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🖼️ History of Science Museum Geneva

Address
Rue de Lausanne 128, 1202 Genève
Phone 1
Keyword
2018 Nov
  • Date de Visite
    24.11.2018
  • GPS
    46.2208 6.15203

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History of Science Museum Geneva


The history of science museum Geneva (Musée d’histoire des Sciences de Genève in french) is a museum that presents, in the form of a permanent exhibition, 800 scientific instruments, notably from Geneva scientists from the 17th to 19th centuries, which were used to improve knowledge in many fields of science. Temporary exhibitions renewed each year and accessible to children enrich the museum.

The museum from the road side and from the Lake Geneva side.
The history of sciences museum from the road side The history of sciences museum from the lake leman side

The Place


The history of science museum is located in the “Parc de la Perle du Lac” on the shores of Lake Geneva. It occupies a pretty house dating from 1830 called the “Villa Bartholoni”. François Bartholoni was born in Geneva and was one of the pioneers in the development of railways in France during the 19th century.

The view from the museum’s terrace overlooking the lake and the French Alps with Mont-Blanc.
The view from the history of sciences museum terrace overlooking the lake and the French Alps with Mont-Blanc.

Access


Parking along the road next to the museum.

Parking along the road next to the history of sciences museum.

Fees


The history of science museum is free of charge like all the other museums in the city of Geneva in public hands, such as the magnificent Museum of Natural History.

Museum rooms


The museum has two floors, themselves divided into several rooms:

The reception at the entrance of the museum.
The reception at the entrance of the history of sciences museum geneva
Ground floor:

  • Entrance and shop
  • WC
  • Astronomy
  • Optics
  • Saussure Room
  • Grand Salon
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Meteorology
  • Sundials

1st floor:

  • Weight and measurement
  • Colladon Space
  • Cabinet Pictet
  • Electricity
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Library

Ground Floor


Astronomy


Astronomical instruments.
astronomy room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Optics


Microscopes.
optics room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Saussure Room


Horace Bénédict de Saussure is an 18th century Geneva personality. Physicist, geologist and botanist, he is considered as one of the founders of mountaineering. He was one of the first to reach the summit of Mont-Blanc and conducted scientific experiments there, such as measuring the height of Mont-Blanc with an accuracy of 30 metres.

saussure room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Grand Salon


grand salon room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Meteorology


meterology room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Sundials


sundials room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

1st floor


Weight and measurement


Weight and measurement room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Colladon Space


The Colladon space is dedicated to Jean-Daniel Colladon, a 19th century physicist from Geneva. He is known for his work on liquid compressibility and his measurements of the speed of sound in water in Lake Geneva. He meet the famous Ampère in Paris during work on electromagnetism.

colladon space at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Cabinet Pictet


Marc-Auguste Pictet lived between 1752 and 1825. He is a scientist specialized in meteorology, physics and astronomy. The museum shows some of his cabinet’s instruments for teaching experimental physics.

cabinet picted at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Electricity


Electricity room at the History of Science Museum Geneva

Library


Temporary exhibitions


The temporary exhibitions presented by the Geneva Museum of the History of Science allow an interesting interaction with the visitor, including and even rather for children, and change from the permanent exhibition which will rather inspire enthusiasts because of the certain complexity of the instruments presented. The Invention Space in Lausanne is another place for children to interact with the scientific field.

The logo of the “Roll the Mechanics” exhibition in 2018-2019 and a workshop to learn about the effect of pulleys when lifting an object.
The logo of the "Roll the Mechanics" exhibition in 2018-2019 - history of sciences museum geneva a workshop to learn about the effect of pulleys when lifting an object at the history of sciences museum

Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFbqISAlyck

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