Activities for families & children

Photos: Franziska Dusek, Michael Lio

Our "Workshops for everyone" series explores specific themes from the exhibitions in a fun, creative way. Whether you are bringing your children, grandchildren, godchildren, or indeed visiting as an unaccompanied adult, these "Workshops for everyone" give people of all generations a chance to hammer, crush, combine, experiment and discover. A visit to the museum is an experience for the whole family.

An annual highlight is the "Construction site for everyone" workshop on the square in front of the museum. During the first week of the school holidays each spring, children and young people take up the challenge and build actual rooms – which are quite sizeable! – out of wooden battens and boards, using saws, cordless screwdrivers and plenty of imagination.

These workshops are very popular, so early registration is advisable. Please note the age recommendations.

Activities for families and children are held in German.

To current activities on the German website

Plan your visit

Opening hours & Public holidays

Tuesday to Sunday

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


10 a.m. – 8 p.m.



Please note our special opening hours on public holidays.

Holiday opening hours 2018

New Year’s Day, Monday, 1 January 2018, closed
Local holiday, Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fasnacht carnival, Sunday, 18 February 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fasnacht carnival, Monday, 19 February 2018, closed
Maundy Thursday, Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Good Friday, Friday, 30 March 2018, closed
Easter Sunday, Sunday, 1 April 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Easter Monday, Monday, 2 April 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Labour Day, Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ascension Day, Thursday, 10 May 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Whit Sunday, Sunday, 20 May 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Whit Monday, Monday, 21 May 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
St. Alban's Festival, Saturday, 30 June 2018, closed
St. Alban's Festival, Sunday, 1 July 2018, closed
National holiday, Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve, Monday, 24 December 2018, closed
Christmas Day, Tuesday, 25 December 2018, closed
Boxing Day, Wednesday, 26 December 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New Year’s Eve, Monday, 31 December 2018, closed

Tickets & Private functions

Temporary exhibitions (includes MATERIAL ARCHIV and Uhrenmuseum Winterthur)
CHF 12

Temporary exhibitions: students, senior citizens, KulturLegi/CarteCulture cardholders, groups of 10 or more (includes MATERIAL ARCHIV and Uhrenmuseum Winterthur)


MATERIAL ARCHIV only: students, senior citizens, KulturLegi/CarteCulture cardholders, groups of 10 or more

Children and young people up to the age of 16, schools and adult education establishments, visitors registered as disabled, Winterthur Museum Pass and Swiss Museum Pass holders, VMS and ICOM members

Public guided tours

Private tours and catering

Private groups can put together a tailor-made cultural programme for their visit to the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur. We offer private tours during and outside our regular opening hours. If you wish, you can also book a drinks reception with buffet at the museum, organized by our in-house catering team.

Information and enquiries

T +41 (0)52 267 51 36 or

Prices of private tours
Private tours during opening hours
CHF 150

Private tours outside opening hours
CHF 250

Plus reduced entry fee per person, entire museum

Plus reduced entry fee per person, MATERIAL ARCHIV only

Room hire for private functions: please enquire.

Directions & Parking

Getting here by public transport

Walk from Winterthur main railway station to Untertor, continue along Marktgasse as far as the fountain, turn right into Untere Kirchgasse and continue to Kirchplatz. This takes just under 10 minutes on foot from the station.

Or travel two stops on bus number 1, 3, 5 or 14 from the main railway station, alighting at the Stadthaus stop. Then turn right into Oberer Graben, right into Marktgasse, left into Obere Kirchgasse and continue to Kirchplatz.

Online timetable ZVV
Online timetable SBB

From Zurich take the Winterthur-Töss exit, from St. Gallen take the Oberwinterthur exit and from Schaffhausen take the Winterthur-Ohringen exit and proceed to the Technikum-Nord car park (no parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the museum), then walk through Steinberggasse and Obere Kirchgasse to Kirchplatz.

Deliveries / Dropping off and picking up passengers

On Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings, access via Technikumstrasse, Neumarkt, Steinberggasse and Obere Kirchgasse is closed because of the street market.

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur
Kirchplatz 14
CH-8400 Winterthur

T +41 (0)52 267 51 36

Friends of the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur

Would you like to make an active contribution to the success of our exhibitions? Ambitious museums rely on committed individuals – why not support selected activities of the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur by becoming a Friend of the Gewerbemuseum?


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