Lonely Planet Writer

If the world of finance is your currency, you won't be short-changed by this new Swiss museum

A new museum has opened in Switzerland, and it is dedicated to a fairly unusual subject – the world of finance. If that’s an area that interests you, and let’s face it, it fascinates many people, the Schweizer Finanzmuse or Swiss Finance Museum will be the place to hit up the next time you’re in Zurich.

A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuseum
A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuseum

The museum combines historical exhibits with state-of-the-art multimedia installations, and is located in the new global head office of SIX, which operates Switzerland’s financial infrastructure including its main stock market, the SIX Swiss Exchange. It provides visitors to the museum with a fun way of learning more about the players, processes and developments in the Swiss financial centre, and focuses on stock exchange trading, the capital market, financial instruments and payment transactions.

A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuse
A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuse

It demonstrates a simplified version of the training programme used to prepare stockbrokers for working on the Swiss stock exchange, while an interactive game lets visitors run through a day on the exchange. They can also admire what is described as the one of the most significant collection of historical securities worldwide, with 10,000 shares and bonds from more than 150 countries.

A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuse
A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuse

This year’s special exhibition, “Famous – From the collection of the Finance Museum,” gives visitors an insight into the lives of famous people through the prism of historical securities, including Charlie Chaplin, Maria Theresa and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuse
A new museum dedicated to the world of finance has opened in Switzerland. Image: Schweizer Finanzmuse

The Schweizer Finanzmuseum opens from Monday to Friday each week, and offers private guided tours as well as regular public tours. An audioguide app in German or English can be downloaded free of charge. See here for further information.