"The Lake-dwellers"

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Swiss Lake-Dwellings
From February 27 to June 27, 2004

In the winter of 1854 the first «lacustrian» station was discovered on the shore of Lake Zurich - an event that excited a lively interest in the whole of Europe. The artefacts' excellent state of preservation, due to their humid surroundings, allowed for astonishing insights into the details of Neolithic and Bronze Age everyday life. Prehistory took on a wholly new course. Romantically embellished reconstructions of the presumed lake-dwellings soon fascinated the public at large. The «Lake-Dwellers» or Pfahlbauer were appointed the ancestors of the Swiss people.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of this discovery the Swiss National Museum, in association with the Department of Prehistory at the University of Zurich and the Zurich Center for Underwater Archaeology, presents a temporary exhibition devoted to the «Lake-Dwellers».
The exhibition relives the fantasies and the fascination once aroused by the lacustrian world, linking them to the most recent results of contemporary archaeology. It opposes a selection of important findings coming from all parts of Switzerland to the theories and reconstructions proposed under the last 150 years.
We invite you to take part in this dialogue between the authenticity of original findings and the fantasies of the imagination and to relive an exciting era passionate with the fever of archaeological discovery!

«The Lake-dwellers» is presented in German and French. Abstracts in English and Italian are provided.

Swiss National Museum, Zurich
Museumstrasse 2
8023 Zürich
Tel +41 (0)1 218 65 11 / Fax +41 (0)1 211 29 49
Info Tel +41 (0)1 218 65 65

Tu-Su, 10:00-17:00

Admission: CHF 12.-
Concessions CHF 8.- (permanent exhibition included)
Under 16 years of age: free

Guided visits for groups on previous booking:
Tel +41 (0)1 218 65 04 or myriam.kunz@slm.admin.ch

Complementary programs
The museum offers a large variety of activities related to the exhibition: special-focus visits, conferences, a scientific congress, visits to the laboratories and demonstrations in experimental archaeology, a contest in drawing and model- building centered on the «lacustrians» etc.

- Complementary programs
(in German only)

Museum Shop
  Order our exhibition catalogue (available in French and German) at our Museum Shop
  or online.