Swiss Finance Museum
Zurich opened on 28th June 2017 – the new Swiss Finance Museum or Schweizer Finanzmuseum. Located in the new global head office of SIX, the operator of Swiss financial infrastructure, in the heart of Züri West, it is bound to be a popular destination for anyone interested in how the financial markets work and the origins of our economic history.
There are tons of interesting facts and figures about the financial markets and all displayed across a variety of multimedia. There is information on stock exchange trading, the capital market, financial instruments and payment transactions and one of the top attractions is the large collection of historical shares and bonds from all over the world
The museum is run by the foundation Collection of Historical Securities, a charitable foundation established by SIX and as well as guided tours you can also download an app to have your own private tour. Additionally there is also a café located in the building.
NewInZurich writer Clive Greaves went to visit and this is his report:
I have to say that it is worth a couple of hours of anyone’s time, banker, ex-banker or not, and a good destination for NIZ followers to take their adult visitors on a rainy day in Zurich.
There is a useful, wall-mounted guide to the various stages of the industrial revolution, which gives a good timeline to the main attraction here; the exhibition of financial instruments – share certificates – from the earliest trading voyages of the Dutch to the Far East up to, for example, a share certificate in Charlie Chaplin’s Film Company.
These certificates are real; historic documents which must be worth a fortune. I have to admit to a personal interest; when I was working on the inspection staff of Barclays Bank in London in the ‘60s one of my jobs was to count them and check off the total in the ledger in green ink specially issued for the purpose. Crashingly boring at the time, but fascinating now.
There is even a chance to play day trader at an interactive station and see a display off payment terminals, from the first time that we did not have to go into the bank to draw money to the present.
Also to be mentioned, and close to your correspondent’s heart, is the café; Café West, which is a smart, well-staffed place to take a coffee and maybe something sweet after your visit.