Still feeling cooped up after confinement?  Want to connect again to our big world out there, and all its natural wonders?  Or just to occupy your kids for a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon?  Then get to know one of Geneva’s premier museums!

Inaugurated in 1966, the city’s Natural History Museum (at 10,000 m²) is the largest in Switzerland.  More than 270K visitors (and nearly all of Geneva’s primary school students) stream through its doors each year to check out the impressive permanent exhibits, as well as the rotating temporary exhibits.  Its five levels feature regional flora/fauna (ground floor), exotic animals (stuffed specimens include tigers, giraffes, elephants and many more), and an entire floor dedicated to geosciences, astronomy and the evolution of man.


As of Thursday, May 21, Geneva’s Natural History Museum is open per its usual schedule.   There are some COVID-related restrictions, but the permanent galleries on the ground, first and second levels are accessible.  Moreover, for those who love shopping in museum gift shops, items at the Museum’s shop are discounted from 50%-80%.  Likewise, the Museum Café will be open daily from 11:30 – 14:30, with social distancing and a reduced menu.

Conveniently located in the center of Geneva at route de Malagnou 11208 Genève, the Museum is easily reached by tram 12 or 17, or buses 1, 5, 8 and 25.

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The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 17:00 (closed Mondays.) Admission is free to all.  Museum premises are also available to rent for events, as well as for kids’ birthday parties.

And last, a fun fact, did you know the Museum houses a bat rehabilitation center in its basement?  Read this post to discover more.

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