Along with the Botanical Gardens (Old and New), the Paleontology, Ethnographic, and Zoological Museums (among others), the University of Zürich also houses an Archeological Museum. Only 10 minutes down the hill by foot from our flat.
The ground floor displays a variety of pots and some sculptures from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Etruscans, and Ancient Egypt. None of the signs are in English, and most of the vocabulary is mysterious to me, so I just made up little stories about the pieces and enjoyed the interesting figures on the pots. Some of the pieces had no signage at all.
No photos are allowed, so you have to look at their website to get an idea of what it looks like.
The real treat came downstairs, though. Apparently the collection started in the 19th C. with plaster casts of antique sculptures. I really, really wanted to take a picture here, but I was so good in restraining myself. I did find this photo online of what looks like a wall in your local garden store that sells garden statues.
These are just the busts. Along the outer walls, and in the rooms on either end of the long hall are some very, very tall statues – 2-3 times larger than actual humans. One reminded us of a very large bust of the Statue of Liberty.
We were alone down there, which was just a little creepy. Creepy in a fun way. As we walked, automatic lights came on. And then we found out that we were NOT alone. Hidden in a back corner was a woman who, I think, was sketching.
H could not resist taking a photo of this guy – Plato. It reminded us very much of someone we know back home. Our friend’s beard is a little shorter, though.