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Museum of Art and History

rue Charles-Galland 2, Geneva 1206, Switzerland
+41 22 418 26 00
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Built between 1903 and 1910 by Genevan architect Marc Camoletti, with the aim of regrouping under one roof a number of dispersed public collections, the Musée d'art et d'histoire is one of Switzerland's most important encyclopaedic museums. Boasting over half a million objects including a number of major works and unique series that have made it an institution of international stature, the museum maintains a permanent exhibition of a selection of itsapplied arts, fine arts and archaeology collections. Regional archaeological discoveries, Egyptian and Classical antiquities, artworks, furniture, arms, musical instruments, paintings and sculptures all bear witness to 15,000 years of history. A renovation and enlargement project is currently underway and constitutes one of the major challenges facing the Museum over the coming years.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
rue Charles-Galland 2, Geneva 1206, Switzerland
+41 22 418 26 00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent around 4 hours here and really enjoyed it. A fantastic collection of art on the top floor and an interesting level with Egyptian artefacts, the basement floor also was worth a look for the local history. Take comfortable footwear as its a huge building...More

Thank LizzieLondon2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is full of interesting exhibits! The temporary exhibit on museum architechture was very interesting and there was a huge range of historic artefacts to look at. The art was excellent and nicely arranged in each room. This museum is free!! It was very...More

Thank Ella G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The entrance is free of charge and you should not miss it. Open seven days a week, the Museum features Egyptian, Greek and Roman pieces along with a relevant collection of paintings ranging from Picasso to Van Gogh and Monet. Multimedia support will guide you...More

Thank Marco S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the museum which encaptures over half a million objects including a number of major works and unique series of regional archaeological discoveries all bearing witness to over 15,000 years of history. Well worth a visit, with free entry to enjoy all on offer and...More

Thank anthonygD2122LV
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Very pleasant atmosphere in historic buildings. The different exhibitions of many periods gives you a feeling of history. Staff extremely informative and kind.

Thank Jórunn R
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Not much history and the art is rather limited, but a very nice place to walk around. Together with the Museum of Natural History, which is a 5 minute walk away, we spent a half-day.

Thank onetireddude
Reviewed 18 August 2017

A really neat museum, I actually went twice during my stay because there was so much to see. It is completely free and has such a romantic and quite feel about it. I loved it.

Thank Chelsie D
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

The entrance is Free. How Nice! There are a lot of very Nice and interesting paintings. It must be said: B work by A painters, or A work by B painters. There is a big Tingeluy thing, there is Van Gogh, Monet... we stayed for...More

1  Thank diana56
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I would like to visite museums in different cities when I have time for it. There aren't many museums in Geneva. I had a couple free days and didn't know what to do myself. I've visited this museum without some expectation and was pleasently surprised....More

Thank Mikhail K
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

It turned out that the entry is free and off to exploring I went. One temporary exhibit consisted of various armor, firearms and other weapons of the early modern period. Most interesting to me by far. History of the Geneva area was interesting as well...More

Thank Kalle L
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Alix T
7 May 2016|
Response from Lexi797 | Reviewed this property |
there is an underground car park adjacent to the museum. I've never driven in Geneva, so I'm not sure about rules or pricing.