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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
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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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Interesting art collection

My mother was visiting for the weekend so we decided to visit the museum and then have lunch in the old town. There is a huge amount to see in the museum so we decided to focus on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2015
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

My mother was visiting for the weekend so we decided to visit the museum and then have lunch in the old town. There is a huge amount to see in the museum so we decided to focus on the beaux-arts. This is an extensive permanent collection of art, with many Swiss painters. The staff were very friendly and helpful, with... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

Typical museum of arts and History, showing a bit of everything regarding multiple things, from Roman times to mummies, from medieval weapons to nice canvases. Highly recommended, free, nice interiors, helpful staff, central location, well explained contents, and a good place to spend few hours.

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Nakskov, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

It is free to see the permanent collection. It includes old masters as well as a small number of french impressionists. Definitelky worth while, especially on an otherwise cold day.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

Egyptian or Greek antiquities, 18th century portraits, a large collection of paintings by Hodler, decorative arts from various centuries, silverware... This museum is free, so don't feel compelled to swallow all in one go. The overall quality is excellent and there is no queues, ever. The restaurant Barocco at the lower floor, next to the inner courtyard, is a gem... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

Surprisingly quiet on a Saturday afternoon this Museum caters for pretty much all tastes and most of it is free access. Located off the Place du Bourg de Four in the Russian Church area of Geneva, it is very easy access (either via the Old Town, the buses 1,5 and 8 in Boulevard des Tranchées or with bus 36). A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

It is incredible how calm and quiet is the museum. Great pieces in a very-well organized way with completely empty rooms. Totally worth it!!!

1 Thank Marcelo P
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Very good collection of art in a suitably old and gorgeous building. I understand it will undergo expansion works as it is currently not big enough to properly showcase all the treasures.

2 Thank Monica B
Washington, D.C.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

Ok, maybe not hidden gem, but all the times I'd explored historic Geneva I'd never found my way to this waypost on the outskirts of old town. First, the building itself is a pleasure to view. Truly what a museum should appear in my mind. Given time constraints, I selected a few galleries which to view. 1) Started with the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Admission is free and the place is huge. The only downside of this place is that most of the descriptions of the items are in french. Other than that, it's a pretty cool place to go to.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

My stay in Geneva was too short to allow me a really leisurely look at this huge museum, so I opted to he'd up to the top floor for the art. You are welcomed by a sort of rotunda with Canova's beautiful sculpture of Venus and Adonis. Once inside there is a rather eclectic collection, but one that has many... More 

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