Natural History Museum of Geneva
The Natural History Museum of Geneva presents collections of naturalized animals of local and world fauna as well as exhibitions on minerals and human history. It is by far the largest natural history museum in Switzerland, welcoming more than 300,000 visitors per year.
It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful museums in French-speaking Switzerland and one of the only Torpille’s attractions to have the maximum of 5 stars. The museum presents its collections on 4 floors and in 4 languages: English, German, Italian and French. It is free of charge as is the case for the other museums of the city of Geneva in public hands.
The building housing the museum is located in the park of Malagnou and dates from 1966. The permanent exhibitions represent 8’500 m2 of surface area while the temporary exhibition is not free (free admission every first Sunday of the month) and is located on the 3rd floor.
The Villereuse car park is a car park near the museum.
Purpose of the museum
The main purpose of the Geneva Museum of Natural History is to manage and show to the public the various collections.
Ground Floor (1966)
The ground floor is mainly dedicated to regional wildlife including:
- Amphibians and reptiles
- Precious stones (small space at the back of the exhibition)
In the entrance hall is the terrarium containing the Janus turtle, one of the mascots of the Geneva Museum of Natural History. Over 20 years old, it has the particularity of being made up of two heads and even has its own Wikipedia page.
First floor (1971)
The first floor displays exotic animals.
Le Café proposes some snacks.
Second floor (1973)
The second floor shows the following animals:
- Exotic amphibians and reptiles
- Exotic fishes
- The Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans
- The great depths
Some animals presented on the second floor.
From the second floor, you can enjoy the view of the large exotic animals on the first floor.
Temporary exhibitions are held every 12 to 18 months. For example, between May 2017 and January 2019, the ant exhibition takes place. The price for this exhibition is 9 francs for an adult and 6 for young people from 18 to 25. Free for children under 18 years old.
History of man
The Natural History Museum of Geneva is located in the Malagnou Park, which contains many animal sculptures. The park also has a playground for children.