Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva

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Discover over five centuries of watchmaking history at Patek Philippe Museum, which houses a large collection of fine timepieces and related mechanisms created from the 16th century up to the present day. Founded by one of Switzerland's leading watch manufacturers, the museum devotes a great deal of attention to the brand's own luxury products, with a special focus on modern precision pieces and lavish 19th-century pocket watches. The antique collection looks beyond the brand's best products and traces the evolution of timekeeping with displays of the finest examples of Swiss-made watches, musical automata, and portrait miniatures painted on enamel. Check the website for public and private guided tours. Put Patek Philippe Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Geneva trip builder site.
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  • Great watches, but unfortunately a very unpolite and disrespectful staff. I felt myself really uncomfortable there. 
    Great watches, but unfortunately a very unpolite and disrespectful staff. I felt myself really uncomfortable there.  more »
  • Great museum with hundreds of horological items that can easily constitute a 2+ hour visit. For the price, it is a must-see for any collector. Do note that the vast majority of exhibition text is in.....  more
    Great museum with hundreds of horological items that can easily constitute a 2+ hour visit. For the price, it is a must-see for any collector. Do note that the vast majority of exhibition text is in.....  more »
  • What a lovely museum. Many floors of history, and so many things to look at. For myself, with an interest in watches, it was great to take it all in. Even my wife who has no interest in watches found....  more
    What a lovely museum. Many floors of history, and so many things to look at. For myself, with an interest in watches, it was great to take it all in. Even my wife who has no interest in watches found....  more »
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  • This was the most informative museum on our trip last month 😃. The lady at the guided tour clearly had a great passion 🔥 towards antique watches and the culture around it . She made us understand why the watches were designed in the way they did . For example the ⌚s w a salt box 🧂 was to prevent girls from passing out in corsets 👗😅 . For example the touch watch was to know the time in the pocket in a boring meeting 💬💭 but still be polite😅 . She also paid attention to the fonts on the watches . My favorite there was the singing birds w unbelievable tiny and accurate automation and the solar clocks . i can't wait to go back again to learn more details . by the way we were also lucky yo see an expensive 🌷 Tulips temporary exhibition . one of them was said to be the value of half of the museum 😮. The first thing the lady told us was : it is all about complications . 😮
  • It's really good collections. The real art of watchmaking. Unfortunately they don't know about security bags and you must leave your id/bank card or phone to have audioguide device. And you can't do photos as well.Thus I can add only photo of the museum building.
  • Trully sanctuary of watchmaking. Great museum, best of the best. Located in an elegant four-storey building that was constructed in the early 20th century in the heart of Geneva. Here you can admire wonderful collection of watches (over 2000 pcs), jewellery and other beautiful belongings. There is the oldest manufactured watch and the most complicated. How to visit museum: 1. Begin at the ground floor (auditorium), where you can see old horologic machines, watch the film about founders (Antoni Patek, Franciszek Czapek and later Adriene Philippe) and company's history (ca.15 min, english/french). Here you can also see watchmaker during work, chapeau bas master 👏. 2. Go to the 3rd floor where is the library and archive. 3. Go down to the 2nd floor, there are the oldest watches (1500-1850) and jewellery and other decorative belongings. 4. Go down to the 1st floor, there are amazing collection of Patek Philippe (1839- present). If you want you can take auto-guide (iPad). Ticket costs: 10 CHF per adult Unfortunattely photo is forbidden, you have to leave bag (even small), camera, mob.phone at cloackroom. In my opinion on of the best museum wherever I've visited.
  • If you like history, time, and industry of watches , you will love this museum. I didn’t take the audio tour but I tried to read almost everything and learned a ton more than I imagined. Fun fact: Patek and Philippe were two different people! Oh, and The Reformation had a lot to do with Geneva becoming a world leader in watches! I think you can read and see everything in under 1.5 hours. No photos!
  • Amazing museum not just to understand the past of Patek Philippe watches but the history of watches. They have an amazing collection. You can’t take photos in the museum

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