Three museums – the National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins and the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz – as well as the collections centre in Affoltern am Albis – are united under the umbrella of the Swiss National Museum (SNM). The permanent exhibitions at the museums present Swiss history from its beginnings to the present, and give an insight into Swiss identities and the rich tapestry of our country’s history and culture. Temporary exhibitions on current topics add to the experience. The SNM is also responsible for curating the Guild House ‘Zur Meisen’ Zurich and the Museo doganale Cantine di Gandria.
|Sandrine Giroud*||Member, Lawyer and Director of the Art Law Foundation in Geneva|
|Ladina Heimgartner*||Member, Director of Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha|
|André Holenstein||Member, Professor at the University of Berne|
|Pio Pellizzari||Member, Head of the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano|
|Stefano Stoll||Member, Director of Images festival and exhibition curator|
*Members of the Finance Committee
The «Magazine» of the Swiss National Museum is our cultural magazine informing you about exhibitions, museum activities and special events and offers for the public. It also provides interesting insights into the diverse and challenging work of the museum. The magazine is published three times a year in German and French. Subscriptions are free of charge.
Magazin des Schweizerischen Nationalmuseums 1 | 2017 (PDF 7.1MB)
Magazin des Schweizerischen Nationalmuseums 3 | 2016 (PDF 3.3MB)
Kulturmagazin 2 | 2016 (PDF 7.8MB)
Kulturmagazin 1 | 2016 (PDF 4.2MB)
Magazine du Musée national suisse 1 | 2017 (PDF 4.8MB)
Magazine du Musée national suisse 3 | 2016 (PDF 3.3MB)
Magazine 2 | 2016 (PDF 7.1MB)
Magazine 1 | 2016 (PDF 2.8MB)
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The picture archive contains more than 400,000 images that are used throughout the world not only in scientific publications and catalogues, but also in exhibitions and the media. Around 3,000 new images are added each year. Orders should include specific details regarding the required image(s) and intended purpose. Fees apply for our services and the purchase of utilisation rights.
Members of the Swiss National Museum make an important contribution to supporting Swiss history and culture and further developing our extensive programme of exhibitions and activities for visitors.
As a member of the Swiss National Museum (SNM) you can benefit from a range of special, exclusive offers and privileges. You will have free admission to all our museums and will receive invitations to openings and private viewings. In addition, you can invite up to 20 guests to join you on a personalised guided tour given by the Director of the Swiss National Museum or the exhibition curator.
Benefits of membership
|•||Free admission to all museums of the SNM group for you and two guests (3 people)|
|•||Invitations for you and a guest to attend the exhibition openings at all our museums, including cocktail reception (at least 8 times per year)|
|•||In addition, you can invite up to 20 guests to join you on a personalised guided tour in one of our museums|
|•||Notices about all our exhibitions and related events|
|•||Subscription to our SNM cultural magazine, which is published three times per year and offers indepth information on SNM exhibitions and related events|
Membership is for a full calendar year (as of September, including the following year) and costs CHF 800. Memberships may be purchased at the museum's cashier desk or online, via mail or via Tel. (+41 58 466 65 11).
The 19th century is generally regarded as the century of nations and nation states. While other countries were busily erecting memorials, monuments and institutions, though, the young federal state of Switzerland struggled with the idea of setting up a national museum. Plans to create one met with widespread scepticism, and there were also entirely pragmatic reasons for rejecting the enterprise. The country’s neighbours already had something to put in their museums, in the form of a ducal, royal or imperial collection; Switzerland had nothing comparable. Almost every one of the 25 cantons had its own collection based on old armoury collections and cabinets of curiosities, reflecting the federal character of the young state. It was National Council member Salomon Vögelin of Zurich who, with his motion of 9 July 1883, launched discussion on the founding of a national museum. Encouraged by the popularity of the national art exhibition organised as part of the Swiss national exhibition in Zurich, he submitted his proposal to the Federal Council.
After much wrangling over the proposed site of the Swiss National Museum, Zurich finally won through in 1891, seeing off its rivals Lucerne, Basel and Bern. The young architect Gustav Gull drew on various historicising architectural features from the late medieval period and the modern era, combining them to create a single whole. The design of the Swiss National Museum was intended to express a unity between collection, exhibition and architecture. It was also combined with a school of art, thereby satisfying a further important requirement of the era: having both institutions side by side, allowing the past to act as an example and an inspiration for the work of students. Today, the National Museum Zurich is regarded as one of the outstanding 19th-century constructions of its type, and an architectural monument of national importance.