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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
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$27.39*
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$135.91*
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Ranked #15 of 157 things to do in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This renowned museum, universally acclaimed as one of the best in the city, provides a moving reminder of the importance of international humanitarian efforts.
Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

We visited this 'museum' which in fact is more of an exhibition, I would say, and we all found it well worth visiting. The exhibition was well organized insomuch we each had headsets programmed to your language and paced dependent on where in the 3 main branches of the exhibits you were standing so you could go as quickly or slowly as you wished. Our two teenage daughters enjoyed and took away different things from the experience and I was moved to tears at one stage.
The design of the 3 halls are taken from 3 different designers and so keeps you interested to the end.
We took an hour and a half to go around. You need a parking permit to park nearby, bought in a tabac or petrol stn. The kind traffic warden gave us a handwritten pass as we asked them where to park but this was unoffocial!!!

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This was an amazing museum. Well curated and very moving. Thought we would spend maybe an hour and ended up spending about 2.5 hours. Get the Geneva card and you get in a good number of attractions free or reduced.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Our guide book recommended this museum for its informative displays on the humanitarian work of the Red Cross over time. I don't know if that exhibition still exists but we were only offered the 'aventure humanitariane'. Everything in Geneva is expensive and this was too, but we were happy to pay for an informative exhibition. Museums have moved on from dry displays in glass cases and modern ones like to experiment with design, space and interactivity but this one takes this to another level. This exhibition is designed by three modern architects and full of 'meaningful' video displays and works of art which are presented with little or no contextual knowledge leaving you bewildered and baffled. On the positive side, there were some fascinating archives of the missing from World War 1 and moving testimonies of conflicts around the world. There was a good summary of the Rwandan genocide and a wonderful display of children's photos, affected by the atrocity. The artistic work of prisoners was also inspiring. Sadly, even here artistic priorities triumphed over visitor experience - only four seats to study the World War 1 records and only one seat ( a beautifully designed one) in front of each testimony so that you had a choice of missing it out or queuing up even when the museum was not very busy. The audio tour in English only worked off and on, providing frustrating morsals of interesting information when it chose to work. There was also a lovely archive film advertising the work of the Red Cross but no explanation of its origin or date. All in all we came out of the museum feeling cheated - they obviously have some fantastic material to share but sadly let architects and designers have full sway without giving historians a voice. If you love modern art and design then you might enjoy this. If you go to museums to try to learn and understand, give this one a miss.

4  Thank Diana L
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

The museum is really dissapointing. It is modern, but the content is really poor. You would find much more interesting things on Wikipedia. Besides, 15 Franks per person is really too much considering the value you get.

1  Thank Justo66
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This museum is fantastic and you can combine the visit with the United Nations place, which is just across the street. The museum is fantastic! Although quite far from the city centre, you can use the bus system with the transportation card you received in your hotel for free.

1  Thank ThomasBSB
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