The festivities for the opening of the new National Museum were a great success. On the evening of 31st July 2016, Federal Councillor Alain Berset opened the new building, in the presence of government representatives from every canton, and then the celebrations really got started. More than 23,000 people took part in the 26-hour programme. The interest was overwhelming: all the programme events were well attended, the tours of both the new exhibitions, “Europe in the Renaissance. Metamorphoses 1400 – 1600” and “Archaeology in Switzerland”, were fully booked, as was the programme for the younger visitors. The occasion went according to plan and without incident.
From 4 March to 10 July 2016, the Swiss National Museum – Château de Prangins presents an exhibition devoted to the remarkable career of Louis-Auguste Brun, a painter from the Geneva school best known for his equestrian portraits of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Some one hundred works, together with a film recounting the surprising last years of his life as both art dealer and Vaud patriot, allow visitors to explore the life of an individual who defies easy classification. With scent-based guided tours and a Marie-Antoinette-inspired menu at the Café du Château, it’s an experience for all the senses.
Enabling an educational experience at the museum while playing a game? That is just what the National Museum Zurich intended when it launched a digital quiz game that leads visitors through the “History of Switzerland” exhibition. This offering works like an SMS chat and is thus especially geared towards young people.
Educational, entertaining and challenging – the National Museum Zurich is going interactive with a new digital quiz game. Visitors can learn interesting facts while having fun. The quiz incorporates all the elements that make a game exciting to play: players have to answer questions, search for images and sometimes risk making a guess or estimate. When successful, they collect points, and, at the conclusion, they may even earn a diploma. The quiz works on the basis of an entertaining, interactive chat and can be played on the visitor’s own smartphone. Miniature transmitters called “beacons” localise the visitors to the exhibition and send them questions individually. Once the quiz has been started, it works even without a telecommunication connection. The digital revolution is making customised communication possible for particular locations, thereby creating potential for further innovations in the museum's future offerings. The new digital quiz – named “drallo” – is available as a free download for smartphones from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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As of 1 Januar 2016 the Swiss National Museum will be introducing a new kind of museum ticket – an annual pass that costs just 25 Swiss francs (a reduced price of 15 Swiss francs applies to senior citizens, students, the disabled and the unemployed). The pass gives you free admission to the National Museum Zurich, the Forum for Swiss History Schwyz and Château de Prangins. Go as often as you like! Make just three visits to one or more of the museums in a year and you will already have saved on the admission costs, as a single admission is 10 Swiss francs. Sales of the new annual pass began at the end of September. If you purchase an annual pass now, you benefit even more because it is valid not just for a full year but right up to the end of 2016. The new annual pass is available at the ticket desks of all three participating museums.
You can become a member of the Swiss National Museum for just 800 Swiss francs per year. As a member you will enjoy free admission to all of our museums and will receive invitations to all our exhibition openings. Plus, once per year you can invite 20 guests for a private museum tour hosted by the Director of the Swiss National Museum. Become a new member now and your membership will be valid up until the end of 2016.
On 11 September the exhibition entitled “Work. Photographs, 1860 – 2015.” opened at the National Museum Zurich. Working is just as important in life as eating and sleeping. It is not surprising then that a multitude of pictures exist on the subject of work. This is impressively documented by the exhibition’s comprehensive selection of historical photographs from the collections of the National Museum Zurich. The exhibition also shows how jobs have changed over the last 150 years, and how the focus of photographers has shifted.
One of the world’s largest and most significant collections of rings has been bequeathed to the Swiss National Museum. The collection was established by Alice and Louis Koch. The museum is currently showing 300 selected items from the collection, illustrating the history of finger rings over a period of 4,000 years. This is a uniquely diverse collection which serves as a valuable historical reference.