🐧 Geneva’s Natural History Museum (Muséum Genève) has been our go-to museum on ☔️ rainy days for the last 7 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!
What a wonderful museum this is! Set across 4 floors, the permanent exhibitions include: 🦌 local fauna, 🐘 animals of the world and an extensive 💎 mineral collection.
« Célébrons! 50 ans du Muséum à Malagnou »
Until January 2018, the Muséum Genève was celebrating its 50 year anniversary – Célébrons! 50 ans du Muséum à Malagnou – and it did so with two fabulous temporary exhibitions:
- the breathtaking 🦕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!);
- 🐜 Fourmis 🐜 – after «Dinosaurs», the museum turned its attention to much smaller creature – 🐜 ANTS ! – this fabulous exhibition ran until 6th January 2019;
current temporary exhibitions:
This exhibition – which looks at how our quest for more light and light pollution is destroying the night and damaging the lives of 🦇 nocturnal species – will run until 14th April 2019 / pdf document
🍏 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 is very family friendly (baby-changing facilities, high chairs, children’s play area). It doesn’t take reservations, but we have never waited long for a table. You’ll get a truly Italian welcome . . . we were introduced to this restaurant through Geneva friends, so 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 Genève offers 🎨 workshops for children on Wednesday afternoons from 14h to 16h and on some weekends too. Check the museum’s website for more details . . .
atelier: Allez la Nuit by AniMuse / a parcours interactif to explain the life of 🦊 nocturnal animals, in conjunction with the temporary exhibition La Nuit est Belle / Sundays 13th & 27th January and 10th & 24th February and 10th March, 14h to 16h / for families;
atelier: 🦕 Empreintes des Dinosaures / with geologists André Piuz and Christophe Ferrante, learn the profession of paleantologist / Wednesdays 16th, 23rd and 30th January, 14h to 16h30 / 6+ years;
🦇 La Nuit du Chauve-Souris 🦇 is an annual evening event organised at the museum in the summer . . . lots of fun activities for the whole family!
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.
Other activities in the area
You are unlikely to spend ALL day at the museum (more likely a couple of hours, depending on age and attention span of youngsters!), so here are some ideas (tried and tested by the MBFF family!) of what to do in the vicinity:
PLAYGROUNDS – did you know that school playgrounds remain open at the weekend in Switzerland? No? Neither us; we learned this fact from various Swiss resident friends! One fine weather day, after a Muséum visit, we playground-hopped (we just stumbled upon each playground!) all the way to the 🌳 Parc de la Grange . . . here is a photo-montage of what we found that day:
🌹 Le Parc des Eaux-Vives (Parc de la Grange) – a 30 minute stroll from the Muséum brings you to this beautiful park. You’ll find a small ☕️ café, plenty of grass for running around . . . for young children, think to have 🛴 scooters and draisiennes at hand to get here without whining!
💦 Lac Léman – also accessible à pied, is Lac Léman and its iconic Jet d’Eau. 🏖 Baby Plage is located near the lakeside entrance to the Parc de la Grange – a perfect spot for playing in the sand and watching the boats . . .
🗓 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;
💵 price: it is FREE to visit the permanent exhibition space! 🐜🦖 Temporary exhibitions have an entrance fee, but they are FREE on the first Sunday of each month (be sure to ask for a children’s booklet to accompany the visit).
address: 1 route de Malagnou, 1208, Geneva, Switzerland
tel: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00;
FB page: here;
🚗 parking: Villereuse car park (paying) is just next door, otherwise you may find some free parking at the weekend on the adjacent streets;