It's no coincidence that the Baur Foundation is also Geneva’s Museum of Far Eastern Art (Musée des arts d'Extrême-Orient). The museum boasts over 9,000 East Asian artworks and artifacts in a private collection that covers a thousand years of history. The exhibition, which focuses mainly on China and Japan, is organized by country and includes some of the finest samurai swords, porcelains and jade ceramics in Europe.
Set in an elegant manor in Old Town Geneva, the Baur Foundation is frequented by art-lovers and passersby, alike, but is rarely crowded. A variety of temporary exhibitions, including a past exhibit on Cartier, and the museum's location within walking distance from Geneva's Art and History Museum makes it a great stop on any city museum tour.
Visitors holding a Geneva Pass can visit the museum for free, with the added benefit of free, unlimited public transportation and admission to over 40 other city attractions, including the Museum of Art and History and guided walking tours through Old Town.
Insider’s Tip: You can get a great view of the museum's Japanese garden, located in the manor courtyard, from the first floor exhibition room.
The Baur Foundation is located on Rue Munier-Romilly in Geneva's Old Town (Vieille Ville) District. The museum is easily accessible by bus (Rive, line 8; Palais Eynard, line 5) and by tram (Terrassière station, line 12), as well as by car. Parking is available in a lot beneath Promenade Saint-Antoine along boulevard Emile-Jacques-Dalcroze at a rate of 1 CHF per 20 minutes.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, and until 8pm on Wednesday for those on guided tours. It is closed Monday. Admission costs 10 CHF for adults and is free of charge for children younger than 16. No photography is allowed in the museum, and you might be asked to store your belongings in a locker at the entrance of the exhibit.