manda Beck
  • Scientific consultancy Elisabeth Joris
  • Scenography arge gillmann schnegg: Ursula Gillmann, Sarah Glauser, Matthias Schnegg, Nela Weber
  • Exhibition Graphic Groenlandbasel Visuelle Gestaltung: Shenna Czorniczek, Noah Drilling, Sinja Steinhauser, Dorothea Weishaupt
  • Cultural services and museum education Stefanie Bittmann, Lisa Engi, Maria Iseli, Severin Marty
  • Marketing and communication Andrej Abplanalp, Anna-Britta Maag, Sebastiano Mereu, Carole Neuenschwander, Alex Rechsteiner
  • Technical management Debbie Sledsens, Viola Valsesia
  • Exhibition construction Janine auf der Maur, Kim Badertscher, Bachir Ezzerari, Ladina Fait, Marc Hägeli, Mike Roder, Dave Schwitter
  • Conservation management Françoise Michel
  • Conservation and montage of objects Nikkibarla Calonder, Natalie Ellwanger, Elisabeth Kleine, Anna Jurt, Iona Leroy, Sarah Longrée, Charlotte Maier, Véronique Mathieu, Jürg Mathys, Françoise Michel, Carolin Muschel, Gaby Petrak, Ulrike Rothenhäusler Tino Zagermann
  • Logistics of objects and montage of objects Christian Affentranger, David Blazquez, Simon D’Hollosy, Reto Hegetschweiler, Markus Scherer
  • Loans Maya Jucker, David von Arx, Angela Zeier
  • Advisory committee Heidi Amrein, Beat Högger, Markus Leuthard, Sabrina Médioni, Andreas Spillmann
  • Controlling of project Sabrina Médioni
  • Head of legal affairs and contracts Beatrice Käser, Jana Pfyl
  • Photography Jörg Brandt, Zvonimir Pisonic
  • Photo library Fabian Müller, Remo Sidler
  • Media installations Pasquale Pollastro, Torero Film, Tweaklab AG, René Vogel
  • IT | Web Thomas Bucher, Ulrich Heiniger, Pasquale Pollastro, Danilo Rüttimann, René Vogel
  • Special researches Aaron Estermann, Andrea Franzen, Joya Indermühle
  • Exhibition texts Manda Beck, Noëmi Crain Merz, Erika Hebeisen, Katharina Hermann, Pascale Meyer, Regula Moser, Denise Tonella
  • Translations Bill Gilonis, Marco Marcacci, Laurence Neuffer, Language Factory
  • Final editing Angela Benza, Ingrid Kunz, Laurence Neuffer, Rebecca Sanders

Items generously loaned by

  • Archives du Tribunal fédéral suisse, Lausanne
  • Associazione Archivi Riuniti delle Donne Ticino, Massagno
  • Basel historical museum
  • Bestattungs- und Friedhofamt Stadt Zürich
  • Bibliothèque de Genève
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
  • Burgerbibliothek of Bern
  • City of Zurich, Stadtarchiv
  • City of Zurich, Stadtkanzlei
  • City of Zurich, Stadtpolizei, Polizeimuseum
  • Dedra, Zurich
  • Dichter- und Stadtmuseum Liestal
  • ETH-Library, Zurich
  • Fondation du Musée cantonal des Beaux-arts de Lausanne
  • federal office for buildings and logistics, Berne
  • Galerie Ruf, Stansstad
  • Gosteli Foundation, Worblaufen
  • gta Archives / ETH Zürich
  • Gymnasium Leonhard, Erziehungsdepartement Basel-Stadt, Basel
  • Historische Gesellschaft Wädenswil
  • Kunstmuseum Bern / Gottfried Keller Foundation
  • Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
  • Kunstsammlung Stadt Biel
  • LSE Library: The British Library of Political and Economic Science, London
  • Mario- und Hélène Comensoli Stiftung, Zurich
  • Musée d’art et d’histoire Fribourg
  • Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
  • Museum of Communication, Berne
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Chur
  • Museumsspinnerei Neuthal
  • Pipilotti Rist
  • Plakatsammlung der Schule für Gestaltung Basel
  • Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv, Zurich
  • Staatsarchiv des Kantons Basel-Landschaft, Liestal
  • Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Swiss Confederation, Federal Office of Culture, Berne
  • Swiss Federal Archives, Berne
  • Swiss National Library, Berne
  • The Syndics of Cambridge University Library
  • Tram-Museum, Zurich
  • Universitätsbibliothek Marburg
  • University of Basel, University Library
  • University of Zurich
  • University of Zurich, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)
  • University of Zurich, Department of Psychology / Library
  • Ville de Paris / Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand (BMD), Paris
  • Zentralbibliothek Zürich
  • Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern
  • Zentrum Lina Bögli, Herzogenbuchsee
  • Private property of Bice Curiger
  • Private collections