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Fondation Martin Bodmer - Bibliotheque et Musee

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Amazing museum... beautiful location and architecture. Priceless collection of rare books, letters... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2019
Paris, France
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A must for booklovers

To me, the best part was standing in front of a Gutenberg Bible (one on paper) and knowing what... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2018
Tony R
Gilboa, New York
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Place of exception in Geneva and unique in Europe. The Martin Bodmer Foundation gathers a collection of originals, constituted by papyri, manuscripts, incunabula, archaeological documents, autographs, drawings. In this modern museum designed by...more
route Martin-Bodmer 19-21, Cologny 1223, Switzerland
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Reviewed 19 January 2019 via mobile

Amazing museum... beautiful location and architecture. Priceless collection of rare books, letters, signatures... the written word.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank LoveParisSGdP
Reviewed 1 November 2018

To me, the best part was standing in front of a Gutenberg Bible (one on paper) and knowing what this book meant to European history - how many wars, how much change in society grew out of this book. The are books older and newer...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony R
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Besides showing really fascinating first edition and unique books, this museum is designed and organized in an excellent way. The books look like birds flying in a dark sky. The people working at the reception are really friendly and ready to help.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank ilprofpisa
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is one of the museum highlights in Geneva region. By great weather it is clearly worth the trip to Cologny located a few kilometers away. It has an amazing collection of unique ancient books. People without a car can access it by bus A...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank incahueca
Reviewed 17 August 2016

A magnificent exhibition about the creation of Frankenstein by Shelleys wife. The various explanations given by the guides are all very interesting.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Steven G
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Super cool place and special exhibit for 200 anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with detailed guided audio tour. An excellent collection of ancient papyrus, with copies of the Egyptian Book of the Dead and even a Gutenberg Bible on display! The Library has just been...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 28 September 2014

Beautifully located overlooking the lake. This is a famous collection but I rate it poor as at 15 CHF admission is in my view expensive. The female narrator on the (free English version) audio guide is laughably bad - a malapropism twice repeated was the...More

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank eclectic6
Reviewed 18 September 2014

If you're interested in books and manuscripts, or history in general, this is one museum you don't want to miss. From Ancient Egyptian papyrus to the first Gutenberg Bible, with first editions from Avicenna to Shakespeare and from Newton to Hemingway. Every item on display...More

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank JPKraus
Reviewed 14 September 2014

this is a fabulous small private museum which costs 15 CHF and has many priceless rare books back to the 3rd century as well as other manuscripts. There is always a temporary exposition in the basement. Very handsome grounds. easy parking

Date of experience: September 2014
Thank hask74
Reviewed 9 September 2014

Located in Cologny, neighboring Geneva, with parking limited to 15 spaces, the Foundation is accessible by Bus A and Bus 33 from Geneva, and provides a welcome antidote to today's e-books and Kindles because it traces the history of books with real examples. The earliest...More

Date of experience: September 2014
Thank Bob B
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