Museums for kids

Anything but boring: exciting museums for clever kids

At the very mention of the word “museum”, most children roll their eyes. “Do we have to? It’s so boring...” is the first reaction you hear. But museums are anything but dusty these days.

With age-appropriate activities like kids’ tours, workshops and even birthday parties, they can awaken kids’ curiosity in an entertaining and fun way! After all, children are the ideal museum visitors: they learn by looking, by touching and by imitating – and there’s nowhere better for that than at a museum!

National Museum Zurich: pick up a suitcase for a journey of discovery into the past

The National Museum Zurich is Switzerland’s most frequently visited museum of cultural history. It houses the largest cultural historical collection in the country and presents Swiss history from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Various temporary exhibitions on topical themes take place several times a year, offering additional insights. In a new feature, the National Museum is now offering families a free “explorer’s suitcase”, which must be reserved online before your visit. It’s a great starting point, because what could be more exciting than going traveling with a suitcase and discovering new things? The suitcase is equipped with a magnifying glass, a map and a puzzle book with various tasks. This allows children and parents to explore the museum under their own steam. A varied program is also continually on offer for children and families, including special guided tours for families, craft sessions with children, studios, workshops, kids’ theater shows and much more.


FIFA World Football Museum Zurich: a day on Planet Football

The exciting, interactive experience of the FIFA World Football Museum is sure to make the hearts of football fans of all ages beat faster! Throughout the space spread over 3 floors and totaling 3,000 m2 (32,000 square feet), visitors can see, feel and marvel at all things football. The museum appeals to all the senses – especially the children’s! Youngsters also receive a neat little workbook which guides them along a Kids Trail through the museum. This encourages them to stop and take a closer look at 16 stations where there are things to discover and questions to answer. At the end, they can enter a competition with the solutions they have found! The journey through the history of football draws you in so much that you can spend several hours in the museum without even noticing it!


Museum Rietberg: art and culture on the green hill

Museum Rietberg is situated in beautiful surroundings in the spacious Rieterpark, where the splendor of the 19th century can still be felt today. The museum is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland and is home to a magnificent collection with art from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania, through which the museum intends to raise interest and understanding of foreign cultures, views and religions. Museum Rietberg is a place of encounter for all ages and thus offers children and families a variety of options for engaging with the work, including interactive events. Everyone can definitely find something to join in with here!


Zoological Museum: wild fun for everyone

The Zoological Museum Zurich raises awareness and enthusiasm for the beauty, diversity and value of nature. The museum is home to 1,500 animals you can admire – from species that are long extinct to native creatures, some of which are still unknown. It's always worth another visit to the Zoological Museum, because children’s interests change as they grow older. Furthermore, temporary exhibitions and kid-friendly family activities take place all the time. Oh, and entry is free!



Tram Museum: all aboard for a journey of discovery!

At the Tram Museum, kids and parents can learn a lot about the history of trams in Zurich and explore the world of Zurich’s trams from a new perspective: for example, there’s the rare opportunity to look at a tram from below or even take up the post of tram driver yourself! One thing all the kids really like: a fast ride on the Cobralino children’s tram! The museum has something for people of all ages, interests and senses and, in addition to exciting parents-and-children guided tours, also offers the option of hosting kids’ birthday parties.


Mühlerama: from grain to bread

Mühlerama is a museum all about grain and bread. Thanks to the original working mill from 1913, kids can get a glimpse into the past as well as experiencing the process of turning grain into bread themselves by doing some baking. The flour they mill using the “bicycle flour mill” can be taken home at the end and – great news for us parents – used to bake their own bread! Mühlerama offers plenty of child-friendly events, workshops and courses and is also a great place to have a kids’ birthday party.


Technorama: explore and experiment

In the enormous and varied experimentation site of Technorama, you can explore natural phenomena at over 500 experiment stations and numerous laboratories. At Technorama, information is conveyed in a playful way in the form of practical knowledge. This practical experience, gained using all the senses, is how you lay the foundation for real understanding and awaken enthusiasm for science and technology. Of course, it's impossible to see and explore everything in a single visit, which is just what makes Technorama so appealing: it makes you want to come back – and we are definitely going to!


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March, 2018

An article by:
Die Angelones:
Rita Angelone
As a mother of two sons, every day of my life is an adventure. We love pasta, football and more. We’re sporty, nature-loving, passionate and down-to-earth. For the Children’s Region, we are striking out on the trail of the coolest leisure activities for you!
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