If you are looking for a company to assist with your removals to Switzerland, you will want to find an experienced firm, dedicated to making your move go smoothly. At Hamiltons, we know that every removal is different and that each one requires specific attention to detail. We offer exactly that: a removals service tailored to your individual needs and requirements, which we closely monitor from door to door.
We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver an efficient and cost effective service, whilst maintaining that all important personal touch. So whether you are moving locally, nationally or internationally, our careful forward planning will ensure that your removals to Switzerland is completed to your satisfaction.
Whatever your reasons for needing removals to Switzerland, whether it is for work, or to be closer to family, we are sure that once there, you will want to learn more about this great country and its history. To that end we have gathered together some information about its most famous museums which we hope will be of interest to you.
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Hamiltons Removals’ Top Pick of Museums in Switzerland
The Swiss National Museum in Zurich
Where better to start on our tour of the museums of Switzerland, than The Swiss National Museum in Zurich? Built by Gustav Gull in 1898 and nestled between the city's main train station and Platzspitz Park, it showcases everything from ancient art and crafts, to ordinary everyday objects.
Its permanent exhibitions describe Switzerland's history from as far back as possible, right through to the present day. Split into foursections, it covers the history of migration and settlement, religious and intellectual history, political history and the economic development of the country.
Its Collections Gallery features 20 different displays which are laid out to give an overview of the museum’s 820,000 plus curios - the country's largest cultural history and handicrafts collection.
Another permanent display centres on Swiss homes and furnishings. It features painstakingly reconstructed period rooms, as well as Swiss furniture from the 19th and 20th century. The exhibition illustrates how people’s needs and desires within the home have changed over the years, and how furniture, and rooms, have been adapted to suit.
The Armoury Tower is another permanent display featuring the museum's collection of arms. Arranged by theme, the display features everything from Mediaeval body armour and jousting helmets, to Baroque ceremonial pieces and Swiss Army uniforms of the 19th and 20th centuries. The weaponry, uniforms and equipment are displayed and their usages explained in historical context.
The museum's newest permanent display was installed in April 2012. It's a fully operable television studio where people of all ages can play at being TV presenters and be filmed with a real studio camera. Sat at the presenter's desk, you can change the backdrop to suit whether you're presenting the news, the weather, or a sports item. Visitors can literally create their own TV shows which can be watched live on screen in the auditorium.
The History Museum in Berne
Berne's museum of history is as fascinating to look at on the outside, as it is to look inside. Built in 1894 by André Lambert, it is the second largest historical museum in Switzerland and, like something out of a Swiss fairytale, it's all spires, turrets and arched windows.
There are 11 permanent exhibitions displayed here, covering the Middle Ages and the Ancient Regime, treasure and textiles, the Stone Age, the Celts and the Romans. There are treasures on display from the tombs of Ancient Egypt and artefacts from Asia, the Americas and the Orient.
It’s not all about ancient history and treasures from distant lands though. There's an exhibition entirely dedicated to Albert Einstein and a six room installation entitled Berne and the 20th Century, which brings you right up to date with modern day Berne, its achievements and its place in the world today. It covers a wide range of topics from politics to the economy, society, sport, technology, science, everyday life, and art and design. The exhibition doesn't just champion the great and successful either, in a charmingly self-effacing way, it takes a look at some of Switzerland's less successful inventions too.
The Museum of Art in Zurich
The Kunsthaus in Zurich is THE place to go for big name artists like Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet. So, when you're done with window-shopping on the Bahnhofstrasse and you've taken enough pictures of Zurich Old Town, if you have the energy and a good two to three hours spare, head for Heimplatz 1, Zurich 8001. It costs a bit to get in but it’s worth it. This fantastic art museum displays artworks from as far back as the 1600’s and has an especially impressive selection of modern art.
The Kunsthaus regularly features visiting collections and is currently showing pieces by Epaminonda, Chagall, Signac and Hodler, including both versions of Hodler's “The Truth”. Future exhibitions and displays will feature works by Kelly Nipper, Richard Wagner, Lonnie van Brummelen and Edvard Munch with his paintings; ‘The Scream,’ ‘Madonna,’ ‘Melancholy,’ and ‘The Sin,’ taking centre stage.
Zurich's art museum also has a very impressive line up of “resident” artists including Baselitz, Léger, Giacometti and Fuseli and features photographic works by Max Ernst, Hannah Höch, Marcel Duchamp, Erwin Blumenfeld, Christian Schad, Constantin Brancusi, Robert Frank and Balthasar Burkhard, among many others.
Embracing new technologies and moving with the times is at the heart of the Kunsthaus Zurich and this goes to its video art collection. The Kunsthaus has been a collector of video art since 1979. It is seen as an important creative medium and is given deserved space. The video art collection features works by Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Sophie Calle, Fischli/Weiss, Dan Graham, Gary Hill, Hubbard / Birchler, Christian Marclay, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Arnulf Rainer and Dieter Roth, Pipilotti Rist, Richard Serra, Roman Signer, and Bill Viola.
Whilst not being particularly child unfriendly, if you are planning on visiting the museum, it might be best to leave the younger ones at home, especially during the week. However, the museum sometimes runs special programmes for children on Sundays, which is ideal for grandparents to bring their grandchildren to.
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