Category: Series

29. June 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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The long road to enlargement

Behind what in 2016 became reality lay over 100 years of planning. Funding issues, quarrels and a retirement stood in the way of enlarging the National Museum throughout the 20th century.

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28. June 2018

20th / 21st century | World of museums

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A behind-the-scenes look at the National Museum circa 1973

A 1973 photo gallery conserves an exciting insight into the National Museum’s workshops, offices, studios and collections.

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27. June 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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The National Museum on old postcards

Postcards were hugely popular in the opening decades of the 20th century. In Switzerland millions were sent every year. As a Zurich landmark the National Museum was a highly prized image.

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26. June 2018

20th / 21st century | World of museums

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A tour of the National Museum around 1900

After the National Museum opened 120 years ago it quickly began drawing large numbers of visitors. A tour of the National Museum at the turn of the 20th must have been an impressive but, at the same time, taxing experience.

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25. June 2018

20th / 21st century | World of museums

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The National Museum’s opening parade in 1898

Exactly 120 years ago today, in the afternoon of 25 June 1898, the three-day festivities marking the opening of Switzerland’s National Museum culminated in a lavish parade through downtown Zurich. The individual cantons presented themselves on the theme “Local Swiss costumes in portraits of traditional life”.

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