The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Museum of Art and History) is the largest art museum in Geneva, Switzerland.
The museum is located in Les Tranchées, in the city centre, on the site of the former fortification ring. It was built by the architect Marc Camoletti between 1903 and 1910, and financed by a bequest from the banker Charles Galland (1816–1901). The building is square, with 60 m (200 ft) sides surrounding an inner courtyard. It has four storeys, with roof lanterns on the top floor, and a total exhibition space of 7,000 m² (75,000 square feet).
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Inga Hannarr | Feb 23, 2018
Short review: not a good place for family’s with young children/babies who want/need to bring a buggy. Long review: I had made sure I’d checked the website for access details as I’m always worried we won’t get round somewhere with the buggy. I may have missed some fine print or possibly there was more info on the French site, who knows. But it said disabled access available which usually means buggy’s are good to go also. We started our freezing cold windy day by doing a full circle of the building as it was obvious from the large flight of steps and small door way that the main door was not the for mentioned access. When we did find the door it turned out we had to be “buzzed” in through a large service entrance and taken up by a staff member to the museum. If I was a disabled person I would of felt totally embarrassed and degraded. We decided to eat first. Now I must mention that the food was excellent, however it was in the form of a strange fine dining kind of experience which only added to the bewilderment and uncomfortableness we already felt as it didn’t feel particularly welcoming to us and our 6 month old son. So on trying to navigate the museum a few things become apparent. Firstly the service lift we had come up in had put us at the end of the first lot of exhibitions, so we had to walk “backwards” through everything only to then double back in order to find a second lift to the rest of the museum. Secondly the signposting is utterly horrible and unhelpful. Thirdly after eventually locating said lift (my husband had to go on a small expedition to find it as staff weren’t very helpful) we had to go back out into the freezing wind to use it and then on trying to leave the museum were told we couldn’t go the quick and easy way back through the exhibits but in fact had to go right the way through everything from the first room to the last!? Utterly ridiculous! All in all the complete weirdness and difficulties trying to navigate the museum completely overshadowed what are in fact quite nice exhibits. Such a shame
Jennifer Freedman | Mar 18, 2018
Excellent displays of ancient art. Free entrance, changing temporary exhibits. Have lived here for more than a decade and only discovered this gem today. Exhibits only have info in French but there is an audio guide and online app. Highly recommended if you are into ancient history.
Luka Dacic | Mar 13, 2018
Reasonably rich collection in a beautiful building. Free WiFi and entrance, friendly and helpful staff. Great for a rainy day.
Philip Wingate | Apr 1, 2018
For a "provinicial museum", it is unsurpassed in terms of both the range and the quality of its contents. The Hodler collection is unmissable.
Lorna Davison | Feb 11, 2018
A classic building. A world class collection. Pleasantly surprised to find the Duchess of Modena and her husband here. Turned the corner and there she was.
Margherita Donati | Apr 16, 2018
It would be worth visiting it for the building alone. But then inside you can find some significant collections of archaeological value, from Ancient Egypt, Prehistoric times, Ancient Greece, and collections of paintings and art objects from many ages. On the ground floor they have also an impressive collections of armours and weapons from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Incredibly kind and helpful staff, cute Museum Shop, a nice café. Will definitely go back for more.
Pete Johannsen | Apr 30, 2018
An amazing museum! Great pieces...and the architecture of the building is amazing! Highly recommend!
Dewi Sari | May 24, 2018
Nice museum to visit when you are in Geneva. It has a lot of painting collections from Swiss painters. Free entrance. You only pay when you visit an exhibition.
Mélanie Armstrong | May 17, 2018
It’s a great museum. I also recently brought my 5 years old to « visite à petits pas » 30’ themed organised visit for kids. The museum opens earlier only for the kids and it was really interactive and interesting.
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