Musee d'Histoire des Sciences, Geneva

3.9
#13 of 28 in Museums in Geneva
The Musée d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Genève is a small museum dedicated to the History of Science.LocationThe museum is located in the Villa Bartholoni, designed by Félix-Emmanuel Callet, built in 1830 as a summer residence for Parisian bankers, Constant and Jean-François Bartholoni and extensively restored between 1985 and 1992. It is situated in the park La Perle du Lac, overlooking Lake Geneva, adjacent to the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva. Both the Villa and the museum itself are listed in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance.AccessThe Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, except for 25 December and 1 January and admission is free. The museum receives over 250,000 visitors per year.HistoryThe museum was established in 1964 by the enthusiasm of l'Association du Musée et de la Revue d'histoire des sciences, following an exhibition of science history at the Musée Rath. Once opened the Swiss Institute of Physics and Observatory donated their historic instruments to the collection. Early director, the astronomer Margarida Archinard was succeeded by chemist, Marc Cramer. Jacques Ayer has been director since 2012.Initially affiliated to the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, since 2006 the Museum has been linked to the Natural History Museum of Geneva.
For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Geneva holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Musee d'Histoire des Sciences and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Source
Create an itinerary including Musee d'Histoire des Sciences
map
Musee d'Histoire des Sciences Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
106 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This museum looked like it was well laid out, and had some interesting history of science, particularly from a Swiss perspective. However, while some of the major section labels were in English and Fr...  more »
  • The museum is set in a park next to the lake shore and contains 2 floors of old scientific equipment, relating to microscopes, electricity, solar system,etc. Most of the signage is in French with litt...  more »
  • This small museum historian of science and technique is really pleasant. It's free, is within a beautiful park and is situated in a neoclassical villa of a wealthy Geneva family of Italian origin that alone is already a nice attraction. Contains the collection of objects and equipment that Rolex has collected. All well arranged with activities for younger visitors. Not to be missed
    View original

Plan your trip to Geneva

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Geneva

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Geneva by other users

16 days in Lucerne, Zermatt & Geneva BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG August, teens, kids, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG August, teens, kids, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 57 days in France, Italy & Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Switzerland SEE PLAN May, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDIA May, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM EGYPT April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Italy, Paris & Geneva BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans