International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This renowned museum, universally acclaimed as one of the best in the city, provides a moving reminder of the importance of international humanitarian efforts.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Geoffrey S
    Brisbane, Australia44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend a visit. Restaurant up top is awesome
    We enjoyed the museum. Our late teens learnt a lot. Much of the Red Cross work is portrayed in interactive stories which worked for us. You must use the audioguide which comes with the admission fee to get anything out of the exhibit. The original Geneva Convention is here. It might not have all the history and foundations of the Red Cross as others have noted, but you can google that. Man, the buffet/ canteen style restaurant on the top floor was pretty awesome. We thought we were in heaven.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Zeev A
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Experience with some faults.
    Museum is built and decorated nicely. I believe it describes the organization's work very well and connects the viewer to the experience of the people who benefit from the Org's deeds. On the other hand, there's a slight feeling of self promotion. Additionally, in the Geneva tourist map, this museum appears as a free one. Well, it wasn't. This misleading information should be fixed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • helenandpaul13
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,658 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history of Charity during conflict.
    We visited here on our first full day in the city. It's a short walk from the centre, just follow the road by the lake, on the road to Lausanne, and as you go round the bend and up the hill keep walking straight ahead, go over the railway tracks, past the UNHCR building on the left and then over the right, past the broken chair statue which stands outside the UN building. Walk round the the left the UN building and up the hill, about 300 metres along on the opposite side of the road stands the museum, just up a flight of stairs. We paid about 30 Fr for a family ticket and I received a discount due to my age. We were given audio guides in English and directed to walk down the stairs and along the corridor to the area called Diversity where the tour begins. The Red Cross and the Red Crescent have been serving humanitarian causes in conflict zones for over 150 years, there is even an admission of failure from WW2. There are testimonies to listen to as well as artefacts from various areas of conflict it has been involved in. We were there for about 3 hours and it was worth every penny.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
  • S H
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic museum and awesome restaurant
    We weren't sure what to expect having read mixed reviews, but we absolutely loved the museum and restaurant. The museum isn't an information dump as you sometimes find, but a selective interactive experience with a lot of witness accounts told in the first person by holograms. There's many artifacts and an intriguing display of objects made by POWs. Although the museum is on one floor, we spent the whole day immersed in the interactive displays and personal accounts. The museum has the balance just right by offering a fascinating insight into the work of the International Red Cross but not overwhelming visitors. The restaurant on the top floor is open to anyone and you can visit without having to purchase a ticket to the museum. The food is all freshly made, varied, healthy and reasonably priced and the restaurant itself is a welcoming refreshing space with amazing views. It's worth coming just for the restaurant alone. We would highly recommend both the museum and restaurant.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • afinetraveler
    Washington DC, District of Columbia985 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    could have stayed longer
    It was nice to learn about the Red Cross, and I especially enjoyed the technology used in the exhibits. For example, the audio guide was able to start and stop on its own, depending upon the exhibit. I think we spent about 1.5 hours in the museum, and we could have stayed longer if our time allowed. From the train station, it took less than 30 minutes to walk to the museum, and we were able to walk by the UN entranceway along the route.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • TheLongLongTrailer
    Hartsburg, Missouri685 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done
    The museum is dedicated to the red cross’ humanitarian goals, with displays covering different episodes in the world’s crises. The headsets which are included in the admission (free with a guest card if you’re staying in Geneva) automatically turn on when you walk into different sections. I enjoyed the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Polly255344
    Launceston, Australia68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for visitors to Geneva.
    Am excellent museum, with some very moving exhibitions. You will come away feeling much more knowledgable and inspired about the enormously varied work of the Red Cross. The displays were very up-to-date, and many are interactive. It was easy to get to the museum by public transport, and the multilingual staff on the reception desk were friendly and knowledgable. The only downside was that the onsite cafe was closed when I visited, due to renovations in progress at the moment, so there were only basic refreshments on offer from a vending machine. There are no other cafes in the immediate area, so I would advise bringing some lunch with you if you are visiting in the morning .
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 8, 2023
  • annwoodward
    Perth, Australia271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an amazing museum and wonderful lesson
    Took my two teenage girls from Australia here in Jan. Originally I was disappointed I wasn't organised enough to get to the United Nations but this was fabulous. The displays and information were informative and interesting to my teenagers. A very humbling experience with a great message about dignity. The wall explaining photo tracking of displaced children under 5 in Rwanda was very moving. I liked that it covered modern historical events.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 31, 2024
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Graham B
Reims, France112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I was disappointed by the content of the museum. What was on display was informative and with the head-phone audio guide it was a good experience. However I expected more on the history of the Red Cross / Red Crescent. The museum is divided into four sections and there are some interesting personal stories but only one interactive display. And the restaurant was closed to the public.
Written October 12, 2021
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ABe
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The museum is less of an exhibition and more like a journey through the mindset of the Red Cross' mission and achievements. The audio tour provides lots of testimonials that are truly telling and inspiring. Definitively recommend it! P.s. if you happen to be hungry before or after your visit, there is a great canteen on campus that is open to everyone and that offers healthy foods at a reasonable price. The view over the lake from the terrace on a good day is great, too.
Written October 23, 2022
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afinetraveler
Washington DC, DC985 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It was nice to learn about the Red Cross, and I especially enjoyed the technology used in the exhibits. For example, the audio guide was able to start and stop on its own, depending upon the exhibit. I think we spent about 1.5 hours in the museum, and we could have stayed longer if our time allowed.

