Sights in Geneva

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The building of the United Nations is one of the famous buildings in Geneva. This enormous complex, which covers a surface area equal to that of Versailles, was completed in 1936. Since 1946 it has housed the offices of the United Nations.

Besides this, Geneva has over thirty museums. Together with the private galleries, they house some prestigious collections, which bear witness to the creativity and cultural influence of Geneva. For those interested in history and architecture, the Old Town has a number of exceptional sites and Genevan emblems, such as the Jet d'Eau Fountain' and the Floral Clock.

When you want to breathe in some fresh air, you can find lushy parks and splendid botanical gardens.

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Musée Rath

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Very nice museum on the place neuve that does good expositions. I visited (jan-2004) an expo on Hodler (Swiss painter) that was very interesting.

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address:Place Neuve

Auditoire Calvin

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Auditoire Calvin was first a chapel in the 5th century, and then a parish seat in the 13th century. It also lodged John Knox in 1555. He, along with Thomas Bodley (future founder of the library of Oxford) and Miles Coverdale, collaborated on the first English Bible for household use which came to be called the 'Geneva Bible'.

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address:Cour Saint-Pierre, 1204 Geneva
openinghours:June to September: Closed on Mon., Tues-Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. October to May : Closed on Mon., Tues-Sat. 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to noon and 2- 5 p.m.

Musée Automobiles Motos et Cycles

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The Automobile and Cycle Museum displays a collection of some 120 vintage cars, motor-cycles and bicycles. The cars were all built before World War 2. The motor-cycle collection covers the period of 1896-1950. The museums is open daily from 2-6 p.m. except Monday and Tuesday. The busses No. 1-4 will bring you there.

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address:rue des Bains 28-30
tel:022.321.36.37

Centre d'Iconographie Genevoise

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address:pass. de la Tour 2
tel:022.418.46.70

Musée Mamco Art Moderne et Contemporain

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address:rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10
tel:022.320.61.22

Musée Militaire Genevois & Musée des Suisses à l'E

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Actually you can visit two museums at the same place, the Domaine de Penthes. One museum exhibits objects and paintings about the relations between Switzerland and other countries. The General Dufour pavillion houses a collection of uniforms, documents and weapons illustrating the history of the army. Phone +41-22-7349021 for further information. Admission: Adults pay 5 Sfr; reduced rate 3.50 Sfr; children 1.50 Sfr (under 6 free).

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address:Château de Penthes, Geneva - Pregny, 1292
openinghours:10am-noon, 2pm-6pm Tue-Sun

Musée d'Art et Histoire

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The Art and History Museum is Switzerland’s only encyclopedic museum, covering the whole of western culture, from its origins to the present. The exhibitions consists of three sectors that comprise Archeology, Beaux-Arts (paintings from Renaissance to modern times and sculptures of such modern artists as Houdon and Rodin) and Applied Arts. It is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, Mondays closed. Guided tours available. The busses No. 3,5,6,8,17 can bring you to the museum.

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address:r Charles-Galland 2
tel:+41-22-418.26.00

Musée Histoire des Sciences

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address:rue de Lausanne 128
tel:022.418.50.60

Musée Histoire Naturelle

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address:r de Malagnou 1
tel:022.418.63.00

Musée Barbier-Mueller

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address:rue Calvin 10
tel:022.312.02.70

Musée Cabinet des Estampes

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address:prom. du Pin 5
tel:022.418.27.70
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