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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 3 weeks ago

I spent four days in Geneva after traveling around small quaint French towns. These four days were reserved for exploring art and culture in Geneva... and I flew in and out of GVA. The Museum of Art and History is free. The collection spans a...More

Thank Pamela L
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The collection is free of charge, just for the temporary exibitions you will have, perhaps, to buy a ticket. We visited only partially, the medieval floor, with some impressive firearms, a beautiful round table for at least 24 persons, old furniture; the second floor, with...More

Thank Lucia R
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

I visited the museum on a beautiful Sunday afternoon - during the "nights of the museums" event. A very nice collection of Arts from Egyptian & Roman artifacts to paintings by Cezanne, Renoir, Hodler, etc. There is a peaceful inner court with a cafe to...More

Thank johnchan121
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We spent 2 hours or so looking at the extensive collection of art and antiquities. We liked the impressionist art and collection of Egyptian mummies etc in particular. Like other museums in Geneva this was free to enter.

1  Thank KayBristol
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

If you like the swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler this is a place to visit. This is a proper art gallery over several floors with lots of guides but unfortunately not much information in English. OK if your French is reasonable!

1  Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The museum is beautiful architecturally, with interesting and diverse exhibits inside. The museum is free and the employees are kind and helpful.

Thank Emitom H
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

I went there with a friend on a Saturday evening, I was pretty new in Geneva so I decided to visit this museum. It was average , I liked only one room which was particular(the one with the weapons) . The rest of the museum...More

Thank Miss Chantal S
Reviewed 11 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

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Alix T
6 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.