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Arts & Museums
Established in 1916, the Moulagenmuseum houses one of the largest collections of moulages in the world. Moulages refer to wax replicas of disfiguring diseases that were important in medical explanations of diseases. Some of the diseases depicted in this museum, through moulages include syphillis, leprosy and cancer. These extensive collection of 3 dimensional wax body parts are definitely not for the faint-hearted, but are however insighful with respect to how various flesh and other diseases were kept in record before color photography was invented.
Housed in an impressive Neo-Classical castle built in 1826, Landesmuseum Zürich details Swiss history from prehistoric times, through the Roman era, right up to the present. A sprawling collection of arms and weapons puts the modern Swiss army knife to shame. You can also find a model of the Battle of Morat, along with frequent special exhibitions tackling various aspects of Swiss history, art and culture. If you're not an avid history buff, a relaxing stroll around the picturesque museum's sprawling gardens is still worth a visit. The museum is Switzerland's first building constructed out of concrete. Admission is free for the permanent exhibition.
One of the best things about Zurich being a university town is that the university has several free museums. The Zoological Museum is the main attraction, not only because of the microscope tables, furry games and video projections, the giant giraffe and stuffed birds. No, the best attraction is getting there! A Polybahn which is accessible from the tram station Central, brings you to the terrace where many of the university buildings are found. This beautifully restored, antique mode of transport is a special treat for children of all ages.
Housed in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Thomas Mann Archives collates memorabilia from this great personality's life and manuscripts of his works. Thomas Mann (1875-1955) won the Nobel Prize winner for literature in 1929 for his outstanding contribution through Death in Venice and The Magic Mountain. All throughout his life, Mann fought against the Nazis, and moved out of Germany in the early 1930s. Check website for further information.
The Zürcher Spielzeugmuseum (Zurich Toy Museum), which is found on the fifth floor of a house in one of Zurich's oldest neighborhoods, contains over 1200 antique toys from all around Europe. The oldest toys, here, date back to the early 18th Century, and range well into the 20th Century. The toy collection reflect the history and culture of the times they belong to. For further information, please check the website.
A serendipitous meeting in 1996 led to Stefanie Harig and Marc Ullrich's first collection of press photos. The creators celebrate and share their passion for art with a well-curated portfolio of photographic artwork by established and emerging artists as well as historical chronicles and autographed original pieces. The four-storied establishment is the first of the LUMAS brand to hit the Swiss art scene after making its mark in Paris, London, New York and Germany. The minimalistic space is punctuated by a thought-provoking and awe-inspiring repertoire that is a result of globe-spanning travels and are available at affordable prices.
Museum for Design (Museum für Gestaltung) showcases architecture, industrial design, visual communication and craft. Housed in the old School of Arts and Crafts building, features a gallery, cafeteria, shop, an exhibition hall and a foyer. Founded in 1878, it hosts six to eight large exhibitions, as well as smaller lobby-exhibitions. The L-shaped building with its “severe functionality,” dates back to 1933 and has been added to Switzerland's Heritage Protection list. In the lobby there is a Café and a kiosk with books, cards and various designer gift items. Check out their poster, graphics and design collection. It is truly worth a visit.
The influence of Roman culture on the city of Zurich can be viewed at Thermengasse. Roman thermal baths dating back to the 3rd century AD (they actually date way back to the 1st century, but were subsequently remodeled) were discovered here in 1983, and have since been excavated so the public can marvel at their uniquely artistic designs and structure. They can be viewed around the clock, but only through a protective iron grating.
The Kunsthaus Zurich is among the most prominent fine arts museums in the city and is renowned for their 19th and 20th-century collection. It includes pieces by Chagall, Mondrian, Munch and other masters. Those who favor Impressionist artists will be delighted to find two of Monet's best waterlily paintings here. Modern art is not forgotten, with works by Beuys, Baselitz and Bacon flying the flag. In the entrance you will find an elaborately-stocked art bookshop. Refresh yourself at the cafe-bar or restaurant.
The Helmaus museum, just like the city of Zurich is a beautiful building with spectacular architecture. The cloister in the ground floor of this building was previously used as a courtroom and a covered market. In the recent past this has turned into a contemporary art gallery that mainly features Swiss artists. There are also interactive discussions with the artists themselves in the evening, which gives you a deeper insight into their work.
The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is a one of its kind museum and houses an extensive collection of timepieces. Horologists will marvel at the exhibition which showcases over 250 chronological instruments that date back from 1400 BC all the way to modern quartz clocks that are accurate upto a millionth of a second. The instruments are meticulously arranged according to chronology, so the collection begins from shadow sticks, sundials, oil clocks and tails off with navigational chronometers. There is a lot you can learn about man’s complex relationship with time here.
One of the oldest art spaces in Zurich, the Galerie Walcheturm stages remarkably "young" shows. Set up as a sort of "society," it's more than just commercial - the gallery functions as an art center, where new talents are first shown to the public. Artists include young video and installation artist, Costa Vece, and Basel's psychedelic painter, Lori Hersberger, both of whom took part in the Biennale 1999 in Venice. Austrian concept artist Peter Friedl, and the trash queen of Switzerland, Susann Walder, who often exhibits work together with her friends from the "Working group Sunshine," are also consistently on display here. See website for exhibition schedule and more.