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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  • This was a surprising gem to find in Geneva. Beautifully displayed watches, with easily read (although primarily in French) narratives.  more »
  • Elegant Museum, which in addition to retrace the history of one of the most prestigious Swiss master, also has fine examples of instruments for measuring time, fine jewellery, collections of antique glaze and a room dedicated to clocks and antique boxes with mechanical animations. A fantastic Museum, not to be missed!
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  • Impor t antissimo in watch making! A must for fans and not! Not to be missed!
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  • Excellent 2-hr tour for just 5CHF (free entry into museum with Swiss Travel Pass). Opens up our perspective of Swiss watches, its origins and rise to prominence. Heard it has the best collection of its watches in Europe, quite true cause we probably only went through 20% of its collection in the 2 hrs. Highly recommended.
  • An amazing museum with the most stunning collection of watches from Patek Philippe and history since the 1600s. If you like watches and feel like drooling for a few hours, then this is the place for you. There are thousands of items on display with English and French descriptions and histories, but this is the problem, on most days the museum is only open for 4 hours and if you really like watches and beautiful craftsmanship, you will find yourself rushing at the end. This is definitely not a museum for kids (they would get so so so bored). I had free entry included with the Swiss Travel Pass. Finally to give you an example of how impressive the items in this museum are, I figure that the total value of the collection on display would be close to a Billion dollars (an I'm not kidding). Highly highly recommended of you like watches.
  • Worst museum I ever visited. I expected to learn about how watches work, about the evolution of the technologies and fashion. I didn't. In my opinion, this is not a museum but a huge vitrine of old watches, too much watches, a lot looking just the same. 1st of all you need to check all your belongings (camera and phone included) in a locker that requires a coin, which is pretty annoying. Then, as a Frenchman, in a French speaking city, I would expect the introduction movie to be in French, but it was in English with unreadable French subtitles. The first part of the exhibition is a lot of old documents about the creation of the brand. It's interesting but the text is written in a very tiny font, no words are highlighted, a lot of names are mentioned, and complex and technical words are used. And you can't look on the internet for explanation because your phone is in the locker... So at the end, you don't remember anything of what you just read. Then it's the exact opposite, there is no more text or explications for the thousands of watches that are displayed. I wouldn't recommend this museum to anybody and especially if you have kids, they will get bored instantly.
  • A great little museum full of amazing watches. Worth visiting if you are in town and love watches
  • Amazing collection of watches, from the very earliest watches to various one of a kind pieces. Very well presented. Well worth the visit.

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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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