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Top 10 Zürich Family-Friendly Museums with a Fun Factor | With videos and prices

Updated: Apr 27


I recall museums from back in the day as dull spaces where teachers would lead us through, lacking engagement. However, modern museums, particularly those tailored for families, have evolved significantly. They're now interactive, hands-on, and filled with fun, offering an exciting way to discover the world through play. Exploring these museums together as a family has become one of our favorite outings on rainy days.


To assist you in selecting the perfect one for your child, we've curated a top 10 list in Canton Zürich, in no particular order, covering various topics. Each entry includes impression videos, key highlights, recommended age groups, and pricing details.


 

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Switzerland's largest interactive science museum which seamlessly blends education and fun, making learning an exciting adventure.



Fun Factors:


  • Interactive play: Learn about water, chaos, mechanics, math, currents, magnets, light, wood, illusions and more through hands-on experiment stations

  • Stress free: Everything can be touched and played with

  • Extensive: Over 500 experiment stations across 4 floors and an outdoor section. You can make it into a whole day adventure

  • Workshops and open laboratories (in German only)

Considerations:


  • The museum is extensive and may be challenging to explore in a single day, particularly with younger children. Consider dividing your visit into multiple days.



Practical info:


Location: Technoramastrasse 1, 8404 Winterthur 

Opening hours: Every day (including holidays) | 10:00 – 17:00

2024 Prices: Adults: 33 CHF | Kids 6 - 15: 21 CHF | Kids under 6: Free | Annual pass available

Recommended age: Best for 6-year-olds up | 3 to 5-year-olds can also enjoy it

Visiting time: 4 - 8 hours

Food: Restaurant (all year) and food truck (spring - autumn)




 

2. ILLUSION: The Wow Museum


12 themed rooms across 3 floors exploring how illusions change our perception through hands - on stations that combines art, science, and technology.





Fun Factors:


  • Immersion into illusions: Enter magical rooms that merge art, science, and technology to explore how illusions alter our perception

  • Hands-on experiment station

  • Stress free: Everything can be touched and played with

  • Scavenger hunt: A quest for kids to find Willow, a charming little character hidden throughout the museum.

  • Quizz book: Activities for older children


Considerations:


  • Compact size: Can be visited in 1 - 1.5 hr

  • Booking in advance required: Booking in advance is required due to limited tickets for specific timeslots, especially on weekends and holidays



Practical info:


Location: Werdmühlestrasse 10, 8001 Zürich (Near Zürich HB)

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 - 20:00 | Friday 10:00 – 22:00 | Saturday 09:00 – 22:00 | Sunday 09:00 – 20:00 | Tuesdays Closed

2024 Prices: Adults: 23 CHF | Kids 6 - 16: 16 CHF | Kids 2 - 5: 5 CHF | Kids under 2: Free | Family tickets available | Thursdays: 15% discount (excluding holidays)

Recommended age: Best for 2-year-olds up

Visiting time: 1-1.5 hours

Food: Nearby dining options available, separate from the museum



 


A chocolate museum showcasing the rich history of chocolate, featuring chocolate tastings, a discovery walkthrough, chocolate courses and the world's largest Lindt chocolate shop.



Fun Factors:


  • Chocolate making process walk-through: Dive into the journey from cocoa bean to chocolate bar

  • Chocolate tastings: Savor liquid chocolate and chocolate bars

  • Chocolate courses (from 5 years old): Create and decorate your own chocolate bar (sepearate ticket required)

  • Shopping: Explore the World Largest Lindt Shop and benefit from discounted prices at the Lindt chocolate outlet (no ticket required)

  • Multilingual audioguides: Enjoy interactive audioguides at each station, offering engaging stories accessible via QR code scans


Considerations:


  • Partially interactive: Limited elements are interactive, which may frustrate children under 4 years old

  • Booking in advance required: Booking in advance is required due to limited tickets for specific timeslots, especially on weekends and holidays



WhereSchokoladenplatz 1, 8802 Kilchberg

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am - 7 pm

Prices: Adults: 17 CHF | Kids 8-15 : 10 CHF | Kids under 8: Free | Group tickets, chocolate courses and guided tours available

Recommended age: Best for 4-year-olds up (not all elements are interactive)

Visiting time: 1-2 hours

Food: Lindt Café



 

4. SPORT: FIFA Museum


A large interactive football-themed museum featuring a walkthrough of football history, kids' booklets with quizzes, and various play stations.



