Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Geneva

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View a replica of Lucy, the oldest known human, at Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle. The museum's collection features an array of stones, preserved animals from all continents in their natural habitats, and detailed glass models of invertebrates by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Learn about the area through a geographic model of the region, including the Alps and other mountains. The museum is accessible by public transportation, and parking is available nearby. Find out how to plan Geneva trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • This is a very dated museum with little to recommend it. I would suggest you avoid it, even on a rainy day.  more »
  • A great Museum with a very large free permanent exhibition! A nice collection, well staged.
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  • We enjoyed it pretty much, as we had to cancel or outdoor activity due to the rain.. my 3 yrs daughter was very excited about the animals..we had to watch the 2 heads turtle.....was fascinating  more »
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  • Very good scenographie, kids love it! Very various animals from all over the world. I recommend this to all curious of wildlife. People are as well welcome (down). ONE THING went wrong with group pass: I had free entrance for the ants exhibition because of a group ticket, but the woman at ants desk told me she wasn’t informed of this and she can’t help me. (maybe ask your chief instead of just saying you can’t help)
  • It's FREE to visit and perfect for a rainy day. It takes a couple of hours to walk around and is great for families with young children. The displays are done incredibly well, different from the other natural history museums I've been to. They're very colourful, interactive and fun. Most of the information is written in French on the information boards so keep that in mind. There's three floors with a permanent exhibition and a temporary one on the top floor which you have to pay for. They have a restaurant which serves a daily dish for 14CHF and when I went it was delicious. They also have a selection of drinks and cakes for a few CHF. To top it off, they have a resident two headed tortoise!!
  • The entry is nice,the expositions are precise and interesting(in French Italian and English), they have Braille and the thing that climbs stairs for people in a rolling-chair and it's not that expensive but they should put a little more toilets.
  • Free entrance. Nice place to visit with kids. The Museum is Switzerland's largest natural history museum. Its collections present the fascinating world of animals and minerals.
  • Very nice museum. The permanent exhibit is shown on three floors and the entrance is free. The only thing missing is an explanation of the families of animals displayed. The animals are sometimes repeated in different categories and there are few signs in English. The display cabinet have very nice light and kids can see them well too.

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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.
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