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Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum

Competences and Skills

In its changing exhibitions and captivating events, the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich displays symbolic objects and rare documents to bring the world of non-European cultures closer to its visitors. Students and other interested persons are welcome to use our comprehensive library and explore our film, photography, sound and document archive.

Opening Hours

Tuesday / Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Free Entry.


University of Zurich
Ethnographic Museum
Pelikanstrasse 40
8001 Zurich
Phone +41 44 634 90 11

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Current Events

  • Sun, 24.9.
    12:00 Uhr
    24.9.2023, 12:00: Wer sieht was? Perspektiven auf die Objekte als Ausdruck von Vielstimmigkeit.
  • Sun, 1.10.
    11:00 Uhr
    1.10.2023, 11:00: Tag für Ayoréode in Bolivien und Paraguay
  • Wed, 4.10.
    15:00 Uhr
    4.10.2023, 15:00: Werkstatt für Studierende und junge Erwachsene: «Wie möchtest Du im Museum präsentiert sein?»
  • Thu, 5.10.
    19:00 Uhr
    5.10.2023, 19:00: «Bitter Oranges» – Reflexionen über ein Projekt
  • Thu, 12.10.
    18:00 Uhr
    12.10.2023, 18:00: Von einer Ware zurück zum Kulturerbe – erste Antworten auf die 5 Fragen.
  • Thu, 19.10.
    18:00 Uhr
    19.10.2023, 18:00: Schreinerwerk aus Plünderungen im Boxerkrieg in China.
  • Thu, 26.10.
    18:00 Uhr
    26.10.2023, 18:00: Gesammelt? Welche Geschichten und Personen verbinden sich mit den Objekten?
  • Thu, 2.11.
    19:00 Uhr
    2.11.2023, 19:00: First Steps into Visual Anthropology
  • Thu, 7.12.
    19:00 Uhr
    7.12.2023, 19:00: Ecologies. Artistic Short Films and Discussion

Weiterführende Informationen

Sammelobjekte im Museum

Mask Dances? Five Questions on Ritual Costumes from Sri Lanka

More about Mask Dances? Five Questions on Ritual Costumes from Sri Lanka

The workspace exhibition showcases newly acquired masks, costumes and ritual objects from Sri Lanka.
Until 15 September 2024.

The workshop exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum shines a light on objects that may have been looted from China.
Until 12 May 2024.

A workspace exhibition at the Ethno­gra­phic Museum explores the commer­cial collec­ting practice and the rela­tion­ships it creates. Until 21 January 2024.

Ellen and Hans Paasche


The workshop exhibition provides insights into current research between ethnology, provenance research and collaboration with experts from the region of origin. Until 21 January 2024.

Visual of the exhibition

JAPARI – Our living memory

More about JAPARI – Our living memory

Meet the magic of kené – ancestral Shipibo-Konibo geometric designs, which are usually illu­strated in tapes­tries or ceramics. Online exhi­bi­tion in Spanish, French, German and English.