The FIFA World Football Museum is very excited to announce that it will be taking part in the 'Die Lange Nacht der Zürcher Museen’ – or Zurich’s Long Night of Museums – on 3 September 2016. The city-wide event features more than 50 of Zurich’s best and most exciting venues and, as it runs from 7PM to 2AM, allows guests to see a slightly different side to them too.
As well as being open to all walk-in visitors throughout the event, the new home of football history has organised a number of different tours especially for the event, with options in both English and German. Unless otherwise specified the maximum number of participants on each tour is 20 people. Guests can register for each tour at the museum. Tickets to Zurich's Long Night of Museums can be bought in person at the museum, or visit the official website for more information.
Guests can get a taste for the museum's first temporary exhibition ‘Brazil 2014 Revisited’ (opening September 21), learn the stories behind many of the unique exhibits on show and how they were acquired, or even get a taste of the technical work that goes into running the museum. In keeping with the theme of the first temporary exhibition, Sportsbar 1904 will be also screening a selection of classic football matches against a backdrop of music and cocktails – all with a distinctly Brazilian flavor, of course.
"We hope that our visitors have lots of fun on the tours we are offering and maybe even learn a few things too," said Stefan Jost, the museum's managing director.
"We have tried to make sure we offer something for most people - whether they are true football fans or have more of a passing interest.
"We are delighted that we are able to take part in the Nacht der Zürcher Museen. Having just opened the museum this year, we are very grateful to the organisers for welcoming us like this.
"Even if you’re not a football fan then at you can always take shelter in Sportsbar 1904!”
Tales from the Exhibition, 19:30-20:15
Discover the unusual range of exciting stories behind a carefully selected list of exhibits on show in the museum. Guides will explain how each of the objects were located, then tested for authenticity and, finally, donated, borrowed or purchased. Visitors will also be told of any interesting stories related to the objects themselves.
Start time: 19:30 | Language: DE | Duration: 45 minutes
Jogo Bonito: Brazilian Football
As the most successful football nation in the world, Brazil and Brazilian footballers have lit up the history of the sport. This particular tour concentrates on Brazilian football and on a selection of Brazilian exhibits that are on show in the museum. A small taste of things to come, the tour should serve as the perfect appetizer to our first temporary exhibition ‘Brazil 2014 Revisited’ which opens on 21 September.
Start times: 20:00, 22:00 | Language: DE | Duration: 1 hour
The Story Behind the Object
See the exhibits on show within the museum in a whole new light as you learn about their exciting backstories. Whether it is the green and white striped jersey of CA Kimberley that France wore in the 1978 World Cup or the hat of Germany’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, many of the items on show have their own unique anecdotes.
Start times: 20:30, 22:30 | Language: EN | Duration: 1 hour
Behind the Scenes Tour
Listen to the museum’s audio and video technicians as they provide visitors with a unique look at the inner workings of a 21st century museum. See behind the scenes at the museum and witness the technical possibilities. This tour is limited to 12 guests.
Time: 21:00, 23:00 | Language: DE | Duration: 1 hour
Brazilian Street Food
In addition to the specially created tours, the museum’s gastro team will be offering visitors a selection of food and drink options. To go along with the Brazilian section of the event (and our upcoming temporary exhibition) The Bistro will be serving guests a free welcome drink and a variety of tasty treats filled with Brazilian flavour from various street food stalls set up for the event. This option will be running throughout the Long Night of the Museums event.
Treasures from the FIFA Archives
Enjoy the giant LED screens in Sportsbar 1904 lit up by historical images of football accompanied by some Brazilian cocktails and a little Brazilian music too - as well as the usual selection of gourmet finger food and drinks on offer at the bar. Visitors who want to watch live sport as usual will be catered for and the bar will be open until 2:00AM.
Children are welcome at all of our events, though we ask that anybody under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult.