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Natural History Museum of Geneva

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2018 Oct
  • Date de Visite
    27.10.2018
  • Création
    1967
  • Fréquentation
    314'000 (2016)

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.

The entrance to the Geneva Museum of Natural History.
The entrance to the Geneva Museum of Natural History.

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 dome above the stairs of the museum.
The dome above the stairs of the museum. Natural History Museum of Geneva

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.

Access


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:

  • Invertebrates
  • Amphibians and reptiles
  • Fishes
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Precious stones (small space at the back of the exhibition)

Animals and mammals of the regional fauna on the ground floor of the museum.
Birds of regional fauna on the ground floor of the Geneva Museum of Natural History Mammals of regional fauna on the ground floor of the Geneva Museum of Natural History

Other:

  • Shop
  • Entry

The entrance to the museum with the reception and the shop.
The entrance to the Geneva Natural History Museum with the reception the shop on the ground floor of the Geneva Natural History Museum

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.

  • Birds
  • Mammals

Exotic birds presented. A red frame indicates missing animals such as the famous Dodo of Mauritius.
Reproduction of the famous Mauritius Dodo on the first floor of the Geneva Museum of Natural History Exotic birds presented at the Geneva Museum of Natural History

Exotic mammals. View on the area of large exotic mammals such as giraffes, bears, rhinos, etc….
Exotic mammals on the first floor of the Geneva Natural History Museum View of the large exotic mammals area at the Geneva Natural History Museum

Le Café proposes some snacks.

the café of the geneva natural history museum on the first floor the café of the geneva natural history museum on the first floor

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
  • Invertebrates

Some animals presented on the second floor.

fish presented on the second floor of the Geneva Museum of Natural History fish presented on the second floor of the Geneva Museum of Natural History

fish and marine mammals on the second floor of the Geneva Museum of Natural History turtles on the second floor of the Geneva Museum of Natural History

From the second floor, you can enjoy the view of the large exotic animals on the first floor.

From the second floor, you can enjoy the view of the large exotic animals of the first floor - Geneva Natural History Museum

Third floor


Temporary exhibitions


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.

The entrance to the temporary exhibition and a view of the ant farm on display at the ant exhibition.
The entrance of the temporary exhibition in the Geneva Museum of Natural History  view of the anthill exhibited during the exhibition devoted to the ant in the Geneva Museum of Natural History

Mineralogy


minerals exhibited at the Geneva Museum of Natural History minerals exhibited at the Geneva Museum of Natural History

History of man


the history of man at the Geneva Museum of Natural History the history of man at the Geneva Museum of Natural History

Malagnou Park


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.

The entrance to the Malagnou park.
The entrance to the Malagnou park.

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