[ Geneva, Nyon, Cluses & Annecy ] – FREE museums on FIRST SUNDAY of the month!

Throughout the year in 🇨🇭 Geneva and Nyon, from September ⇒ May in 🇫🇷 Cluses, and from October ⇒ May in 🇫🇷 Annecy, several 🖼 museums & temporary exhibitions are FREE on the 🗓 FIRST Sunday of the month!

In addition, the museums often put on some 🎨 wonderful workshops & guided tours for children and families (also FREE) on this day.

The next FREE Sunday will be this 🗓 Sunday 4th December 2022, and there are some superb exhibitions on offer!


🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE FREE first Sunday of the month

Cluses FREE first Sunday of the month

From 🗓 September ⇒ May, on the first Sunday of the month, it is FREE to visit:

Musée de l’Horlogerie et du Décolletage

This museum, dedicated to telling 🕰 the industrial and social history of the area, is located in the Espace Carpano & Pons, the old industrial site next to the river. You’ll learn the story of the 🕰 watchmakers of the XVIIIth century, through to the emergence of décolletage during the industrial revolution / there are regular guided visits, films and workshops / 🗺 jeu de piste for families: « Drame au Musée » / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: 14h to 18h;

temporary exhibition : Les Pont de Haute-Savoie (until 10th November 2022);

Musée de l’Horlogerie et du Décolletage – les Ponts de Haute-Savoie © montblancfamilyfun.com
website

address: Espace Carpano & Pons, 100 place du 11 Novembre, 74300, Cluses / tel: 04 50 96 43 00;

[ good to know: if you are visiting Cluses and its surrounding mountain villages, Cluses Arve & Montagnes also offers lots of jeux de piste, jeux aventures, parcours d’orientation and geocaching options / MBFF has tried out a few, and we loved them! ]

Annecy’s FREE first Sunday of the month museums

From 🗓 October ⇒ May, on the first Sunday of the month, it is FREE to visit:

  • 🏰 Le Château d’Annecy;
  • 🏰 Le Palais de l’Île;
  • 🎥 Musée du Film d’Animation;

for information about 🖼 temporary exhibitions, see FB page . . .

© Les Musées d’Annecy

🏰 Château d’Annecy  classified as a historical monument since 1959, the Château d’Annecy was once the residence of the counts of Geneva in the 13th and 14th centuries / today, the castle houses temporary exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection of art of cultural importance, and objects associated with Lac d’Annecy / guided visits on Sundays at 15h (when scheduled) / 🎨 also good to know: carnet découverte for children available / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: from 10h to midday and from 14h to 17h 

🎨 ephemeral wall art : Le rêve du chasseur by Kevin Lucbert, ” artiste invité par les Musées d’Annecy à créer un dessin monumental sur un des murs des salles d’archéologie !

© Les Musées d’Annecy
website

address: Place du Château, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 50 33 87 30;
Château d’Annecy © montblancfamilyfun.com

🏰 Palais de l’Île  a building originally from the Middle Ages, classified as a historical monument since 1900, this palais has been a prison, a palais de justice and an administrative centre! / there are sometimes temporary exhibitions here / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: from 10h to midday and from 14h to 17h;

website

address: 3 passage de l'Ile, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 56 49 40 37;
Palais de l’Ile © Ville d’Annecy

🎥 Musée du Film d’Animation (always free, AND open on Sundays) – located two minutes away from the 🏰 Musée-Château, this museum provides visitors with an introduction to animated cinema / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: from 10h to midday and from 14h to 17h (shut in January);

🖼 current exhibition: 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝗷𝗼𝘂𝘅 𝗲𝘁 𝗹’𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝗲 until December 2022 / ” L’histoire du film d’animation mêle constamment une dimension artistique à une dimension technique. L’animographe, étonnante « machine à créer le mouvement » de Jean Dejoux (1922-2015) ne déroge pas à la règle. ” / more information here;

website

address: ancienne chapelle du Conservatoire d'Art et d'Histoire, 18 avenue du Trésum, 74000, Annecy / tel: 04 50 33 87 30;
© Ville d’Annecy

🌎 La Turbine in Cran-Gévrier (Annecy) – La TurbineLe Centre de Culture Scientifique Technique et Industrielle de Haute-Savoie – is an innovative pedagogic centre equipped for families to learn about science in an interactive way. There are regular 🖼 exhibitions, events and workshops for children of different ages, so do check the website for current ones! / 🗓 opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h / price: adults 5,50€, children 3€ (and +65 ans), FREE for children under 6 years and family price 14€ ; / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: 14h to 18h;

website

address: place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier, 74960, Annecy / tel: 04 50 08 17 00;
© La Turbine

🖼 current exhibitions :

