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One of the oldest art museums in the country, this grand institution is the pick of the city's museums. Musée Rath is devoted to temporary exhibitions, and showcases the best of contemporary Swiss as well as international art. Established in 1826, Musee Rath was the only dedicated art museum of the time. Besides their rotating exhibitions, the museum has a splendid collection of historic fine art. Visit the website for admission prices and more.
Located in the heart of Geneva's old city, the Musée Fondation Zoubov showcases an assortment of 18th-century artwork that is comprised entirely of the private collection of the Zoubov family. The art is stunning, but visitors might also be inclined to see this museum as much for its location as its collection. Housed in a stunning historical mansion, built between 1720 and 1723, that has been attended throughout the years by leading figures from the local aristocracy, this museum combines a stunning setting with historical grandeur to make an unforgettable experience. Check website for more.
The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Museum of Art and History) is Geneva's prime museum, which houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Its permanent art collection is particularly centered around Alpine and lake scenes, portraits by Ferdinand Hodler, and works by some of the most famous artists associated with Switzerland, including Giacometti. The fine arts wing also contains works by Rodin, Cézanne and others. Other areas of the museum comprise an applied arts area (silverware and furniture) and the museum expands its show area to an elegant courtyard in the summer. There's also a bookshop, filled with research material on related subjects. Check website to know more about exhibitions and upcoming events to be held here. Entry to the permanent exhibits is free, but you will be charged for touring the temporary collection.
Located in an elegant mansion near the Russian Church (Eglise Russe) and the Old City, the Foundation Baur forms one of the most exceptional collections of Chinese and Japanese ceramics, porcelain, china, jade, lacquerware and engravings. A visit to this museum is a historical and cultural journey through over 10 centuries of Japanese and Chinese art. The exquisite objects, some of which are extremely rare, are beautifully presented and new pieces are constantly added to the collection. Temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year.