The Swiss Heritage Center shows exhibitions and, with its guided visits, theatre tours and workshops, offers an enjoyable introduction to the wide-ranging topic of building culture. We are located on the ground and garden floors of the unique Villa Patumbah surrounded by a historic park.
We are delighted to welcome you to the Swiss Heritage Center! To take part in a guided tour or event, please register via registration form The number of participants is limited until further notice.
Entry is only permitted with a valid COVID certificate. Persons under 16 years of age are exempt from this rule.
Updated on: 17.09.2021
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 2–5pm
Thursday, Sunday: 12–5pm
Groups and school classes by appointment.
The exhibitions are located on the ground and garden floors. The second floor with the Asian gallery can be visited on a guided tour.
Ascension Day, 13.05.: open from 12-5 pm
Whit Sunday, 23.05.: open from 12-5 pm
Whit Monday, 24.05.: open from 2-5 pm
Swiss National Holiday, 01.08.: closed
Adult CHF 10 / 5*
Children (6–16 years) CHF 5
Family CHF 25
Admission with voluntary donation CHF 20
*Reduction: Swiss Heritage Society members, students, visitors with a disability (IV), KulturLegi culture card
Free admission: Swiss Museum Pass incl. Raiffeisen Member cards, ICOM, Friends of Villa Patumbah Club
Swiss Heritage Center at the Villa Patumbah
044 254 57 90 (Monday–Friday: 2–5pm)
We recommend arriving by public transport. The Swiss Heritage Center is a 5–10 minute walk from the closest public transport stops.
Access from Mühlebachstrasse (through park, no winter maintenance): Tram 2 or 4 to the Fröhlichstrasse stop
Access from Zollikerstrasse: Bus 33 or 77 to the Botanischer Garten stop
From the main train station, we recommend taking Tram 4 to the Fröhlichstrasse stop.
Parking spaces are not provided on site. Public parking is available on Zollikerstrasse and Mühlebachstrasse.
The Patumbah Park is a public municipal facility. It is open from 6am to 10pm between April and September and from 5:30am to 6:45pm between October and March. No winter maintenance.
The exhibitions on the ground floor (with toilet) and the garden level are wheelchair accessible. We would be grateful for advance notice by e-mail or telephone. Contact us to participate in a guided tour or event.
The popular publications of the Swiss Heritage Society, a colourfully printed gym bag with the Patumbah dragon, or books and articles on the current exhibition: you will find a wide range of delightful surprises for young and old. Flip through the pages of the Swiss Heritage Society magazine and glance at the various publications – there to discover, browse or give as a gift.
Come by or visit our web shop.
In addition to the Swiss Heritage Center, the offices of the Swiss Heritage Society, the Ferien im Baudenkmal Foundation for holidays in buildings of historic significance and the Schoggitaler chocolate medallion fundraising campaign are also located in the Villa Patumbah. Together we form a centre for building culture.
The Patumbah Foundation owns the villa and the associated coach house and is committed to their preservation. It rents out the villa to the Swiss Heritage Society and the coach house to private individuals.
The City of Zurich owns the southern part of the park. It maintains the public historic park grounds through the Grün Stadt Zürich Department. It is the contact point for enquiries regarding rental of the garden pavilion or permits for events in the park.
The Hammam Basar + Salon is located next to the lower entrance of the park on Mühlebachstrasse. In addition to a hammam visit, you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean-Maghreb specialities from the salon’s kitchen or simply a coffee.
We look forward to welcoming you on a guided or theatre tour of our exhibition and the rooms of the Villa Patumbah.
Follow up the tour with an aperitif served by our catering partner Viplunch in the ornate halls of the Villa’s ground floor and the stately veranda overlooking the park.
Facility rental is only possible in connection with booking of the above offer. All rooms are used as exhibition or office space. Photo shoots with the villa as a backdrop are possible from the outside. If you would like to use the external staircases, the enclosed entrance hall or the covered veranda, please get in touch. For permission to hold events in the park or to rent the garden pavilion, please contact Grün Stadt Zürich directly. Events on public property are subject to permit.