Last week, I took two “field trips” with my class to two local Geneva museums. Our professor spoke only in French, so I need to add a disclaimer that this post might not be perfect. Excusez-moi.
The first trip was to Fondation Martin Bodmer, located in Cologny, or better known as the Geneva Beverly Hills. Its a really nice overlook of the lake, in addition to being an amazing personal collection of historical archives, mainly to literature and scrolls, etc. Bodmer was a private collector and this museum only opened as detailed in his will, as an attempt to preserve and keep it in the same place.
Here is a sampling of some of the ‘ ordinary ‘ pieces in his collection :
Original sheet music from Beethoven and Mozart
First editions of Shakespeare’s plays Hamlet and Macbeth
Scroll notating gifts received by Queen Elizabeth I
First edition books – Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (left) and Dante (right) with Inferno being bottom right
One of the 21 Gutenburg Bibles left in existence
First edition hand scribed works by Plato and Aristotle
And, just a five minute walk down the street was Lord Byron’s house in Cologny. The rock below is where he wrote and overlooked the below view of Lake Geneva.
Mary Shelley also came up with the idea for Frankenstein while staying at his home in Cologny. Maybe it was the ominous clouds that inspired it……
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Thanks for posting this Lauren. The Bodmer is a real gem and a must-see for anyone visiting (or living in) Geneva. Also, check blog post “The Write Stuff – Finding Your Writer’s Voice in Geneva” (October/Cultural activities) for an added (fun) reference to the Byron summer home and its inspiration for the writing of Frankenstein! It’s so easy to get to both these sights by public transit. Just take the “A” bus from Rive to stop: Cologny Temple!