On 2010, the Tree Museum situated on 75,000 square meters of breathtaking land near Upper Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, opened officially its gates.The Tree Museum exhibits individual trees from the collection of Enzo Enea, the Swiss landscape architect and one of the world’s most prominent tree collectors.
In a series of open spaces we show our appreciation for trees by using them to create spaces in a unique way that integrates aesthetics, sustainability, history and lifetime. The collection is solely composed of varieties which belong to our climate zone. With the Tree Museum, Enzo Enea has accomplished his vision of combining landscape, botany, art, architecture, and design.
The Museum features approximately 50 trees representing more than 25 varieties- several examples of which are more than 100 years old- creating an aura of immortality and an awareness of ‘time’. Another 100 trees and plants are located in the Park which surrounds the Tree Museum. In total, the Enea grounds contain more than 3000 exclusive wood species.
ART IN THE TREE MUSEUM
The only tree museum worldwide is an exceptional place both for garden lovers and for those interested in art. Since 2013, the 75,000-square-meter park has provided the setting for contemporary sculptures created by renowned artists. These works of art engage in a subtle dialogue with the gardens, extending the holistic vision behind Enzo Enea’s design concept.
Through the long-term project Art in the Tree Museum, the traditional connection between art and nature is enjoying a revival. Thanks to Enzo Enea, a tradition that almost disappeared in the course of the twentieth century is once again a focal point for debate and discussion in the art world. The precise choreography of the relationship between art, landscape, and flora creates a unique and fascinating sense of space and has a positive influence on the microclimate. As Enzo Enea says, “My aim is not decoration, but integration.”
This passion-driven project continually attracts especially distinguished representatives of the international contemporary art scene. Their sculptures engender in a myriad of facets and forms impressive and memorable sensations of space, color, and shape – the sculptures in the Tree Museum stand erect set in contrast to the pre-Alpine horizon and lend an arresting and striking tone to the precisely curated garden landscape.
Admission Tree Museum
Adults: CHF 15
Groups (from 10 persons) and students with ID: CHF 12
Guided tours for groups on request.
March to October
Mo to Fr 9 am to 6 pm | Sa 10 am to 5 pm
November to February
Mo to Fr 9 am to 5:30 pm | Sa 10 am to 4 pm
Closed on Sundays, public holidays and from December 24 through January 31.
Traveling by public transport
Timetable Bus 621