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Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva

(4.2/5 based on 320 reviews on the web)
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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  • Beautiful Museum in the center of Geneva, a little austere.. .but it's in history and the genes of the city. The Museum is interested in and l ' access to the permanent collections is free, not bad for a first discovery and make it known to the younger. I particularly enjoyed the room of archaeology and the collection of Egypt.
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  • This is a medium-large sized museum in the centre of Geneva. It is free entry and has lots of different kinds of art. It wasn't very busy when I was there (a Thursday afternoon) and it kept me enterta...  more »
  • There are very beautiful paintings from different periods to see the paintings upstairs. The staff is very professional and kind.
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  • No English material, or material in any language but French. Which, may seem selfish BUT as a point of tourism they should be providing material in multiple languages otherwise what visitors would want to see a national museum? A few decent pieces, the pre-history of Geneva was marginally interesting. Probably skip it unless you really want to check out an art museum.
  • Biggest museum of geneva, free entry, nice collections of archeology and arts
  • We came to Geneva for the firework in the Festival of Geneva 2016, and surprisingly discovered the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire. First surprise, it is free ! But more importantly, the museum has a wide range of exhibition, ranging from prehistorical civilization, to the Antiquity, then Middle Age, then Renaissance, and Modern Art etc. I am very fond of painting, and I found nice collection of Impressionism like Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, etc. and then Abstract such as Picasso etc. The exhibition rooms were clean, bright, very well organized. Personnel are polite, welcoming and helpful. Big 5 !
  • *** Attention: the museum is french only *** Without a doubt, the collection is of high quality. Be it prehistory, the roman, greek, roman or medieval period; the objects were remarkable. BUT you have to like this and especially archeology! For me this museum was actually boring, I really don't find pleasure in looking at rocks (prehistory), pots (greek), statues and coins (roman) or paintings of naked people (medieval). The armors and swords were pretty awesome though (medieval). As I said, even if most of the objects were not really my thing, one could clearly see that they are important and that a great effort was made to present the artworks and archeologic foundings, therefore the high rating (personally I would rate it a 2/5 but that would be pretty unfair)
  • It's a great free museum. I would give it a 5 star. If more than 20% of the displays had been in English. Otherwise you'd better know french or just appreciate what you're looking at.