Museum Rietberg, Zurich

Museum Rietberg, Zurich (must see)

The Rietberg Museum in Zürich is the only non-European art gallery in Switzerland. It features works from Africa, Asia and the ancient Americas. The goal of the museum is to make the visitor aware of the diverse type of artistic expression that can be found outside of Europe. The museum was founded on the private collection of Baron Eduard von de Heydt. The physical location of the museum dates back to the purchase of the Rieterpark and Wesendonck Villa, a Renaissance mansion, by the city of Zurich in the 1940s. The museum is located in Reiterpark and stretches across several historic villas. The city purchased the adjacent Shonberg Villa in 1976 and expanded the museum. The Remise Villa and the Rieter Park-Villa were later additions. A fifth building was opened in 2007 and is primarily underground. This building is called The Emerald and features a wall of green glass at the same height as the historic villas. Instead of creating a tall building that would be out of scale, the architects opted for an underground extension. This expansion more than doubled the museum’s space. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum shows rotating exhibits.

Why You Should Visit:
Culture and spirituality from around the world in beautiful surroundings.
Some of the ancient artifacts going back several centuries BC or more are quite impressive.
Various types of decorative arts as well, so everyone is sure to find something to their taste.

Tip:
Admission fee is collected for the collection/exhibition but the garden is free – you may as well spend a whole day on the grass.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-5pm; Wed: 10am-8pm

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Museum Rietberg on Map

Sight Name: Museum Rietberg
Sight Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museums Walking Tour   Culture Self-guided Tour  

Walking Tours in Zurich, Switzerland

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Aussersihl Area Daily Life Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Culture Self-guided Tour

Culture Self-guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Kids Entertainment Walking Tour

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km

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