FIFA Museum - Central Switzerland

In Zurich, a unique celebration of football

Evolution of footballs, FIFA Museum
 
About FIFA Museum

Available: Tuesday-Sunday, all year aside from public holidays

Example travel costs

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE

Tell Pass: FREE as far as Zug, then 18 Sfr (return)

Half Fare Card: 30 Sfr return from Lucerne

Entrance payable locally: 24 Sfr per adult and 14 Sfr 7-15 years. FREE entry with the Swiss Travel Pass. 

Opened in 2016, the FIFA Museum has quickly established itself as a landmark museum in Zurich. It is also easily reached from Lucerne.

The Museum has a fine collection of objects dedicated to the history of international football and demonstrates how the game continues to connect and inspire people around the world. There are plenty of excellent interactive exhibits for the young and young at heart. A highlight for many visitors will be viewing the trophies, including the FIFA World Cup trophy and the Women's World Cup trophy. 

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Highlights

Planet Football entrance hall

The entrance hall to the FIFA Museum is known as Planet Football. The centrepiece is The Rainbow, a spectacular display of all 211 national team shirts of the FIFA Member Associations - a powerful symbol of how football touches every part of the planet. The shirts are not arranged alphabetically or by world ranking, but by colour, creating the amazing rainbow which you can walk along and examine the shirts.

The hall is surrounded by huge LED screens showing scenes from football around the world, while the 8 metre Timeline presents the highlights of association football since its creation in Britain in 1863. The dates on which each country joined FIFA show the growing enthusiasm for football through the decades. The Timeline also shows when new competitions were inaugurated and marks when laws have been changed. 

Foundations and Cinema

From Planet Football you descend to the smallest gallery in the museum - The Foundations - which showcases the early years of the game, with the focus on the Laws of the Game and early international competition. The highlight in this gallery is the Jules Rimet Cup, including part of the original trophy made by Abel Lafleur in 1930. 

Also on this level is The Cinema – a breathtaking 180° panorama screen showing an original short film comprising highlights from FIFA World Cup finals over the years.

FIFA World Cup Gallery

At the heart of the museum is The FIFA World Cup Gallery, dedicated to the history of both the men’s and the women’s World Cups. There are showcases dedicated to every World Cup that has ever been staged, along with interactive stations and audio-visual content. Visitors can track the development of footballs through the years and see historic kits and advertising posters. Pelé's 1958 tracksuit is here as well as the gold medal won by April Heinrichs, the first woman to lift the Women's World Cup in 1991.

Since the opening of the museum in 2016, it has been the home of the FIFA World Cup Trophy and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy. They both have pride of place in the gallery and only leave when they are being competed for. 

The Virtual Pitch

On the next floor of the museum you will find The Virtual Pitch - a unique experience with numerous multimedia and interactive applications celebrating the eFootball phenomenon. As well as being able to sit awhile and play, you can learn about the technological development of the games over the years and discover the global tournaments which now take place.

Library and Fields of Play

On this floor you will also find The Library which serves as a major hub for football research, boasting the biggest collection of football books, magazines and documentation anywhere in the world. Wander over to the Fields of Play area which focuses on football and its impact on society - as an inspiration, as an art form and a way of life in all different cultures. To finish, there is a giant walk-in football Pinball machine - visitors can test their skills with a ball over five disciplines - great fun!

Refreshments and souvenirs

The Bistro offers small snacks and drinks, while the Sportsbar 1904 is a lively restaurant with a full menu. There are plenty of screens on the walls, as the restaurant shows live matches from around the world whenever possible.

The Museum Shop has a wide range of souvenirs from football memorabilia, replica kits and custom made items for the museum as well as toys, games and books. 


Directions

The FIFA Museum is located in Zurich and can be reached easily for those staying in the city, as well as from the holiday resorts of Lucerne, Schaffhausen and St. Gallen. 

The Museum is very close to Bahnhof Enge in the city (served by S-Bahn trains 2, 8, 21 & 24 or trams 5, 6 & 7).

From Lucerne, it is an hour's journey to Enge, with a change at Zug.  From Schaffhausen the journey is direct and takes 1 hour 15. From St. Gallen, it is also 1 hour 15 minutes, with a change at Zurich main station.

 

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World Cup tournaments through the ages, FIFA Museum

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