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On Switzerland's museum trail

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Switzerland is home to a number of unique and wonderful museums. Specialty collections cover topics such as science fiction, food, games, and paper. Personal art collections occupy former chapels and stately homes, and adorn restaurant walls. Other museums highlight the life and work of Swiss-born artists, or provide a uniquely Swiss perspective on the worlds of art and technology. Add at least one of these to your travel itinerary, and take home unique Swiss travel memories!
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St. Alban-Tal 37, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Within the walls of a fascinating medieval mill, in an authentic setting, the visitor will learn from hand-made paper to finished books. Set out on four floors, the museum presents living workshops where skills are shown "in action" alongside...
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Höschgasse 8, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
The Swiss-born modernist giant was many things: architect, painter, sculptor, graphic artist, furniture designer, and writer. This museum, also known as the Centre Le Corbusier, is located in the Zürichhorn park, and offers a chance to view...
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Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
Housed in a grand villa in a gorgeous park, Rietberg is the only art museum in Switzerland dedicated to showcasing work from outside of Europe, the most treasured of which is its early Buddhist sculptures from China, with pieces dating from the...
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Avenue Bergières 11, 1004 Lausanne, Switzerland
Lausanne's Collection de l'Art Brut is the original "home" of OutSider Art. Established in 1976 with 5,000 works collected by Jean Dubuffet, the museum remains a showcase for beautiful, compelling works, displayed in the redesigned interior of the...
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Quai Perdonnet 25, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland
In 1875, Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate here in this tiny Lake Geneva hamlet. Today, there's a museum dedicated to the history of food—the Alimentarium, and a giant fork sticking conspicuously out of the lake commemorating its presence. Be...
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Château de la Tour-de-Peilz, 1814 Lac Léman, Switzerland
The Castle of la Tour de Peilz which now hosts the Swiss Game Museum
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Frohburgstrasse 3, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland
Lucerne's oldest city clock, built by Hans Luter in 1535, is in the Zyt tower, one of three remaining on the medieval walls. In autumn, brightly colored leaves frame a painting of giants carrying the face of the time-honored clock on the tower's...
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Gruyères, Switzerland
Tucked away off the main street of the 400-year-old Swiss village of Gruyeres - that's right, where they make the cheese - is an unusual museum, macabre and surreal, filled with monsters and semi-humans and furniture that is alive - biomechanical...
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Via Losone 10, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Art lovers visiting Ticino have a new destination in Ascona: the exquisitely restored Castello San Materno. The exhibition space is a second location for the fine Museo d'Arte Moderna di Ascona. The permanent collection encompasses works from the...
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7500 St Moritz, Switzerland
The Segantini Museum is the true gem of St. Moritz. A beautiful turn-of-the-century rotunda displaying several of the Italian painter's masterpieces including the top level Alpine Triptych, three larger-than-life oil paintings with scenes of the...
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Kaffeeweltstrasse 1, 4626 Niederbuchsiten, Switzerland
Ever wondered how a coffee bean feels when it is made to pass through a coffee machine ? Not the feeling, but what a machine looks like from the inside is what you can see, when you walk through this museum, which is built like the inside of a...