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Paleontological Museum

Paleontological Museum

Closed until 18 March 2024 due to renovation work

The Paleontological Museum will be closed for renovation work from 31 December 23 to 18 March 24. We ask for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you again afterwards.

240 Million Years Old Fossils

The University of Zurich's Paleontological Museum exhibits one of the world's most important collections of marine reptiles and fish from the middle Triassic time, about 235 to 245 million years ago. These and the extraordinarily well-preserved and scientifically valuable fossils from Monte San Giorgio, the UNESCO world heritage site in southern Ticino, form the core of the museum’s collection.

Did you know?

Fossils from in and around Zurich, the Alps and North America provide visitors with an in-depth look into the changing animal world in more recent history. In addition, colorful illustrations of long-extinct animals convey an idea of how they may have looked.

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed on Mondays.
Free Entry.

Opening hours on public holidays
Guided tours for groups (in German)

Masterpieces of Nature

A new specially designed display cabinet in the Zoological and Paleontological Museum presents 50 particularly impressive fossils.
Zoological Museum: Masterpieces


University of Zurich
Paleontological Institute and Museum
Karl-Schmid-Strasse 4
8006 Zurich
Phone + 41 44 634 38 38

UZH Map (in German)