From the train station, it took less than 30 minutes to walk to the museum, and we were able to walk by the UN entranceway along the route.
Written July 25, 2023
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S H
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We weren't sure what to expect having read mixed reviews, but we absolutely loved the museum and restaurant. The museum isn't an information dump as you sometimes find, but a selective interactive experience with a lot of witness accounts told in the first person by holograms. There's many artifacts and an intriguing display of objects made by POWs. Although the museum is on one floor, we spent the whole day immersed in the interactive displays and personal accounts. The museum has the balance just right by offering a fascinating insight into the work of the International Red Cross but not overwhelming visitors.

The restaurant on the top floor is open to anyone and you can visit without having to purchase a ticket to the museum. The food is all freshly made, varied, healthy and reasonably priced and the restaurant itself is a welcoming refreshing space with amazing views. It's worth coming just for the restaurant alone.

We would highly recommend both the museum and restaurant.
Written July 21, 2023
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John Hong MD
Cape May Court House, NJ486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
International Museum of the Red Cross was truly spectacular. It’s one of a kind. The receptionists warmly welcomed us. Then we had a good lunch inside. Afterwards we proceeded into the exhibitions while wearing a self automated audio guide with very cool headphones that don’t touch your ears. We had to press the number for some of the exhibitions, but it often turned on automatically. Audio guide and interactive videos presented the history of the Red Cross as well as life changing stories of real people helped by the Red Cross. It moved me. It was inspiring. It is one of the greatest museums I have ever encountered.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jaya M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This place is very close to the ICRC Headquarters in Geneva. I had the opportunity of visiting the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum a few times on different occasions. This museum was upgraded a few years ago and is a location not to be missed when you're in Geneva!.. You will most certainly appreciate the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and learn more from the displays and exhibits here
Written July 14, 2022
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Mariai
77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Reserve a good time to visit this important and inspiring museum. The exhibitions take time to walk through and you might be overwhelmed with the mass of information provided. It breaks ones hear to see all conflict details but at the same time it gives you hope that good people are helping others.
Written January 23, 2020
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,658 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited here on our first full day in the city. It's a short walk from the centre, just follow the road by the lake, on the road to Lausanne, and as you go round the bend and up the hill keep walking straight ahead, go over the railway tracks, past the UNHCR building on the left and then over the right, past the broken chair statue which stands outside the UN building. Walk round the the left the UN building and up the hill, about 300 metres along on the opposite side of the road stands the museum, just up a flight of stairs.

We paid about 30 Fr for a family ticket and I received a discount due to my age. We were given audio guides in English and directed to walk down the stairs and along the corridor to the area called Diversity where the tour begins. The Red Cross and the Red Crescent have been serving humanitarian causes in conflict zones for over 150 years, there is even an admission of failure from WW2. There are testimonies to listen to as well as artefacts from various areas of conflict it has been involved in.

We were there for about 3 hours and it was worth every penny.
Written July 17, 2023
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CatherineBH
San Diego, CA327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We were glad that we visited. This museum is well organized with people stories, videos, and photo galleries. It provides an overview of the role and positive impact of the Red Cross in war and natural disasters. It heightened our awareness of the traumatic experiences people have due to wars and conflicts. Praying for Ukraine and world peace 🙏🙏🙏
Written March 6, 2022
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Sabine Walker
Pretoria, South Africa14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A visit to the Red Cross museum will tear at your heart, as you read about the horrors inflicted by people on people, and it will also raise your spirits to read of the selfless work done, and being done, by so many. Most of all, it makes you aware that humans learn so little from the past - a stark reality given the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Everyone should visit this museum for a powerful experience.

I thought I was aware of the good work done by this organisation but after visiting the museum I realise how little I knew. I am in awe of those who work tirelessly on behalf of victims of war.
Written May 5, 2022
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