Over the next few minutes we will be breaking down everything we know about art in Zurich in full detail and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Zurich art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
Our goal here at FindArtNearYou is to make this a one stop shop that has all the information that you need but we also know your time is valuable so will get on with it already.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Zurich
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Zurich you can go to:
- Kunsthaus Zurich at Heimplatz 1
- Museum für Gestaltung at Pfingstweidstrasse 96
- Kunsthalle Zurich at Limmatstrasse 270
- Swiss National Museum at Museumstrasse 2
- Galerie Eva Presenhuber at Zahnradstrasse 21
- Pavillon Le Corbusier at Höschgasse 8
- Museum Rietberg at Gablerstrasse 15
- Museum Haus Konstruktiv at Selnaustrasse 25
- Helmhaus at Limmatquai 31
- Galerie Gmurzynska at Paradeplatz 2
- Hauser & Wirth at Limmatstrasse 270
There are over 4,000 paintings and sculptures plus nearly 100,000 prints and drawings available at the Kunsthaus Zurich and many date back all the way to the 13th Century including works from Picasso, Monet, Alberto Giacometti, Chagall, and more. Head over starting at 10am every day of the week except for Monday when they are closed.
Since 1875 many have considered The Museum für Gestaltung Zurich to be the leading Swiss museum for design and visual communication and their massive collection has more than half a million objects on display that you can see from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday but they close a little later at 8pm on Thursday. It is also a good place to go to find art education programs and private workshops.
Another place with a massive collection is the Swiss National Museum which has over 850,000 unique objects in its collection and is open from 10am to 5pm most days but they are closed on Monday and stay open until 7pm on Thursday. You will find incredible photos by René Burri at Pavillon Le Corbusier plus they have art education programs for schools in your area.
The only museum for non-European art in Switzerland is Museum Rietberg and they have around 60,000 international works in their collection that is available starting at 10am throughout the week except for Monday.
One of the major competitions on the local calendar is the Zurich Art Prize given out by Museum Haus Konstruktiv which is usually only open Wednesday through Friday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials like:
- Boesner at Luegislandstrasse 105
- Artwareshop at Seefeldstrasse 224
- Strehler Farbwaren at Zweierstrasse 130
- Thomas Lachenmeier & Co at Josefstrasse 29
- Fabrikat at Militärstrasse 76
- Papeterie Zumstein at Rennweg 19
Not only can you buy a wide selection of supplies and materials at Boesner but they also have local in-store art courses and can handle your framing needs.
You can get everything from color mixing to consulting to framing services or try a painting and drawing workshop at Thomas Lachenmeier & Co.
There are workshops for calligraphy, brush lettering, sign painting, drawing, and more at Fabrikat.
Shows & Events
Some of the best shows and events held here are:
- Art International in September or October
- Zurich Art Weekend in June
- The Long Night of Zurich Museums in September
Every year around the time that September turns to October one of the major events on the schedule goes down, that being Art International Zurich.
One of the biggest summer events is the popular Zurich Art Weekend which happens in early June when this massive three day event takes place in over 50 locations across town.
The Swiss Museum for Design and Visual Communication presents the Long Night of Zurich Museums over the first weekend of September.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Sotheby’s at Talstrasse 83
- Kunstwarenhaus at Neumarkt 6
- Lumas Galerie at Marktgasse 7
- Raphael Levy Marchand d’Art at Forchstrasse 84
- Ateliena 79 at Seefeldstrasse 259
Sotheby’s is one of the leading names in art auctions worldwide so you know that you can rely on them to handle the auction with professionalism and to make sure everything goes as planned with your sale or purchase.
Local art rentals for business or homes are available at Kunstwarenhaus plus you can even try out a piece for seven days before you decide whether you want to buy it or not.
At Lumas Galerie they will give you a free consultation to help you choose the right piece plus they can handle delivery and assembly.
You can rent art or get on-site advisory services at Ateliena 79.
The Free Walking Tours will take you past creative local street art as well as some of the museums you previously read about on this page.
Remember that during Zurich Art Week there will be works on display in dozens of locations around the city so that is the perfect time to take your own art walk.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find really unique sculptures and statues in your area like:
- Sheep Piece at Seefeldquai 51
- Max Bill Pavillon-Skulptur at Bahnhofstrasse 47
- Escultura de Caballo de Piedra at Zurich Town Hall
- L’ange Protecteur at Bahnhofpl 15
- Verso La Luce at Feldstrasse 24
- Ganymede Statue at Bürkliterrasse
Sheep Piece is located in Zürichhorn Park and was created by Henry Moore back in the mid 1970’s.
The granite Pavillon-Skulptur was sculpted by Max Bill and erected in 1983.
In 1965 Niki De Saint Phalle designed and sculpted the L’ange Protecteur.
In the mid 80’s Silvio Mattioli thought up and made the Verso La Luce sculpture.
And finally at Lake Zurich you can find Hermann Hubacher’s Ganymede Statue.
Zurich Art Classes
We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Zurich art schools and classes can be found at:
- Zurich University of the Arts at Pfingstweidstrasse 96
- F+F School for Art and Media Design Zurich at Flurstrasse 89
- Paintlounge at Bederstrasse 82
- School of Art and Design Zurich at Binzstrasse 39
- Habi-Art Kunstmalschule at Altstetterstrasse 193
Zurich University of the Arts is a major university that has a variety of degree and continuing education programs.
There are youth classes and specialist courses available at F+F School for Art and Media Design.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2pm to 6pm at Paintlounge you can try one of their free painting workshops near you.
The School of Art and Design has classes for all ages plus summer academies for children aged 12 to 16.
Kids aged 8 and up can try the group classes or private lessons at Kreativkurse für Kinder und Teenager.
Other places we have listed previously on this page that also have some variety of art classes or workshops in Zurich are Museum für Gestaltung, Kunsthalle Zurich, Pavillon Le Corbusier, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Boesner, Spraywall Graffiti Shop, Fabrikat and Papeterie Zumstein.
Studios For Rent Near You
Those of you who are ready to start a big project can find art studios in your area like:
A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Zurich are:
- Studio Arte Flückiger AG at Stauffacherquai 46
- Rahmenatelier Kanzlei at Strassburgstrasse 11
- Atelier Hohl AG at Schaffhauserstrasse 248
- Art Poster Gallery Zurich AG at Stadelhoferstrasse 28
- Mörgeli Bilderrahmen at Schipfe 3
You can find small frames or others larger than 4 meters at Studio Arte Flückiger AG.
For frame restorations, invisible anti-theft protection, or installation of suspension systems head to Rahmenatelier Kanzlei.
For nearly 50 years Atelier Hohl AG has been one of the go to spots for local residents when it comes to framing near you.
There are more than a thousand exclusive frame profiles available at Art Poster Gallery Zurich AG.
Boesner and Thomas Lachenmeier & Co from our art supply list also do framing in your area.
You may also want to read our other local art guides for:
Have Fun Enjoying The Zurich Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Zurich!