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!
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»
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!).
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»!
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;
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.
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,
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;