Musee d'Histoire des Sciences, Geneva
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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.
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  • The title says it all. I was much more in awe with the interior design of the building itself rather than the museum collections. The wallpapers of every room was different and pretty, while the perma...  more »
  • Luckily this place is free for public. Two small floors full of mostly dull facts and lots of instruments. The visitors can only watch and read - they do not get to do or touch much. I have been to mu...  more »
  • Much smaller than we anticipated. Just about 10 smallish rooms of microscopes, telescopes, globes etc. My fav was Voltare's original battery. Amazing location in botanic gardens with spectacular views...  more »
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  • Lots of interesting exhibitions and the museum itself is placed in a nice and quiet park area. Nightlife entertainment is great and is a great place to admire the views or to have a picnic.
  • the museum is in a very nice quite park. the entrence is free. there are alot of interesting exhibitions although the museum is a small one. Worth to see.
  • Great small and original museum in a must-see park. Free entrance. The only museum which is NOT closed on Mondays but on Tuesdays!!
  • Great place at a great location. Lots of hands-on stuff and some nice events throughout the year.
  • Nice old building in the middle of the botanicals gardens. Lots of old microscopes, telescopes and other early scientific instruments on display plus a creepy collection of glass eyes!