Musee d'Histoire des Sciences, Geneva

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4.1/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
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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  • Geneva Science Museum is a few rooms, filled with a variety of devices, telescopes, an ancient mechanical model of the solar system, etc.
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  • This free museum was a little different and had something to offer different kinds of people. The museum did not shy away from the science behind the objects displayed, nor their history. The objects ...  read more »
  • I just don't know. I know that this museum has a large garden/park that overlooks the Lake. I was here involved in a sort of Picnic dinner along with many other people who either grigliavano or playing here on the grass. Others were bathing. It seems his very famous for these activities
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  • 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!
  • The building is stunning, a period house with gorgeous original decor. The range of science equipment there is wide ranging, although there is no journey to be taken and no passion in the curation. It seems at one point in the past it would have been better but has since been allowed to slop.
  • A great, small museum that shows the history of scientific advancement with some hands on activities
  • Great museum, only drawback is that it is targeted to children. Still It was very nice to see all these precision items that were made with great care and I think that it is definitely worth a visit, even if you are in Geneva for 2 days.
  • A small free museum with a few good exhibits. Though the highlight was the garden grounds!
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