Top Museums Tour in Lucerne, Lucerne (Self Guided)

Lucerne is traditionally considered the first and foremost tourist destination in all of Switzerland. The city is famous for its pretty historical buildings and fascinating museums. Once here you'll be charmed by Lucerne’s sense of history, culture and tradition. This walking tour will lead you to the most famous museums in the city.
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Guide Name: Top Museums Tour in Lucerne
Guide Location: Switzerland » Lucerne (See other walking tours in Lucerne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: doris
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Modern Art Museum

1) Modern Art Museum (must see)

The museum exhibits some truly great artworks, with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th-century landscape painting and international art from 1960 onwards. The building's plain style and sophisticated use of light provide perfect conditions in which to fully appreciate each masterpiece. Don't miss the eye-catching views of the lake and the city – as well as part of the gallery's interior – from the bridges that connect the two halves of the Museum.

Why You Should Visit:
The modern art collection is at the height of the most important museums in Europe; besides, the building is very well placed.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-5pm; Wed: 11am-8pm; Monday closed
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Rosengart Collection

2) Rosengart Collection (must see)

The Rosengart Collection, formerly the Picasso Museum, is fondly visited by every art lover who comes to Switzerland. The museum's collections include sculptures, photographs and paintings. The best part is the collection entitled "Picasso, photographed by David Douglas Duncan", which features 200 photographs of Picasso himself. There are also many books and documentary films that reveal every detail of Picasso's life.

Why You Should Visit:
An incredible and unmissable collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries!
In no other museum will you will be able to enjoy, with such calm and privacy, Picassos, Klees, Kandinskys and others, including some of the most beautiful Chagall and Matisse paintings.

Tip:
Start with the video on the top floor, showing how the collection came about, and how Angela Rosengart was introduced to art at an early age by her father, an art dealer.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm (Apr–Oct); 11am-5pm (Nov-Mar)
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History Museum

3) History Museum (must see)

At the History Museum, you'll encounter a number of interesting and exciting books, photographs and other historical artifacts. These objects bring to life the stories of times past from as far back as the Middle Ages. Utilizing a bar-code scanner from the front desk, you'll be able to load text from the bar-codes associated with each display.

Tip:
The highlight here is really the 45min "theatre tour" offered 4-5 times a day which is included in the entrance fee, so look for that unless there's a language barrier.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm
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Natur-Museum

4) Natur-Museum (must see)

Lucerne's Natural History Museum is an attractive and bright venue where you can both contemplate and really feel the story of nature. It was founded in the 1820s as a "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities". One of the museum's highlights is its "Wonderworld of Insects" exhibition.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting science & nature museum with also some displays that are concentrated on the region. Fun to see and educational for children and adults alike.

Tip:
The ground floor hosts changing exhibits; the other three floors are non-changing.
The top floor holds a huge collection of insects from all over the world, which is as creepy as it is beautiful.
To access English explanations, simply rotate the triangular info boards until the English is facing out.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu, Sat, Sun: 10am-5pm
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Police Museum

5) Police Museum

The police force of the Lucerne Canton exhibit their history and the future of police work here in this new museum. You're sure to be impressed by its great collection of arms and armor and its life-size mock-up of a crime scene. You can also take a look back to the era of the gendarmes and learn about big criminal cases the district has seen.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, between 17.00 and 19.00 by early appointment

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Travel Distance: 4.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lucerne for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lucerne has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lucerne, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.