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Historic Museum Walk in Geneva (Self Guided), Geneva

Geneva is a magnificent city with a great number of museums that offer a full spectrum of the city’s history. These showcases will enable you to discover the prehistoric Switzerland, and see how the city changed under Roman rule. There are views of medieval Geneva, as well. Take this tour to explore the historical insights of Switzerland and the city of Geneva.
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Guide Name: Historic Museum Walk in Geneva
Guide Location: Switzerland » Geneva (See other walking tours in Geneva)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.5 Km or 5.3 Miles
Author: john
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Musée D'Histoire Naturelle
  • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
  • Musée International de la Réforme
  • Maison Tavel
  • Espace Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Musée Patek Philippe
  • Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève
  • Institut et Musée Voltaire
  • Musée D'Histoire Des Sciences
  • Musée Ariana
  • Musée International de la Croix-Rouge
Musée D'Histoire Naturelle

1) Musée D'Histoire Naturelle (must see)

The Musée D'Histoire Naturelle (The Natural History Museum) offers a wide range of items and displays of Swiss flora and fauna, as it's one of the largest museums of this kind in Switzerland. The venue features four floors of exhibits that include: Fauna, birds, reptiles, insects, minerals, plus many more. It’s a much visited museum, especially by kids for whom the interactive displays and the life-sized replicas of dinosaurs present a lot of fun.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

2) Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (must see)

The largest art museum in Geneva was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Its Fine Art section has paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, with works by the Italian, Dutch, French, English, Genevan and Swiss Schools. The best-known painting is 'The Miraculous Draught of Fishes' (1444) by Konrad Witz, contained in Witz's St. Peter Altarpiece. Other major artists include Rembrandt, Cézanne, Modigliani, and the sculptor Rodin. The museum also has numerous works by Jean-Étienne Liotard, Ferdinand Hodler, Félix Vallotton and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The collection of works by the Genevan Neoclassical painter Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours (d. 1809) is much the best of any museum.

The Applied Art section has collections of Byzantine art, icons, weapons from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, silverware and tinware, musical instruments and textiles. The complete interior furnishing and wood panelling from several rooms of the Lower Castle Zizers (late 17th century) have been built into the museum.

The Archaeology section displays findings from European prehistory, ancient Egypt (with a mummy from the 9th century BC), the Kerma culture of Sudan, the Near East, ancient Greece, and Roman and pre-Roman Italy, as well as a numismatic cabinet.

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11 am–6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée International de la Réforme

3) Musée International de la Réforme (must see)

The Musée International de la Réforme exhibits some interesting and informational facts about the protestant reformation movement from the 16th century. The movement was started in Geneva by the famous reformist Jean Calvin, and it has had a huge impact as a religious, cultural, and philosophical phenomenon. The museum is connected by an underground passage to an archaeological site under the Saint-Pierre cathedral.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Maison Tavel

4) Maison Tavel (must see)

The Maison Tavel is considered to be one of the oldest houses in Geneva, and at the same time, a true representation of the medieval architecture from the 11th century. The name Tavel House comes from a rich family in Geneva that rebuilt the building after it had been severely damaged by fire. The House is perfectly complimentary to the urban look of the modern Geneva. Today, the Maison Tavel is a remarkable museum that showcases the history of Geneva.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Espace Jean-Jacques Rousseau

5) Espace Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Editor's note: Closed for renovation.

Geneva is famous for its most outstanding citizen, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Born at the beginning of the 18th century, this gifted man was talented in many areas. He was a great writer, philosopher, musician, professor and politician. The museum was established in the house Rousseau was born in. Here, you will experience a little of the way that Jean-Jacques Rousseau must have thought and felt, by exploring his distinguished works.
Musée Patek Philippe

6) Musée Patek Philippe (must see)

Swiss watches are known as the best watches in the world, so no wonder that there is a Patek Philippe Museum dedicated to them. There are some rare and unique watches here, made in Switzerland and Europe, and dating from the 16th to the 20th century. Also on display is a detailed history of the watch-making industry in Switzerland.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 2 pm - 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève

7) Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève (must see)

Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève, or MEG, holds many various exhibits, and it's the second largest museum of ethnography in Switzerland. Its collections number more than 100,000 items, gathered from around the world, are of a great cultural importance. The museum opened its doors to visitors in 1901, and since then it's been a very highly appreciated and visited building. The museum has another branch outside Geneva, MEG Conches.