Fun Factors:


  • Football history exhibition: Delve into the rich history of football, featuring gear, stadiums, players, rules, trophies, and other intriguing artifacts, alongside fascinating objects and multimedia displays

  • Interactive games: Guess the football mascot, a dancing station to mimic iconic celebration moves, a creative lab for arts and crafts, and a play-ball area for testing football skills on six tracks

  • Kids trail booklet: Follow a map to solve FIFA quizzes. Designed for kids who can write, but even 4-year-olds can join with help from parents. Available only in German.

  • Gaming stations: Visitors can test their e-sport skills on Xbox and PlayStation consoles


Considerations:


  • Only certain stations and games are interactive, while the main exhibition is not

  • No family friendly dining option - there is a picnic area with a vending machine and a restaurant targeting adults with limited opening hours



WhereSeestrasse 27, 8002 Zürich (Zürich Enge)

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm | Monday closed

Prices: Adults: 26 CHF | Kids 7-15 : 15 CHF | Kids under 7: Free | Group and family tickets available

Recommended age: Best for 4-5 year-olds up

Visiting time: 1-3 hours

Foodpicnic area with a vending machine on site | Restaurant adjecent



 

5. HUMAN EVOLUTION: Kulturama


Explore the human body through three Exhibitions: Where we come from, Who we are, How we learn. Plus a hands-on discovery trail.



Fun Factors:


  • Interactive discovery exhibition: Discovery trail exhibition where kids can touch and play while learning about the biology of the human body and evolution - stress free for parents

  • Discovery drawers: Explore drawers filled with objects to investigate and play with

  • Interactive exhibition about how we learn: discover how our brains work with practical examples and hands-on activities (only open during weekends from 1 to 6 pm)


Considerations:


  • "Who we are" and "Where we come from" exhibitions are not interactive - objects are displayed behind glass, so there's no need to worry about kids breaking anything

  • No restaurant or café - there is a picnic area with a vending machine



Where: Englischviertelstrasse 9, 8032 Zürich

Opening hours: Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 1 pm - 5 pm | Wednesday 1 pm - 8 pm | Saturday / Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm | How we learn exhibition open only on Saturday - Sunday

Prices: Adults: 14 CHF | Kids 6 - 16 : 9 CHF | Kids under 6: Free | Annual passes and further discounts available

Recommended age: Recommended for 6-year-olds up but 4-5 will also enjoy

Visiting time: 1 - 3 hours

Food: Picnic area with a vending machine



 

6. NATIONAL MUSEUM: Landesmuseum


The Swiss National Museum Zürich with a family section, interactive exhibits, family quiz bag and an adventure in a suitcase.



Fun Factors:


  • Four interactive themed family rooms:

    • Pirates: discover digital fishes in a magical chest, practice knot skills, learn about famous pirates

    • Trains: embark on a train, watch outside views displayed on giant screens and listen to stories

    • Oriental palace: fly magic carpets and watch"A Thousand and One Nights" stories

    • Creative: discover chest full of costumes, a mystery box with hidden objects and a creative table

  • Discovery suitcase (from 4 years old): a suitcase with activities to complete six tasks around the museum

  • Family Bag (from 7 years old): puzzle books which guides families through the museum

  • Free for kids up to 16 years old


Considerations:


  • With the exception of family rooms and the treasure hunt area, other exhibits don't allow touching or interactive play. If your kids are keen on hands-on exploration, consider skipping these sections.





Where: Next to Zürich HB (Museumstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich)

Opening hours: Tuesday - Wednesday / Friday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm | Thursday 10 am - 7 pm

Prices: Adults: 13 CHF |Kids under 17: Free | Group tickets and season passes available

Recommended age: Family rooms from 2 years old | Discovery suitcase from 4 years old | Family bag and main exhibition from 7 years old

Visiting time: Excluding main exhibition: 1 - 3 hours | Including main exhibition 2 - 4 hours

Food: Bistro and Restaurant plus many options around




 


The four natural science museums of the University of Zurich - Anthropology, Botany, Palaeontology and Zoology - merged into one.



