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Museum of Art and History

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Address: 2 Rue Charles-Galland, Geneva 1206, Switzerland
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+41 22 418 26 00
11:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Built between 1903 and 1910 by Genevan architect Marc Camoletti, with the...

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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Lovely Free Museum

This is a medium-large sized museum in the centre of Geneva. It is free entry and has lots of different kinds of art. It wasn't very busy when I was there (a Thursday afternoon... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a medium-large sized museum in the centre of Geneva. It is free entry and has lots of different kinds of art. It wasn't very busy when I was there (a Thursday afternoon) and it kept me entertained for 90 minutes. It has lots of different kinds of paintings, portraits, landscapes etc as well as sculptures and historical artefacts.... More 

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Treviso, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Museum of Art and History is a wonderful museum in the centre of the city. At MAH you have a lot of rooms with numerous piece of art from the Ancient Greek, Roman Empire, the Ancient Egypt and from XVI century. After the first floor of History, the second floor is full of paintings and it was a big surprise... More 

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Chrudim, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Museum of Art and History is a typical museum, which shows a lot of finds from prehistory to modern age ( for example strange paintings which I don't understand what is on them and why they are so valuable :-) ). I liked ancient Egypt collection with a mummy and sarcophagus, ancient Greece and Roman collections as well as a... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I stumbled upon this museum towards the end of my recent stay in Geneva. The museum looks like a old palace and it is several floors high. The interior of the museum is grand with dramatic staircases and some beautiful stained glass windows. The exhibits are varied from Swiss art and artifacts from the medieval age to the Roman, Egyptian... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

While this Museum will not hold extraordinary treausures, it makes for a pleasant afternoon and some hidden treasures: the blue Pastel room for example contains some of the most beautiful paintigs I have ever seen (and yes, I have seen multiple times most of the biggest museums in Europe). Give it a try. We are actually going back tomorrow as... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

I once thought that Geneva, being the center of many UN offices, would have many international people visiting the city and so the museums in Geneva would be automatically designed to cater these international visitors, turned out I was wrong. Most of the information, if not all, were written only in French. There were just one or two corners in... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Absolutely loved it - went over the weekend mid december. If i come back to geneva i'm definitely going to come back to this museum. Has collections from ancient rome, greece and egypt.

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Fryazino, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A 5 storey palace invites you to surf decorative and fine arts trough centuries: from the prehistoric times to contemporary paintings and sculpture. The exposition is perfectly arranged both chronologically and thematic. Fine art section has a vast collection of Swiss painters, e.g. Liotard and Holder. Rich numismatic collection. Immense hall of arms and armours. If you'd like to have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

A good place for a rainy day in Geneva, Free entry. I thought the antiquities were the best. Note: most exhibit descriptions are in French only.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We explored this museum on a Saturday and it was not crowded at all. One of the floors is currently closed but the rest of the museum was very interesting. I would give it about three hours to explore adequately.

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