If you have already hiked every mountain, explored every alpine meadow while paying attention to the cows and bugs, and are still looking for a place to go with children in Switzerland, we are here to help. SUISSEPIC reviews the top Swiss museums to visit with kids.
Swiss Museum of Transport
Canton of Lucerne
The Swiss Museum of Transport has a great collection of airplanes, trains, and automobiles. Oh My! Opened in 1959, the museum has visitors learn about the history of air, water, railroad transportation in Switzerland. It also goes into the development of automobile and motorcycle transportation, as well as the exploration of the space. The Swiss Museum of Transport is spread over about 20,000 square meters. The collection houses more than 3,000 items, simulators, multimedia shows and interactive platforms. Children can see mini-copies of airplanes, working locomotives, and racing cars of different years. They can experience airplane or helicopter simulators as well as experience a crash test, or even watch the various shows through the interactive car theatre.
Address: Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern
Opening hours: 10h00 to 18h00 (summer); 10h00 to 17h00 (winter)
Prices: CHF 32 (adults); CHF 12 (kids)
Aathal Dinosaur Museum
Canton of Zurich
For 25 years, the Aathal Dinosaur Museum (Sauriermuseum Aathal) has the largest private paleontological museum in Europe. Its collection houses about 4,000 bones and fossils, and provides visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the different geologic periods. Visitors can also see life-size models of the brontosaurus, the stegosaurus, the triceratops, the velociraptor, as well as the ever popular Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) skull, and dinosaur eggs. The museum is split into three different sections and shows the dinosaurs the air, land, and sea.
Address: Zürichstrasse 69, 8607 Aathal
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Tuesday-Saturday); 10:00-18:00 (Sundays)
Prices: CHF 21 (adults), CHF 11 (kids)
Swiss Children’s Museum
Canton of Zurich
Founded in 1985, the Swiss Children’s Museum is located in the historic center of Baden. Within its 20 rooms, the museum has on display exhibits that pertain to childhood, and the perception that has changed over the last three centuries. Young visitors can explore and learn how their parents and grandparents lived, what games they played, and the gifts they received under the Christmas tree. Such gifts range from a red leather school bag, a chemistry set, an electric train, and a doll’s house, to the latest high-tech toys. The museum also displays a wide range of toys, clothes, games, and many other interesting things from foreign countries. These displays reflect on the similarities and differences of adolescence between different cultures.
Address: Ländliweg 7, 5400 Baden
Opening hours: 14h00-17h00 (Tuesday-Saturday); 10h00-17h00 (Sundays)
Prices: CHF 12 (adults); CHF 4 (kids)
Swiss Games Museum
Canton of Vaud
Since 1987, the Tour-de-Peilz Castle is home to the Swiss Museum of Games. It houses various games that have been played around the world, from ancient times to the present day. The permanent exhibition consists of card games, board games, puzzles, educational games, and even casino games. Visitors can even learn how to play backgammon, bridge, checkers, Scrabble, and Monopoly. The museum also displays Asian and African Games, such as Pachisi (India), Awele (Africa), Mahjong (China) and Nyout (Korea).
Address: Rue du Château 11, 1814 La Tour-de-Peilz
Opening hours: 11h00-17h30 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Prices: CHF 9 (adults); CHF 3 (kids)