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 11 am- 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Institut et Musée Voltaire

8) Institut et Musée Voltaire

The Institut et Musée Voltaire plays an important part in the cultural heritage of Geneva. The great French philosopher and writer Voltaire lived in Geneva between 1755 and 1765, on the actual premises of the museum, which is a part of the estate Les Délices. This building displays an insight into Voltaire’s life and works, plus a look at his entire collection of masterpieces.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 2 pm - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée D'Histoire Des Sciences

9) Musée D'Histoire Des Sciences (must see)

The Musée D'Histoire Des Sciences is a must-see museum of the history of science in Geneva. Under its shelter, you can find a vast collection of scientific instruments, objects and tools from Geneva’s science past, dating from the 17th to the 19th century. Also on display are different documents, which talk about some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs ever achieved in Switzerland.

Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-5:00pm
Musée Ariana

10) Musée Ariana (must see)

The Musée Ariana is located not far from the United Nation’s main site, in a very picturesque and green area. It has a very impressive collection of ceramic and glass -- more than 20,000 objects covering twelve centuries of ceramic fired art. The Ariana is one of the few museums in Europe that holds ceramic collections from all over the world. The venue is also one of the most beautiful pieces of neoclassical and neo-baroque architecture in Geneva.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée International de la Croix-Rouge

11) Musée International de la Croix-Rouge (must see)

The Musée International de la Croix-Rouge opened its doors for the first time in 1988, in the memory of those who served at the Red Cross and helped humanity for more than 140 years. The museum comprises eleven areas that will show you the history, development and work of the Red Cross, complete with facts, original documents, video slides, photos and sculptures.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm (April-October);Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm (November-March).
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Geneva, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Geneva

Create Your Own Walk in Geneva

Creating your own self-guided walk in Geneva is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Top Architectural Sights

Top Architectural Sights

Geneva has always been very much appreciated by tourists, as it provides a variety of attractions. Everyone, who comes to Geneva is fascinated by its medieval look and the marvelous buildings, which are a mix of French and German influences. Take this walking tour if you are interested in learning more about some of the top architectural wonders of Geneva.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Famous Religious Sites in Geneva

Famous Religious Sites in Geneva

Geneva’s spiritual life boasts a great number of religious sites that are of historic and cultural value to the city. The city is also the place where the reformist movement started to grow, having theologian Jean Calvin as its leader. Take this tour, whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in places of spirituality, and visit the most important religious sites of Geneva.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Tempting Chocolate Shops Tour in Geneva

Tempting Chocolate Shops Tour in Geneva

Chocolate started to gain popularity in Switzerland at the beginning of the 16th century, and over the centuries it has developed and became a highly appreciated Swiss commodity all around the world. Almost every city or town in Switzerland has at least one chocolate shop, so Geneva is no exception. Take this tour to taste some of the finest Swiss chocolate in Geneva.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Geneva Art Museums Walk

Geneva Art Museums Walk

Geneva is the home of many interesting and impressive art museums. Some of them are unique in the world. A great part of the valuable collections was donated by passionate Genevian collectors, who have managed to obtain the rarest examples of both antique and contemporary art. Large exhibitions of Fine Arts and Oriental Art are most impressive. Take the following tour to discover the most popular...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Best Swiss Watch Shops Tour in Geneva

Best Swiss Watch Shops Tour in Geneva

Swiss watches are known as the best, when it comes to quality and precision. Some world-famous brands, such as Patek Phillipe, Swatch, Omega and Piaget were designed and masterminded in Geneva. The watch industry in Geneva dates back to the 16th century, and since then, it has developed rapidly and now makes the most desired watches. Take this tour to choose your watch from the best watch shops in...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Geneva Introduction Walk

Geneva Introduction Walk

Geneva is a beautiful city that is worth visiting at any time of the year, as its beauty remains the same throughout the seasons. Mostly known as the city of watches and jewelery making, it has many more attractions to be discovered once you get there. The top landmarks of Geneva include the famous Jet D’eau and the Flower Clock. Take this tour to explore the top landmarks of the city of Geneva.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles