Five Best Museums in Geneva Switzerland

Throughout the times Swiss Geneva hidden among the Alps has been a world’s treasury of fine art and historical artefacts. The city is a home for more than 40 museums and a great number of art-galleries.

Start your route in the Old Town and continue exploring over the city. SUISSEPIC collected 5 best museums to visit.

Patek Philippe Museum

This museum is a must. Not only for those, who is interested in historical aspects of watchmaking but also to jewelry lovers. Over 4 floors it represents masterpieces of chronological art, enamels, portrait miniatures from 16 to 20 century as well as the most expensive Patek Philippe watches. It also exhibits an evocative collection of timepieces related mechanisms.

Rue Des Vieux-Grenadiers, 7
14h00 – 18h00 (Tuesday to Friday), 10h00 – 18h00 (Saturday)
CHF 10


Art and History Museum

Antiquity lovers can’t miss the chance to visit Geneva’s Art and History Museum. Located in the Old Town, it is the largest museum in city. The museum’s collection includes 7,000 exhibits, which are divided into three displays: Archaeology, Fine Arts and Applied Arts. The Archaeology collection contains relics from ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome, for example, a real mummy from the 9th century. The museum’s Fine Art section displays masterpieces created by famous painters such as Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh. The Applied Arts collection features furniture, weapons and other objects of daily life from the Middle Ages.

Rue Ch.-Galland, 2
10h00 – 18h00 (Monday: closed)

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO)

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) is the largest gallery of its kind in Switzerland. A lot of the works on displays are created by local artists. Its collection includes sculptures, paintings, objects of art and decorations. There are collections of the artists Christo, Claudio, Duchamp and many others in this museum.

Rue Des Vieux-Grenadiers, 10
12h00 – 18h00 (Monday: closed)

Ariana Museum

The Ariana Museum or Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass is a unique museum devoted to kiln craft. It holds a collection of ceramic and glass artworks containing around 20,000 objects, which were created over last 1,200 years. It represents historical, geographical, artistic and technological breadth of glass and ceramic manufacture during this time.

Ave de la Paix, 10
10h00 – 18h00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
CHF 5/3 (temporary exhibitions), free to the permanent collection.


Museum of Far Eastern Art

The Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art has over 9,000 Chinese and Japanese art objects that were acquired by Alfred Baur, a famous Swiss collector. This priceless collection includes the finest ceramic, jade and lacquer ware, as well as antique snuff boxes, prints, netsuke and samurai swords imported from China and Japan.

1206, Rue Munier-Romilly 8
14h00-18h00 (Monday: closed)

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