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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 1 week ago via mobile

The Museum was much better than my expectations. You can also download the audioguide from the internet. Arts department was better than the history part for me.

Thank zulashi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A combination of archaeology museum and an art museum with some lovely local art. Pretty building, nice exhibits and it's free. The museum is currently being reconstructed, so after the work is finished, there will be even more place for the artifacts. Garage parking available...More

Thank Tinde_K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I tend to avoid art museums in Europe these days as they are mostly bursting at the seams with schoolchildren and asian tour groups, this was a delightful exception. I was lucky enough to visit during a school break, I could wander about the archaeological...More

Thank andrasz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this museum was hard to find but is a real gem. We only had about one hour but we could not believe the beautiful paintings on such a grand scale. It was lovely. Also, if you are into medieval period, the collection of all things...More

Thank Pedalmasher2
Reviewed 25 September 2017

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 20 September 2017

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 18 September 2017

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 17 September 2017

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
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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.