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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  • It was a wonderful experience to visit this museum. On three floors, the display cabinets were full of elegant clocks, watches, fob-watches and novelty time pieces. There is a brief history of the...  more »
  • Nice museum but bad experience. We went for the guided tour, the receptionists told us to come 20 minutes before the tour the first time we went. The second time we went 20 minutes before as they...  more »
  • It was a 10 CHF entrance fee to go in and you will start the visit from the 3rd floor down. An iPad audio guide will be provided but it is seriously a very, very slow guide. If you actually listen to....  more »
  • I visited the museum on Dec 26, 2019 with my partner. The museum has disabled access. Tickets were reasonably priced and include a free audio guide in English in exchange for your ID card as deposit. Onto the exciting stuff - the displays were stunning, and the audio guide is invaluable as it explains in detail the intricacies and fads of the time periods each piece was created in. I'm not very interested in watches normally, but this was educational and I came away with a much deeper appreciation of watch-making, from pocket-watches to chronographs to modern wristwatches. I've given a 4 because the display relies heavily on the tourist having an audio guide (there are few descriptions otherwise) and the fact that showcase numbering wasn't intuitive, meaning you had to wander around quite a bit to find the relevant pieces to the audio guide. Nevertheless, a museum well-worth visiting and a special attraction unique to Geneva/Switzerland!
  • Very interesting if you like the historical aspects of the brand. Very well organised with lockers for any luggage, the photography is not permitted. No eating or drinking facilities, drinking water provided at the locker room level, toilets very clean. Not suitable for small children or adolescents with no interest in the field. Would recommend the audio guide only if you very keen enthusiast., If not 1 hour to browse will be sufficient
  • Really great experience here. I purchased a watch and they sent a limo to send us to the train station for our departure to Paris. They even did an in-house tax rebate for us. Love to see how the watch maker did their work, it’s more than just what’s on the wrist. Watch lover, it’s a must visit!
  • Patek Philippe Museum has a lot of good information to learn about clocks and pocket watches. However without my cell phone to take notes or my video camera to watch later, this old student isn’t likely to remember as much as he wish he could. We received a small tablet that only worked on the second of three floors, as it is under development. It was quite good but not nearly as good as the self automated audio guide at the International Red Cross Museum.
  • Great collections, very well presented. The human guides are great. The digital guide needs a bit of work (it was hard to get started) but the content is top notch.

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