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Spend a night at Zürich Museums – Lange Nacht der Museen

Every first Saturday of September, several dozen Zürich museums open their doors for a special night of cultural events: Lange Nacht der Museen.

Night owls, listen up: whether you are interested in art and culture, are crazy about science and technology, or just fancy a romantic ferry ride, you will surely be able to enjoy Zürich's museums at night.

The so-called "Long Night of Zürich Museums" starts at 7 PM and does not close until 2 AM the following morning. Nearly fifty Zürich museums and cultural venues usually participate in what is one of the most popular Zürich events each year.


Some highlights at Lange Nacht der Museen

The Pavillon Le Corbusier in Seefeld usually opens their doors late at night:

Copyright Lange Nacht der Zürcher Museen

Museum für Gestaltung is one of our favorites:

And finally, we love the Zurich Tram Museum where all the antique trams are stored:

Each of the museums has its own program of events that may include tours, lectures, and talks. There will be something for everyone, from photography workshops for kids to some special shows for people with hearing or visual impairments.

Tickets cost just CHF 25, which includes free rides on the VBZ museum shuttle all night long. It can normally cost that much to visit only one museum in Zürich, so this is a bargain. Plus, children under 16 years and people accompanying those with disabilities get free admission. So this is a wonderful opportunity to go out with friends or bundle up your kids for an unforgettable night at the museum!


Experience Zürich culture at night

It is no secret that Zürich is a city with money, so culture is very well supported. Housing some of the finest museums and art galleries in Switzerland, Zürich enjoys a vibrant cultural scene. The two most popular museums in Zurich are the Kunsthaus Zürich art museum, as well as the Swiss National Museum.

  • The Kunsthaus Zürich is best known for its sculptures of Rodin and Alberto Giacometti. There you will also find world-famous painters like Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.
  • The Swiss National Museum, which is right beside the Zürich main train station in a mock-Gothic castle, showcases creative and interesting displays about Swiss history and culture.

Ferry service to Seefeld

Usually, a special ferry service connects some of the participating museums in the Seefeld area (Seefeldquartier). Riding on the "MS Sentosa" ferry is yet another cool benefit of "Lange Nacht der Zürcher Museen"! Once you have tried the ferry and museum shuttle, grab a free bicycle courtesy of "Züri rollt" and pedal to your next destination.

The museums and art galleries of Zurich enjoy almost 1.5 million visitors a year. So if you have not had time to check them out yet, September 3, 2022, could be your chance.

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Nualan

Nualan has moved from Dublin, Ireland, to Zürich recently. She runs a blog about events in Zürich (http://zurich-events.com) and enjoys sharing the hidden sides of her new hometown.

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