Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Geneva)

Geneva’s Natural History Museum (Muséum Genève) has been our go-to museum on rainy days for the last 6 years!  We have, over the years, pushed a sleeping baby around the exhibits here, watched our toddlers crawl/run/topple over, and we have spent plenty of time running after them too!

Muséum d'Histore Naturelle
Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle © montblancfamilyfun

What a wonderful museum this is!  Set across 4 floors, the permanent exhibits include: local fauna, animals of the world and an extensive mineral collection.

«Célébrons! 50 ans du Muséum à Malagnou»
Celebrating 50 years of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle à Genève © montblancfamilyfun

Until January 2018, the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle is continuing to celebrate its 50 year anniversary – Célébrons! 50 ans du Muséum à Malagnou.  There are plenty more events scheduled, so do check their flyer!

The last temporary exhibition, which ran until March 2017, was the excellent «Dinosaurs».  With several dinosaur skeletons to gawp at and a myriad of interactive activities, the MBFF team were absolutely enthralled!  We even came away with the perfect “selfie with a scary dinosaur” souvenir, courtesy of the museum (and a “dinosaur tooth” or two!).

«Dinosaurs» at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle à Genève © montblancfamilyfun

After «Dinosaurs», the museum has turned its attention to much smaller creature – ANTS!  If you’d like to learn all about these fascinating little animals and experience a giant anthill, then free up a day before the January 2019 (this exhibitions has been extended due to success) to come go and see «Fourmis»

«Fourmis» at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle à Genève © Ville de Genève / Muséum Genève

Eating options

The museum has a spacious café (recently renovated) with good lunch options (no picnics allowed, but on a warm day, there is plenty of space for a picnic outside).

Another option is the fabulous family-friendly Luiga restaurant, located just down the road from the museum.  This Italian restaurant is spacious, serves delicious food and doesn’t take reservations, so you can always find a table! A truly Italian welcome . . .  we were introduced to this restaurant through Geneva friends; thank you to them! / open 7 days a week, from 12h / address: rue Adrien-Lachenal 24a, 1207, Geneva / tel: (+)41 22 840 15 15 / website;

Workshops for children

The Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle offers workshops for children on Wednesday afternoons from 14h to 16h30 and some Saturdays.  Check the museum’s website for more details;

Gift Shop

There is a great gift shop at the entrance; a great place to pick up some birthday presents, stickers, postcards or posters!

Family facilities at the museum

As well as the restaurant/café on-site, there is a cloakroom, a place to leave pushchairs (not supervised) and there are baby changing facilities.

Opening hours

The Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle is open every day except Monday, 10h to 17h;

CLOSED: Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day;


It is FREE to visit the permanent exhibition space!

Temporary exhibitions have an entrance fee, but are FREE on the first Sunday of each month.

1 route de Malagnou,
1208, Geneva,

Tel: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00;


Parking: Villereuse car park (paying) is just next door, otherwise you may find some free parking at the weekend on the adjacent streets;

5 thoughts on “Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Geneva)

  1. Fantastic museum or as Sascha points out : His museum! Very save rainy day option. Looking forward to our next visit. By the way – the quality of the mbff pictures is remarkable!


    1. The montblanfamily team looks forward to many more visits to “our” museum tous ensemble! It’s fun watching our boys grow a bit bigger with each visit! Each visit rewards us with a new reaction, with new questions, with new knowledge!


  2. Pingback: Chamonix Museums

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.