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Geneva has over thirty museums, together with the private galleries they house some prestigious collections, which bear witness to the creativity and cultural influence of Geneva. Old Town has a number of exceptional sites and Genevan emblems, such as the Jet d'Eau Fountain' and the Floral Clock.

Museums in Geneva
The International Museum of the Reformation.

Geneva is the origin of the International Red Cross, which is located just otherside of the Palais des Nations, this museum was inaugurated in 1988 to give tribute to the unusual heroics of the men and women from the Red Cross who have helped mankind over the last 140 years.

There are 11 areas exemplified including main beliefs, history and vocation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent throughout some of the world's gravest trials.

There is an up to date museographics that shows sculptures, installations, numerous objects, original films and photographs, audio-visual recordings, slide shows.

Tel: +41 (0) 22 310 24 31

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

Geneva is the origin of the International Red Cross, which is located just otherside of the Palais des Nations, this museum was inaugurated in 1988 to give tribute to the unusual heroics of the men and women from the Red Cross who have helped mankind over the last 140 years.

There are 11 areas exemplified including main beliefs, history and vocation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent throughout some of the world's gravest trials.

There is an up to date museographics that shows sculptures, installations, numerous objects, original films and photographs, audio-visual recordings, slide shows.

URL: www.micr.org
Tel: +41 (0) 22 748 95 25

Art and History Museum.

Established between the year 1903 and 1910 and rated as an encyclopedic museum that covers the entire western culture from it's beginning to the present day, the Art and History Museum comprises of fine arts, including 400 paintings from the Renaissance period to contemporary times, sculptures by artists like Pradier, Houdon, Arp, Rodin, Tinguely, Giacometti.

There is also archaeology and art relics from the middle ages right upto the 20th century, including textiles, furniture, pewterware, weapons and armour and a 15th century altarpiece made by Konrad Witz, "The Miraculous Draught of Fish" and the original stained glass from Saint Peter's Cathedral are among many other great displays in the Art and History Museum.

URL: www.mah.ville-ge.ch
Tel: +41 (0) 22 418 26 00

Rath Museum.

This primary Swiss museum is dedicated to fine arts and displays huge provisional shows prepared by the Art and History Museum, established as an award to the Geneva people by two sisters, Henriette Rath and Jeanne-Françoise and instated in the year 1826.

The Rath Museum was visualized as a "Temple of the Muses" exemplifying both Italian and French styles, the Rath Museum presently shows global and Swiss art, particular prominence has been laid on ancient and archaeology art such as the "Treasures of Islam" and contemporary modern art, such as the "Markus Raetz" and the "Bram van Velde".

Tel: +41 (0) 22 418 33 40

The Mamco Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The Mamco museum opened in September 1994 in a former industrial unit that was originally built in the 1950's, the Mamco museum displays a wide range of collections from the early 1960s right up to the current day, including videos, installations, paintings, sculptures, and photographs. In a welcoming and mischievous manner enthused by the strength of Marcel Duchamp, the Mamco museum aspires to aggravate people to think again about their perceptives.

URL: www.mamco.ch
Tel: +41 (0) 22 320 61 22

Natural History Museum.

Switzerland's biggest museum is the natural history museum and has over 8,000 square meters of display area and has in excess of 200,000 visitors and is a much loved local cultural museum.

The ground floor has local fauna, 1st floor: world of birds and mammals, 2nd floor: insects, amphibians and reptiles and other vertebrates, 3rd floor: Mankind's history, geology and minerals from the Geneva area and on the 4th floor Switzerland history and geology.

Impermanent exhibitions particularly on scientific disputes in the future, on present and environmental and ecological subjects, there are many more things on offer here that make the Natural History Museum a worthy attraction to visit.

URL: www.ville-ge.ch/mhng
Tel: +41 (0) 22 418 33 40

Martin Bodmer Foundation.

The Martin Bodmer Foundation is in Cologny village and has an outstanding collection of Martin Bodmer's life's work from the year 1899 to the year 1971.

Standing among some the most significant confidential libraries in the world, it has about 160'000 documents from 80 languages and includes hundreds of oriental and western manuscripts and has 270 books that were printed earlier than the 15th century, along with copies of Gutenberg Bible.

This compilation also consists of cuneiform tablets, Coptic and Greek papyri with oldest documents of St John's Gospel and three Menander's comedies, traces of traditional civilizations like Greek and Roman currencies and there's even a series of fossils and minerals.

URL: www.fondationbodmer.org
Tel: +41 (0) 22 707 44 33

Ariana Museum of Ceramics and Glass.

The Ariana Museum encloses important ceramic and glass collections from Geneva, it is the only museum in Switzerland with those kind of collections, Ariana Museum is one of the most significant Museum's in Europe that is exclusively dedicated to kilncraft, there are in excess of 20,000 displays, some of the collections exemplify Geneva's seven centuries of glass and ceramics.

All major methods are symbolized, the Ariana Museum also exhibits contemporary modern day ceramic art, Ariana Museum was established by Gustave Revilliod in the year 1817-1890, Ariana Museum, with its neo-baroque and neoclassical appearances shows a minimalist architectural approach.

Tel: +41 (0) 22 418 54 50


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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

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