Geneva is not only a business and banking hub and a showcase for jewellery stores and watchmakers – it’s also a dynamic, multicultural city with a long history and wonderful cultural attractions, some unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Here, Manotel shares its recommendations for cultural activities to enjoy in Geneva!
The MEG – Musée d’ethnographie de Genève
Conveniently located between the Rivers Arve and Rhone, the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva is a must-see. It was even awarded the European Museum of the Year award in 2017! Consisting of historical objects and documents from civilisations across five continents, this vast collection perfectly reflects the openness of both Geneva and Switzerland to the surrounding world. So, don’t miss it, especially as entry to its permanent exhibitions is free.
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
This unique museum is the only one in the world devoted to the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. It truly deserves its place in Geneva – not least because the Red Cross was founded by a Genevan, Henry Dunant, who created the international movement in 1963 after witnessing the Battle of Solferino.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum exhibition is split into 3 themed areas, to introduce the visitor to its humanitarian action while leaving room for reflection.
The Palace of Nations
The Palace of Nations is another unmissable feature of Geneva and an historic symbol of Switzerland’s neutrality. Home to the United Nations, it is the body’s second most important office after its Headquarters in New York. It is also the base for other major organisations such as UNESCO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA). It’s very popular, so get there early to be sure of a place on the guided tours.
The Quartier des Bains
The Quartier des Bains is an area of Geneva that’s 100% devoted to modern art. Several cultural institutions have made it their home, to the delight of art novices and purists alike. The MAMCO – the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art – is the most famous and most attended of these galleries, offering permanent and temporary exhibitions focused primarily on artworks from the last 50 years. Another tip: three times a year, the Quartier des Bains organises an evening show called La Nuit des Bains, when you can visit different exhibitions and enjoy free access to the MAMCO from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Patek Philippe Museum
Finally, you can’t escape it – Watchmaking is an important aspect of Geneva and its history. That’s why we couldn’t resist the temptation of suggesting a visit to the Patek Philippe Museum! A real temple of timepieces, here you will discover a vast collection of clocks and watches dating from the 16th to the 20th Century. It really is a feast for the eyes! And finally, to perfect your cultural knowledge, don’t forget to head to the library on the top floor.
As we’re sure you’ll have gathered, Geneva is brimming with cultural activities and the 5 suggestions above are only a small sample of what the city has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Come and discover Geneva with Manotel!