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Museum of Art and History

I love history and I love art so what better choice for me than to visit Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Museum of Art and History), the largest art museum of Geneva. It is housed on a four storey building that was built in early 20th century.

Although it’s not a top-class museum I enjoyed my visit in the museum which has free entrance anyway. I focused more on the paintings (many European artists, from middle Ages to 20th century including famous names like Cezanne, Rembrandt, Witz’s famous altarpiece etc) but this time I didn’t do my homework before hand which is always convenient to achieve the maximum of a visit in a museum. I liked the fact that the paintings weren’t packed so the visitor can breathe and focus easily of what seems interesting to him. What’s more as you can see on my photos here most rooms were empty, I’ve seen only 7-8 visitors (!) in total except some students listening to their teacher in one of the rooms (pic 3)

I skipped the archeology section (from Switzerland but also general Europe prehistory, Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome), I walked through the rooms with silverware and the furniture but also spent some time checking the musical instruments (pic 4) and the weapons sections (pic 5).

Free entrance for permanent collections, 5chf for temporary exhibitions
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-18.00

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Jul 21, 2013

Museum of Art and History

Erected between 1903 and 1910 and designed as a museum, it covers the whole of western culture, from its origins to the present day. Its three sectors comprise Archaeology (prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman); Fine Arts (some 400 paintings from the Renaissance to modern times, and sculptures by artists such as Houdon, Pradier, Rodin, Arp, Giacometti, Tinguely, etc.); Applied Arts (objects from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, such as furniture, textiles, pewterware, arms and armor).

Open: Daily: 10am-5pm. Closed on Monday.

Entrance: Free. Paying entrance for temporary exhibitions: Free admission to permanent collections and temporary exhibitions every first Sunday of the month.

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Apr 04, 2011

Museum of Art and History

This museum is in a lovely building designed along classical lines at the top of the old town. It's three sections comprise Archaeology (prehistoric,
Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman); Fine Arts (paintings from the Renaissance to modern times, and sculptures); Applied Arts (objects from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, such as furniture, textiles, pewter ware, arms and armor). There is even a whole room of an old chateau that has been picked up and moved into the museum - gorgeous wood panelled walls.

You can see the original ladders that were used in the attack on Geneva of 1602 there, which is pretty amazing, and the periodic exhibitions are usually excellent.

On a quiet Sunday in Geneva, this is an excellent place to visit.

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Jan 12, 2009

Musee d'Art & Histoire

This is a collosal and free entry museum in the centre of Rive Gauche between Old Town and the Orthodox church

On three huge floors, exhibits ranging from about 6000 years old (Egyptian (and Roman) art and relics in the lower ground) to modern art. There is a small charge to enter the visiting exhibition of the time, we did not bother as in most of a morning we had only scratched the surface.

Click on the pictures for some art !

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Feb 09, 2007
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Musée d’Art et d’Histoire

A few metres east of the Old Town at 2 Rue Charles Galland is the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Tues–Sun 10am–5pm; free), Geneva’s biggest and most important museum and Switzerland’s unofficial national collection. It’s a gigantic place, that covers in encyclopedic fashion the whole sweep of Western culture from antiquity to the present; to do it justice would take days, but you could spend a worthwhile few hours absorbing the different areas.

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Mar 29, 2005

Museum of Art and History

Now, a museum of art and history exists in any big European settlement I can think of. There’ s one in Geneva as well.

Situated in the building constructed in 1910 by Camotelli, and considered the most important museum of the city, and the most visited, the Museum of Art and History has several permanent collections, including prehistoric relics, ancient coins, Greek vases, medieval stained glass (including some of the St. Pierre Cathedral), 12th-century armor, Swiss timepieces, and Flemish and Italian paintings. Things from just about any time and any European country. The Etruscan pottery and medieval furniture are both impressive. A 1444 altarpiece by Konrad Witz depicts the "miraculous" draught of fishes. Many galleries also contain works by such artists as Rodin, Renoir, Hodler, Vallotton, Le Corbusier, Picasso, Chagall, Corot, Monet, and Pissarro. Another highlight I noticed was Veronese’s tombstone. Indeed, you can’t imagine many things that are absent in this museum. I could not at least: )) The only pity is that these collections are only called permanent, for they are often on display somewhere else.

Opening hours are from Tuesday till Sunday (most Geneva’s museums are closed on Mondays), during 10 AM – 5 PM period.

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  • Sunday 11:00 to 18:00
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 to 18:00
  • Thursday 11:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 11:00 to 18:00
  • Saturday 11:00 to 18:00