Fun Factors:


  • Animal discovery trail with a quizz: Dive into the world of animals. Download the app to track down specific animals and solve quizzes as you explore

  • Dinosaurs: Explore dinosaur statues and skeletons

  • Animal sounds:  Interactive station to experience the sounds of various animal species

  • Miniature universe: Explore the world of insects under microscopes and magnifying glasses

  • Book and Quiz Guide: Kids can engage with the museum using a booklet and quiz printouts (available in German only, for an extra charge)

  • Toy Chest: Kids can explore drawers filled with toys and games

  • Free of charge


Considerations:


  • No cafe, restaurant nor picnic area



Where: Karl-Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 7 pm | Thursday 5:30 pm - 8 pm

Prices: Free

Recommended age: Best for 2-year-olds up

Visiting time: 1-2 hours

Food: Not available




 

8. VEHICLES: Zürich Tram Museum


A hands-on museum all about Zürich Trams, where you can jump in and play with different trams and miniatures.



Fun Factors:


  • Interactive Exploration: Visitors can freely explore trams, stress-free for parents

  • Operable Tram: Exciting hands-on experience with a tram that can be operated

  • Toys and Games: Entertainment for kids with provided toys and games

  • Educational Touch: Put on a cute helmet and get under the train to see the engineering aspects

Considerations:


  • There is no restaurant on site - shops available nearby



Where: Forchstrasse 260, 8008 Zürich 

Opening hours: Monday / Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm

Prices: Adults: 14 CHF | Teenagers 16-18 : 9 CHF | Kids 6-16 : 7 CHF | Kids under 6: Free | Group tickets and other discounts available

Recommended age: Best for 2-year-olds up

Visiting time: 1-2 hours

Food: No cafe or restaurant on site




 

9. FOOD: Mühlerama


An industrial mill where you can make flour and bake bread, plus a museum.




Fun Factors:


  • Craft your own flour: Each child received a bag of grains to mill into flour using a variety of manual tools

  • Bake your own bread: Hands-on kitchen with equipment to make dough and create our own bread

  • Slide down on a flour bag: Slide inside of the museum that spans across two floors

  • Learn about the industrial process of making flour: Discover a variety of working machines that clean grains, grind them, and produce flour on an industrial scale

  • Themed private parties


Considerations:


  • No dining options




Where: Seefeldstrasse 231, 8008 Zürich

Opening hours: Tuesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday 2 pm - 6 pm | Wednesday 2 pm - 9 pm | Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Prices: Adults: 15 CHF | Kids 6 - 18 : 9 CHF | Kids under 6: Free | Group tickets and other discounts available

Recommended age: Recommended for 6-year-olds up but 4 - 5 year olds will also enjoy

Visiting time: 1-2 hours

Food: No restaurant, café or picnic area




 

10. ENVIRONMENT: Umwelt Arena


Interactive exhibition hall dedicated to sustainability in production, consumption, transportation, work and living.Located at the border of Canton Aargau and Canton Zürich, it's technically in Aargau, but its proximity to Zürich makes it a must-visit on our list.



Fun Factors:


  • Discover sustainability through hands-on exhibits: from pedaling bicycles to generate electricity, simulating eco-friendly transportation methods, testing their balance on a platform, to creating movement with light and wind and more, kids can explore the captivating realm of sustainability.

  • Experience sustainability through games: from sorting rubbish into the right container to cutting wood, kicking a ball or trying out an electric car simulator to classic analog games like hopscotch.

  • Act sustainably through pretend play: Some booths are perfectly set up for pretend play, offering a fun and immersive experience for kids.

  • Hit the eco-friendly race track (from 5 years old): An eco-friendly 300-meter-long indoor race track where kids from 5 years old can try out pedal-karts, trottinettes, and various other fun vehicles, while adults can experience electric cars, E-Bikes, Segways, a rickshaw, a high wheel, a (parallel) tandem, and more.


Considerations:


  • Information boards and family flyer available in German only




Where: Türliackerstrasse 4, 8957 Spreitenbach

Opening hours: Wed- Sun 10 am - 5 pm | Note that opening hours for the race track differ

Prices: Adults: 21 CHF | Kids 6 - 16: 16 CHF

Recommended age: Best for 5-year-olds up, 3 - 4 year olds will also enjoy

Visiting time: 2 - 4 hours

Food: Restaurant on site




 

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