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🖼️ Geneva’s Museum of Art and History

Address
Rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206 Genève
Phone 1
Keyword
2018 Oct
  • Date de Visite
    27.10.2018
  • Création
    1910
  • GPS
    46.19930 6.15157

Geneva’s Museum of Art and History


The Geneva’s Museum of Art and History (MAH, Musée d’art et d’histoire in french) is located in an imposing building dating from 1910 in the city of Geneva. It has rich collections in the field of Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Archaeology from donations from Geneva collectors for several hundred years in some cases.

Like all other museums in the city of Geneva in public hands, the Geneva’s Museum of Art and History is free of charge.

The building housing the Museum of Art and History with, in the background, the Cathedral of Geneva with its two towers and its green arrow.
The building housing the geneva's Museum of Art and History with, in the background, the Cathedral of Geneva with its two towers and its green arrow.,

Access


Saint-Antoine underground car park.

The parts of the museum


The Geneva’s Museum of Art and History has five levels:

  • Level -2: Regional Archaeology
  • Level -1: Archaeology
  • Level 0: Entrance, Reception and Shop, Applied Arts
  • Level 1: Applied Arts
  • Level 2: Fine Arts

The map of the museum and the stairs.
 The map of the Museum of Art and History in Geneva the stairs of the Museum of Art and History in Geneva

Level -2: Regional Archaeology


Regional archaeology presents the populations that lived in the Geneva region during the following periods:

  • Paleolithic (→ 10’000 years ago)
  • Neolithic (8,000 → 3,000 years ago)
  • Bronze Age (3,000 → 1,000 years)
  • Iron Age (2,500 → -50 BC)
  • Gallo-Roman period (2nd century BC → 476)
  • Late Empire (284 and 476)
  • High Middle Ages (500 – 1’000)

A model of a Roman villa in the Geneva area.
A model of a Roman villa in the Geneva area at the geneva's art and history museum

Level -1: Archaeology


The archaeology floor displays statues, sarcophagi, ceramics, reliefs, inscriptions and coins over several thousand years. It is divided into the following parts:

  • Egypt
  • Near East
  • Greece
  • Etruria
  • Rome

It is by far the most important exhibition in French-speaking Switzerland on these ancient civilizations.

An Egyptian statue on the floor dedicated to archaeology.
An Egyptian statue on the first floor on archaeology in the geneva's museum of art and history

Niveau 0: Accueil et Arts Appliqués


The ground Floor consists of the following parts:

  • The welcome with the shop
  • A temporary exhibition
  • Applied Arts

Applied Arts is a discipline that includes practices and works resulting from Design, i.e. everything that surrounds the individual such as varied objects, housing, clothing, communication. Painting, sculpture, music and photography are not part of the applied arts.

The objects presented are in the domain of silverware, antique instruments, textiles, tapestries, clothing and furniture. An interesting room displays weapons and armour from the Middle Ages.

Ancient firearms, armour and swords from the 15th to 17th centuries.
Ancient firearms, armour and swords from the 15th to 17th centuries at the geneva's museum of art and history Ancient firearms, armour and swords from the 15th to 17th centuries at the geneva's museum of art and history

Level 1: Applied Arts


Closed in early 2019, the first floor includes objects of applied arts.

Level 2: Fine Arts


The Fine Arts section includes many sculptures and especially paintings by well-known Swiss and European artists. The works displayed are regularly renewed.

A room on the Fine Arts floor.
A room on the Fine Arts floor at the geneva's museum of art and history

Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Vhw-s-jeFA

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