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Art Museum
“The Museum of Art and History is the city's largest and one of its most important institutions. The museum is housed within a building designed by Marc Camoletti and constructed from 1903 to 1910; the building's exhibition space covers four floors and 7,000m². the building itself is a treasure with an inner courtyard, and a façade featuring sculptures by Paul Amlehn and a triangular gable with an allegorical depiction of the arts. In a frieze on the upper section of the façade, there are the names of Genevan artists. The collections are divided into thematic categories focusing on Applied Arts, Fine Art, and archaeology. There is an art section in the museum with paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century including works by Konrad Witz, Rembrandt, Modigliani, and Rodin. An Applied Arts section has Byzantine art, medieval weapons, silverware and historic musical instruments among the collection. Part of the museum has been turned into the 17th century interior of the Lower Castle Zizers complete with wood paneling and furniture. In the archaeology, the section pieces from prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt, African, Greek, and Roman cultures. Other interesting pieces in the collection are medieval stained glass, 12th-century armor, Swiss watches, and Greek vases.”
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History Museum
“A very notorious visit among local kids... and great kids. One of the best in Europe”
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Museum
“Le lieu le + célèbre d'Annecy. Anciennes prisons. Possibilité de visiter /// Most famous spot in Annecy. Old prison. Possibility to visit”
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Castle
“Annecy Castle is an historic monument turned into a museum. Permanent and temporary exhibitions.”
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History Museum
“Explore the history of the Alps and how Chamonix has become a modern day ski and mountaineering mecca.”
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Museum
“The Musée d'ethnographie de Genève is one of the most important ethnographic museums in Switzerland. Their permanent collection is definitely not to be missed! http://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/index.php”
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Museum
“The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is a museum located in Geneva, Switzerland. It first opened in 1988 and underwent a significant renovation in from 2011 to 2013. https://www.redcrossmuseum.ch/en/ Opening Hours From Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m April to October 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November to March Closed on Monday, 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January”
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“It was in the 16th century that the first names of Swiss watchmakers emerged and Geneva became the birthplace of watchmaking. At the time, following John Calvin’s reform, Genevans had to follow a dress code and dress as simply as possible. But refusing to take off all adornments, the people of Geneva decided to buy watches and, to meet the demand, jewellers retrained as watchmakers. So this is how the Genevan artisan watchmaker was born. A mix of tradition and precision, Geneva is today the symbol of fine watchmaking.”
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“Fascination museum on cristal hunting which is an old tradition in Chamonix, and on mountaineering.”
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Art Museum
“If you like modern art, this is a great gallery with a great space. If you end up here on a 1st Sunday of a month, all galleries in Geneva are FREE”
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Museum
“Donation faite à la ville d'Aix-les-Bains, la collection d'oeuvres (peintures impressionnistes majoritairement, 34 sculptures dont Rodin) du docteur Jean Faure trouve sa place dans une majestueuse villa 1900 de style génois, la Villa des Chimères. Vous y trouverez également la chambre reconstituée de Lamartine qui a souvent séjourné à Aix-les-Bains. Le musée est ouvert du mercredi au dimanche. ”
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Museum
“A very cultural experience, Les Gets’ Museum of Mechanical Music has one of the finest collections in Europe of mechanical instruments (around 600 exhibits). Enjoy a guided tour (all the instruments are working) and discover chimes, clocks, musical boxes, automatons, organs, orchestrions and mechanical violins, mechanical and pneumatic pianos, phonographs and gramophones…to name just a few. All are displayed in their historical context so it offers a historic and cultural learning experience if the mountain isn't cutting it for you!”
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History Museum
“nice castle with collections of travel souvenirs from Leon mares, one of the great collectrs from 19th century. Open March 15 to October 15 for visits”
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History Museum
“Small museum of history of Geneva. Entrance is free and in the top floor they have an amazing copper reproduction of the city in 1850 before the fortifications were demolished. Must seen!”
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Art Museum
“Museum used for temporary exhibitions. It is the oldest purpose-built art museum in Switzerland.”
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Museum
“The salt mines at Bex have existed for hundreds of years and run for 50km underground. Well worth a visit on a rainy day.”
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