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  • L'herbier des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques et ses quelque six millions d’échantillons est un des plus importants au monde. Quant au jardin, il abrite de magnifiques collections de plantes vivantes.
  • Site internet du Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques


  • Le FMAC a pour missions de développer la présence de l’art dans l’espace public et de soutenir les artistes actifs et actives à Genève. Le FMAC gère la Médiathèque, un espace de consultation et de diffusion d’une collection dédiée à l'art vidéo. Le FMAC Mobile, par ses actions de médiation, favorise l’intérêt et la compréhension des publics pour le domaine de l’art contemporain.
  • Page web du Fonds municipal d’art contemporain


  • Avec une collection riche de 25'000 objets illustrant douze siècles de culture céramique, le Musée Ariana compte parmi les grands musées européens spécialisés dans les arts du feu.
  • Site internet du Musée Ariana


  • Les Musées d’art et d’histoire forment le plus grand ensemble muséal de Suisse, avec ses cinq musées et leurs 700'000 objets, sa bibliothèque et ses ateliers de restauration.
  • Site internet des Musées d'art et d'histoire


  • Haut lieu de la réflexion sur les sociétés humaines, le Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, dont les bâtiments se trouvent au boulevard Carl-Vogt propose au travers de ses expositions une variété de lectures anthropologiques des phénomènes sociaux et culturels qui traversent le monde actuel.
  • Site internet du Musée d'ethnographie


  • Le Muséum d’histoire naturelle accueille plus de 250'000 visiteurs chaque année à la découverte des millions de spécimens exceptionnels appartenant au patrimoine naturel qu'il conserve. Unique en son genre en Suisse, le Musée d'histoire des sciences - affilié au Muséum - abrite une collection d'instruments scientifiques anciens issus des cabinets des savants genevois du 17e au 19e siècle.
  • Site internet du Muséum d'histoire naturelle
    Site internet du Musée d'histoire des sciences

Collections

The generosity of donors

Made up of donations, legacies and deposits collected over more than two centuries, the collection of the Museum of Art and History reflects the taste of Geneva and its history. The generosity of collectors, corporations and foundations is indeed the primary source of enrichment for the institution, and the names of certain donors are thus inseparable from its history: Walther Fol, Gustave Revilliod, Étienne Duval, without forgetting Jean-Jacques Rigaud, Anna Sarasin, Amélie Piot or Jacob-Adolphe Holzer, and more recently, Roger and Françoise Varenne, Janet Zakos, Edmond de Rothschild or Monique Nordmann. On the institutional side, mention should be made of the Lucien Baszanger Foundation, created in 1967 by the eponymous jeweller (1890-1971), which is responsible for major deposits of Dutch and Flemish paintings; the Jean-Louis Prevost Foundation, founded in 1973, which has donated more than 1,000 objects (applied arts, 18th- and 19th-century paintings from former patrician families of Geneva, supplemented by purchases); and the Garengo, Gottfried Keller and Hartung-Bergman Foundations, which have contributed greatly to the enrichment of the Fine Arts.

Today, the MAH collection can boast six major areas of specialization: Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Archaeology, Applied Arts, Library of Art and Archaeology, and Watchmaking, Enamelling, Jewellery and Miniatures.

Fine Arts

One of the most important public collections in Switzerland, the Fine Arts department of the MAH is constituted of artworks, which are representative of the major periods of Western Art from the 15th to the 20th century (6,200 paintings, 1,400 sculptures). The specific features of this collection are the Genevan School's portraits and landscapes, the Italian, Dutch and Flemish Schools of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the French School of the 17th and 18th centuries. Impressionism, symbolism, the avant-garde of the early 20th century and Nouveau Réalisme are some of the movements well represented, as are the artists Jean-Etienne Liotard, Alexandre Calame, Camille Corot, Ferdinand Hodler, Félix Vallotton and Bram Van Velde through important monographic ensembles. These artists also appear alongside Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours, Rodolphe Töpffer and Carlos Schwabe in the Graphic Arts collection.

Graphic Arts

This collection includes 25'000 drawings and pastels and 350'000 prints, multiples, photographs and artists' books. Most of the major artistic developments from the 15th century to the present day can be traced here: the important Flemish and Dutch (Goltzius and the Haarlem school, Rembrandt), French (Boucher, Corot, Redon), English (Hogarth, Earlom, Etching Revival), German (Dürer, Baselitz, Hartung) and Italian (Tiepolo, Piranesi) collections, as well as an extensive collection of 18th century pastels, Russian and Hungarian vanguard ensembles, a collection of Persian miniatures, and exhaustive ensembles by John M Armleder, Markus Raetz and Franz Gertsch.

Archaeology

Thanks to the generosity and curiosity of the Genevans, who have been interested in ancient cultures since the mid-16th century, the MAH is one of Switzerland's leading museums concerning antiquity. The statues, sarcophagi, reliefs, engravings, ceramics and coins of the Archaeology Department draw the outlines of regional prehistoric civilizations, Etruscans, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians as well as Nubia and the Near East over several millennia (20,000 objects from Classical antiquity, 8,000 objects from Egypt and Nubia, 2,000 objects from the Near East, 47,000 objects related to Prehistory, 100,000 coins and medals).

Applied Arts

The encyclopaedic spirit of the MAH also lies in its very diverse pieces of Applied Arts covering the fields of precious metals, ancient musical instruments, textiles, furniture, weapons and armour as well as Medieval art. The Eastern Christian world occupies an important place here, in particular the Coptic and Byzantine arts (23,000 decorative and utilitarian objects, 6,000 pieces of armour and ancient weapons, 900 musical instruments).

Watchmaking

The watchmaking, enameling, jewellery and miniatures sector honours Geneva watchmaking (watches decorated with enamel, complicated masterpieces) and Swiss specialities (small jewellery watches, music and automaton mechanisms). The French clock-making industry, with its great watchmakers (Breguet, Leroy, Lépine, etc.), also holds a special place, while miniatures on enamel, ivory or vellum underline the dexterity of Geneva and European artists. Following a burglary in 2002, followed by the closure of the Musée de l'horlogerie et de l'émaillerie, these pieces are no longer presented to the public.

Precious books

The Art and Archaeology Library's collection of precious books is regularly supplemented by new targeted acquisitions. It includes antiquarian books, illustrated books for bibliophiles, artists' books and creative books by Swiss and foreign artists (11,000 antiquarian volumes, 6,000 artists' books, 500,000 books, catalogues and digital resources).