Regularly dubbed the best cultural attraction in Switzerland, the Museum of Art and History is home to over 650,000 works of art and artifacts spread over five massive floors. The building itself is a splendor in its own right, a gem of Neo Classical architecture flanked by soaring Grecian columns, a series of allegorical sculptures representing various arts, like drawing, painting, and architecture, as well as a top frieze depicting the names of illustrious local artists. The museum’s diverse collections found inside, which have continuously been enriched since it first opened under the name Musée des beaux-arts in 1826, are a testament to applied arts and beaux-arts, as well as archaeology – painting-wise, some of the sought-after headliners include Rembrandt, Modigliani, Cézanne, and Rodin. In addition to all that, MAH also hosts a dozen temporary exhibits throughout the year, ranging anywhere between Picasso to Akhenaton.
Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss the largest collection of Egyptian findings in Switzerland in the first basement; over 70,000 artifacts await including an ancient mummy dating back to the 9th century BC.
The Museum of Art and History is located on rue Charles-Galland in Geneva. It can easily be reached on foot from Geneva’s Old Town, by tram at station Rive (line 12) or by car; there is paid parking available across the street on boulevard Émile-Jacques- Dalcroze. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6pm. Admission is free.