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Barbier-Mueller Museum (Musee Barbier-Mueller)

Rue Jean-Calvin, 10, Geneva 1204, Switzerland (Cité)
(0)22 312 02 70
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Ranked #12 of 71 Attractions in Geneva
Type: Museums
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Rome, Italy
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I visited the Barbier-Muller Museum already twice. It is in the ancient town of Geneva. It has an absolutely wonderful collection of statues, originating from all over the world and belonging to very different epochs. Most could be said to belong to "primitive" civilizations, but there is such a variety of artifacts that it is really rare, going from Minoan... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
57 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Every time we come to GVA we visit this lovely small museum in the old town (close to the Cathedral) which is a real treasure trove with superb exhibitions. It is small, cosy and always interesting. This time we viewed"Insolite Nudity". We loved it! Warmly recommended.

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Bern, Switzerland
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

With the uninspired, dull and visionless Musée d'Art et d'Histoire and the fascinating Patek Philippe Museum, Musée Barbier-Mueller joins the ranks of the latter as a stellar, interesting, small and high-quality museum with wonderfully executed exhibitions. The price for Geneva standards is accessible, the team clearly loves curating the massive collection, one of the largest ethnographic collections of African, Oceanic... More

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Annemasse, France
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375 reviews 375 reviews
81 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

this is a small and private museum. if you are a fan of Art primitif do go here but purchase the "PAsseport Musée" as it gives you entrances to 4 other private museums and saves money. The temporary expositions are always interesting

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

A lovely, small, museum tucked away in the delightful old quarter of Geneva. Some exceptional pieces are on display from the vast collection of tribal art collected by Josef Mueller when there was little appreciation and knowledge of such work. The displays are good and the museum, when we went there was not at all crowded. Our visit probably lasted... More

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San Francisco, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Beautiful pieces of art in this small ethnographic museum. If you collect or enjoy African, Oceanic or Arts of the Americas this is a must see while you are in Geneva.

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New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I was amazed, it is a tiny museum. Pieces on exhibition are from a private collection (huge!). And what a collection. African, Oceania, antiques from Greece, Italy. Small pieces like statuettes, figurines incredibly beautiful and such a quality in the way of presenting them, lighting and everything...So indeed a place worth to visit. And plus it is located in the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This small museum has put together a collection of masks created by disparate cultures around the world (mostly created for magical or shamanistic use) in a manner which displays quite extraordinary and unexpected thematic connections. A very intelligent and thought-provoking effort!

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Rolling Hills Estates, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We were walking in the Old Town and it started to rain. As we were passing this Museum (and had a Swiss Saver Pass) we decided to duck in, We were delighted we did. Great exhibit of masks from all over the World, well displayed.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

The Barbier-Mueller collections are notable - many pieces in the Musée du Quay d'Orsay in Paris com from them. This small museum, almost hidden in the old streets of Geneva, has some stunning exhibits of masks and other artifacts from Africa and places in the South Pacific like the Solomon Islands. Exquisitely presented, intimate (yes, small) and a joy to... More

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