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