  • « Tous sportifs ! La science occupe le terrain » (7+ years) until September 2023 / ” Participez à une grande épreuve sportive et ludique : un décathlon réinventé ! La science peut nous aider à améliorer nos performances et inversement le sport est un terrain favorable aux expériences scientifiques. Cette exposition met en avant le sport pour tous, entre performances et valeurs humaines. Alors, prêts à tester un décathlon ? Les différentes étapes ont lieu en même temps et vous participez tour à tour aux 10 épreuves. Vous expérimentez, tout en vous amusant, et glanez des informations sur la physiologie, la biologie, la physique, l’histoire ou encore la mécanique du sport. Un excellent moyen de faire le pont entre le sport, la science et la société !
© La Turbine
  • « Bouge ton corps » (for 3 to 6 year olds) until September 2023 / ” L’enfant a-t-il conscience de son corps ? De ses potentialités ? De ses capacités ?Nul doute que les aventures ludiques proposées par ce village aux mille couleurs donnent aux bambins une irrépressible envie de bouger leur corps ! Au détour des rues, des places et des maisons, l’enfant va pouvoir faire connaissance et prendre conscience de son corps. Venez explorer en famille ce parcours constitué de différentes expériences interactives autour de la mobilité, du corps et du jeu. ” / ➡️ reservations;

🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND FREE first Sunday of the month

Geneva’s FREE first Sunday of the month 

Some 🖼 museums – including their temporary exhibitions – are 🗓 FREE on each first Sunday of the month in Geneva! / see here for more details about this fantastic initiative!

NB – this initiative does not apply to private collections! ]

Here – below – is a brief description of 🖼 some of the museums in Geneva participating in this initiative – and their current or upcoming temporary exhibitions – that the MBFF family has visited (and enjoyed!):

Muséum Genève (Natural History Museum)

This wonderful museum has been a favourite of ours since our boys were small! / 🎨 good to know: there are also workshops on offer on Wednesdays and Saturdays, running alongside exhibitions / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: 10h to 17h;

[ see MBFF article for more details about the 🐯 Natural History Museum ]

website

address: 1 route de Malagnou, 1208, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00;
Muséum Genève (Natural History Museum) Geneva © montblancfamilyfun.com

This museum is FREE to visit, but the temporary exhibitions are paying – these are FREE on the first Sunday of the month !

🖼 current temporary exhibition : « Tout contre la Terre » ⇒ 25th June 2023 / ” une exposition qui aborde, sous l’angle des émotions, le dérèglement climatique et l’érosion de la biodiversité. ” / more information here;

« Tout contre la Terre » © Muséum Genève

🖼 temporary exhibition: 🐘 Miss Djeck raconte Trésors in conjunction with the MEG, and as part of the Trésors exhibition on the 3rd floor . . .

🖼 current artist in residence: Bernard Garo . . .

© Muséum Genève
© Muséum Genève
Musée d’Histoire des Sciences (Geneva)

This museum is located within the 🌳 Parc du Perle du Lac, next to Lac Léman, and opposite the Botanical Gardens; it occupies the beautiful 🏛 Neo-Classical Villa Bartholoni (from the 1830s), and hosts a collection of 🔬 scientific apparatus belonging to scientists and researchers from the 17th to 19th centuries / 🗓 opening hours Sunday: 10h to 17h;

good to know: ask for the 🗺 orienteering parcours leaflet for the park at the reception, and go explore! / also good to know: every two years, La Nuit de la Science takes place here;

website

address: Parc de La Perle du Lac, 128 rue de Lausanne 1202, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: 41 22 418 50 60;
© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences

🖼 current temporary exhbition: « La montagne, laboratoire des savants » ⇒ 26th  February 2023;

© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences
MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève)

The MEG is one of our favourite museums in Geneva . . . it is innovative and puts on fabulous temporary exhibitions, with accompanying workshops for families that are often inter-generational / 🖼 the permanent exhibition at the MEG (always free to visit) is Les archives de la diversité humaine – here you will find more than a thousand objects from different world cultures / 🗓 opening hours Sunday: 11h to 18h;

© MEG

good to know: on the first Sunday of the month there are also lots of wonderful workshops on offer too / the MEG has a fabulous 🎨 children’s pack available for its temporary exhibitions, so be sure to ask about this at the entrance;

[ for more information about the MEG, see separate MBFF article here ]

address: boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67,1205, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)22 418 45 50;
© MEG

🖼 current exhibition: « Helvécia. Une histoire coloniale oubliée » until 8th January 2023 / MEG website information;

NEW glass carving by Maōri artist George Nuku:

© MEG

The MEG also has 🌈 a fabulous playground next door . . .

