Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva

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View over 7,000 exhibits ranging from ancient Egypt to modern times at Musée d'art et d'histoire, the largest art museum in the city. The museum's fine art section features Italian, Dutch, French, English, and Swiss paintings dating back to the Middle Ages and up to the 20th century, created by famous painters such as Rembrandt and Monet. Walk through the applied art section for a look at weapons, silverware, and textiles, and the archeology section, displaying a real mummy from the 9th century BCE. Grab the visitor guide brochure on your way in, which provides information about the collection's ten must-see masterpieces. Be sure to get a glimpse of "The Miraculous Draught of Fishes" by Konrad Witz, the museum's most famous painting. Make Musée d'art et d'histoire a part of your Geneva vacation plans using our Geneva vacation builder.
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  • August 19, 2017
    It's a real journey in the history of art that we propose this museum through its collections. The windows are clear, the explanations and very specific legends. It is a must!
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  • August 19, 2017
    Very nice, Nice staff, areas are very well explained, you can eat, lovely internal terrace.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A really neat museum, I actually went twice during my stay because there was so much to see. It is completely free and has such a romantic and quite feel about it. I loved it.  more »
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  • A fantastic collection of antiquities and art considering the size of the city. Also a peaceful inner courtyard with a pleasant and friendly restaurant.
  • Upstairs exhibits where closed which is where the art is, so it's more of a natural history museum when that happens. But the exhibitions were really well laid out and very well organised.
  • Not very big, it worth it to visit with paintings, archaeological stuffs from Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Egypt and few local. Very interesting armors and armoury of Switzerland.
  • Set out in an informative and logical way plus has audio guides to talk you through each section.
  • Maybe they don't have great masterpieces in every corner, but still the exposition is really interesting, few items are truly amazing, and it's not too big - your visit does not end with a headache

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In the elegant city of Geneva, a little shuteye doesn't come cheap. A number of relatively expensive hotels surround the lakefront, a prime location for visitors here; note that these tend to fill up for conferences and trade shows, so plan accordingly. More budget-minded travelers can look into options closer to the airport, which is a quick 15-minute ride on public transport into the city. While there a very few family-owned guesthouses and hotels, there are a handful of hostels--though these too are priced pretty steep. You can also find more affordable options in the outlying cities of Annemasse and Gaillard.
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