Welcome to the Medical Collection of the University of Zurich


The University of Zurich’s Medical Collection is one of the most significant in Europe. More than 20’000 objects are currently being inventoried and prepared for scientific research. The collection focuses on medical instruments and equipment for diagnosis and therapy.

The Zurich collection’s high coverage of the 19th century and exemplary pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries set it apart from other similar collections. The surgical, obstetrical, ophthalmological and orthopaedic subcollections are especially extensive. Further highlights include instruments and equipment used for research and surgery by important doctors of the University of Zurich and the surrounding region, as well as devices and remedies used in alternative medicine.

Organizational Structure

We became part of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM) in August 2016. At the same time, our establishment for scientific exchange between museums, teaching and research was launched at the new facility in Schlieren.

We are a member of the Swiss Museums Association and commit to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums.

We continue the collection of the former Institute and Museum of Medical History and we are listed as an A-object in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance (Edition 2009, ZH, Schlieren, page 448).

Insight into the collection: subtle diversity of ligation tweezers