Culture

If you are passionate about history, modern art or positive humanitarian action, Geneva is the place for you.

International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Geneva is well known for being the birthplace of the Red Cross, which was founded by Henry Dunant. An interesting museum is dedicated to his work. Visit the permanent exhibition and discover the different humanitarian actions of the Red Cross.

At a new section called "Humanitarian Adventure”, visitors venture through three spaces with interesting themes such as defending human dignity, rebuilding family ties and limiting natural hazards. You will have the opportunity to virtually meet a dozen witnesses from different countries, all passionate about their actions.

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Conservatory and Botanical Garden

A museum that’s alive! The Botanical Garden has a collection of over 12,000 species and is a feast for the senses; an expression of the naturalistic spirit that prevailed in Geneva since its first botanical garden was created in 1817.

Today, the Conservatory and Botanical Garden occupy an area of 28 hectares. The herbarium with six million samples is one of the largest in the world.

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Patek Philippe Museum

Discover the history of the watch and admire rare, luxury timekeeping specimens. Nestled in the Plainpalais District, the elegant Patek Philippe Museum was established in 2001.

See an impressive collection of watches designed by creators who came to Geneva between the 16th and 19th century to devote themselves to their passion. Of course, you will also discover the prestigious watch brand Patek Philippe from Geneva.

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Ethnography Museum

Renowned throughout Switzerland, Geneva’s Ethnography Museum highlights the cultural richness of five continents and showcases the diversity of cultures.

Recently renovated, the MEG (as Genevans refer to it), inspires with topics such as the human sciences, arts and living practices.

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International Museum of the Reformation

Geneva made its mark on history.

In 2005, the International Museum of the Reformation was founded in in the elegant Maison Mallet, which dates from the 18th century.

A respectable collection of paintings, unique art objects and manuscripts trace the history of this religious movement in Christianity that changed the face of Europe and Geneva. It’s a fascinating way to understand the city.

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City of Time

This event space recalls the industrial past of the city. Today, the Cité du Temps (City of Time) hosts temporary exhibitions, as well as a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Swiss brand Swatch. Discover a large number of watches, from the very first Swatch established in 1983 to the latest models.

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Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Mamco)

Modern art is on show in Geneva at Mamco, considered the most contemporary of the country's art museums and recognised worldwide for its exhibitions.

Founded in 1994, Mamco has hosted almost 500 exhibits. It highlights the innovative work of Swiss and international artists.

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UNHCR Visitors Centre

This visitor centre explains the work of the United Nations Refugees Agency, an organisation that has the important mission of protecting refugees worldwide. During your visit you will get a better understanding of how the agency protects refugees that are displaced during natural catastrophes or conflicts.

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Bodmer Foundation - Library and Museum

This extraordinary collection that comprises some of the most incredible intellectual discoveries, is housed in a beautiful building designed by Mario Botta. Papyri, manuscripts from the Middle Ages and a number of unique editions form part of the artefacts.

Original works of Dante and Shakespeare are not to be missed, as well as the fascinating Egyptian Book of Dead collection.

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