Museum of Art and History

Geneva, Switzerland

The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Museum of Art and History) is the largest art museum in Geneva. It was built by the architect Marc Camoletti between 1903 and 1910, and financed by a bequest from the banker Charles Galland (1816–1901).

The façade is decorated with sculptures by Paul Amlehn: an allegory of the arts, depicting painting, sculpture, drawing and architecture, is mounted on the triangular gable above the entrance, and two more allegories, of archaeology and applied art, can be seen in the left- and right-hand corners of the building respectively.

The 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 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.

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Founded: 1903
Category: Museums in Switzerland

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bobwho1995 (2 years ago)
Nice museum. Free admission for the permanent collection. The temporary exhibits is 15 chf. Had lockers to store belongings. Great if you're into art and history.
Ross Neilson (2 years ago)
Free entry is fantastic and a good way to spend a few hours in Geneva that won't break the bank
Juan Antonio Estrada Herrera (2 years ago)
Really great museum, it has a good amount of historical artifacts, sculptures and paintings, also the permanent exhibit is free and if you like art and history it's a musst
David Evans (2 years ago)
Nice display and very friendly staff open to families. First Sunday of every month is free entry, including to the paid exhibitions.
Marina Azizian (2 years ago)
A dinner was launched in the honor of hirotonia of our Lord Alexandre of Russian Orthodox Church in Geneva. Everything was very well organized. Starting from reception till the very small details during the dinner was perfect. The waiters were very well organized. They had served till the very end with smile and professionalism. The only remark, the museum has no cloakroom with attendant so we had to keep our coats on our chairs. It is very pity, as the tables were covered with white cloths and napkins and a coats on the chairs were breaking the solemnity of the atmosphere.
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