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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 12 March 2017

The rating of this museum really depends on the Museums you've visited so far. I was not as impressed as when I visited The Acropolis Museum in Greece, but given that I was in Geneva, this was the best Museum I visited. And free.

Thank CinziaBelpaese
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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...More

Thank saltwaterrain
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank olivehoover
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...More

1  Thank PavlaPavla
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...More

1  Thank Stirling B
Reviewed 16 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...More

1  Thank Negru D
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...More

2  Thank Terrylia
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.

1  Thank Yal94
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...More

Thank Анна К
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.

Thank nigel910
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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.