Museum of Natural History (Muséum d'histoire naturelle)

#8 in Best Things To Do in Geneva
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Key Info

Route de Malagnou 1

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

If you're traveling with one or more budding naturalists, then a visit to Geneva's Museum of Natural History is a must. Situated in the southeastern part of the Eaux-Vives neighborhood within walking distance of Lake Geneva and St-Pierre Cathedral Geneva, this animal-themed museum houses replica habitats filled with taxidermy animals, including owls, weasels and polar bears. Temporary exhibits about everything from ants to dinosaurs are also offered. Plus, kids can participate in free interactive workshops on select Wednesdays (such as ones that focus on microscopes or origami) and complimentary field trips to look for critters.

Although some recent visitors said the Museum of Natural History's displays were "boring" and difficult to understand since they lacked English translations, others praised its "interesting and extensive" exhibits. What's more, many appreciated the property's free admissions. A few travelers were especially impressed with the museum's living two-headed turtle, Janus.

You can check out this attraction's permanent collection of taxidermy animals for free, but to see temporary exhibits, a fee of 9 Swiss francs ($9.50) per adult age 26 or older and 6 Swiss francs (about $6) for each visitor between 18 and 25 applies. Kids 17 and younger receive complimentary admissions. Tickets can be purchased on the museum's booking page.

Besides the permanent exhibit, all museumgoers have access to restrooms, a gift shop, two playgrounds, a library and a cafe. Limited street parking and several stops for multiple bus routes and the No. 12 tram are available nearby. The property is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about offered activities and facilities, visit the Muséum Genève's Museum of Natural History page.

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#1 Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Straddling the Franco-Swiss border is Lake Geneva, a 224-square-mile lake formed by the Rhône River. It has been a popular vacation spot for years, drawing such memorable names as Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren. In fact, many of Lake Geneva's visitors (including Hepburn and Chaplin) were so smitten with the area that they became permanent residents.

If you're looking to spend some time away from the city, there are plenty of attractions located along the lake's shores. Explore the vineyards and wineries in Lausanne on the lake's northern shore, or head to Montreux for belle epoque architecture. Back in Geneva (at the lake's southernmost shore), you can go swimming at the Pâquis Baths and watch the Jet d'Eau.

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