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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  • 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
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  • I visited here with my A-Level Physics class, and we were all very interested in everything here. There was lots of history in the old scientific equipment here. There was lots to learn about everything here. I think it could have been a bit more immersive with more than just printed signs. Outside, there are hands-on experiments. These are a great way to learn about the physics and are accessible even when the museum is closed. For those who don't have so much of an interest in science, there is an amazing view over Lake Geneva from the balcony. For anyone who has even the slightest interest in physics, this is definitely worth a visit.
  • Not only for a scientist but for everybody is very interesting museum. Worth to visit. Many experimental instruments from the basic sciences.
  • Really interesting little museum right on Lake Geneva. Lots of historical scientific instruments and perspectives on all kinds of scientific fields--including electricity, microscopes, timekeeping, astronomy, and metrology. Definitely worth a stop if you're into that kind of thing!
  • When I went access was free. You can see some interesting scientific equipment here.
  • 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.

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