. . . and an American-style donut shop around the corner: 🍩 Loops & Coffee (address: boulevard Carl-Vogt 71, Geneva) . . .

MAMCO (modern and contemporary art museum in Geneva)

The 🖼 modern and contemporary art museum in Geneva is fabulous to visit en famille ! The 🖼 temporary exhibitions change regularly, so do check website agenda! / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: 12h to 18h;

website

address: 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Genève / tel: +41 22 320 61 22;
MAH (Le Musée d’Art et d’Histoire)

The 🖼 MAH‘s permanent exhibition is always FREE. . . housed in a magnificent building, it has a great play area for children next to the café-restaurant . . . / 🗓 opening hours on Sunday: 11h to 18h;

[ see MBFF article for more information here ]

website

address: MAH, rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206, Geneva;

🖼 current temporary exhibitions:

Musée Rath (Geneva)

The 🖼 Musée Rath hosts the MAH‘s larger temporary exhibitions. Located next to the Grand Théâtre and the Conservatoire de musique on la Place de Neuve, the 🏛 Musée Rath is a protected building since 1921. Open to the public in 1826, thanks to the generosity of the Rath sisters, it was the first museum of fine art in Switzerland,  « un temple des muses » / MBFF once saw a fabulous Hodler exhibition here! / 🗓 opening hours: 11h to 18h

🖼 current temporary exhibition:

website

address: place Neuve, 1204, Geneve / tel: +41 (0)22 418 33 40; 
Musée Ariana (Musée Suisse de la Céramique et du Verre)

The 🏺 Musée Ariana is located near the UN and the Red Cross Museum in Geneva / 🏛 history of the museum: the palatial neo-Classic, neo-Baroque building which houses the Musée Ariana was built at the end of the 19th century by generous collector Gustave Revilliod, always with the intention of it becoming a museum; he chose the name Ariana in honor of his mother, from whom he had inherited his fortune / there is a beautiful park to explore outside / 🗓 opening hours Sunday: 10h to 18h / 🗓 good to know: it is worth exploring the gardens outside, with with some 🌸 Asian cherry blossom; see here;

🎨  for children/families:

  • 🌈 Coin Enfants – a space for children to draw and discover books associated with the museum’s collection;
  • 📱 Geologex – a treasure hunt on your Smartphone;
  • 📱 Pyrim de Cobalt: un mystère à l’Ariana – another treasure hunt on your Smartphone!
  • 🎨 for more information about workshops and services for families & children, see here;
website

address: avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève / tel: +41 22 418 54 54;

🖼 current temporary exhibitions: see here;

© Musée Ariana
© Musée Ariana
Quartier Libre SIG  – Pont de la Machine

There are regular 🖼 temporary exhibitions at this super little exhibition space on Pont de la Machine, a tiny islet on the Rhône and next to Lac Léman . . .

website & FB page

address: Quartier Libre SIG - Pont de la Machine, 1204, Genève;
© Quartier Libre SIG

Nyon’s FREE first Sunday of the month

[ good to know: in nearby Lausanne, many of the museums are FREE on the first Saturday of the month (just to confuse matters!); see here for a list of museums in Lausanne ]

In Nyon, 🎫 a combined ticket covers entrance to all 3 museums in the town (and all three are FREE on the first Sunday of the month!), valid 12 months:

© Les Amis des Musées de Nyon
Nyon’s Musée du Léman & Aquarium

The 🐟 Musée du Léman & Aquarium is a museum dedicated to the 💦 history of Lac Léman and 🐟 an aquarium too! / 🐠 new permanent exhibition: « Petite Nature? » (36 questions to decode the the secrets of the lake!) / 🗓 opening hours Sunday: 10h to 17h (and November to March 14h to 17h);

good to know: 🌈 super playground right next door and picnic spot!;

website

address: quai Louis-Bonnard 8, 1260, Nyon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 316 42 50;

🖼 temporary exhibitions :

Le Musée Romain de Nyon

The foundations of the basilica of the forum were discovered in 1974 and since 1979 the 🏛 Musée Romain has been here, within the walls, allowing visitors a glimpse into the world of ancient Noviodunum / 🗓 opening hours Sunday: November to March, 14h to 17h; April to October, 10h to 17h / good to know: a treasure hunt is available for children!

website

address: rue Maupertuis 9, CH-1260, Nyon / tel: +41 22 316 42 80;
Musée Romain de Nyon © montblancfamilyfun.com
Le Château de Nyon

Originally a maison forte (fortified house) dating from the middle of the 12th century, 🏰 the Château de Nyon was altered in the 16th century by the Bernese. After the Vaud Revolution of 1798, the castle was bought by the City of Nyon, and it therefore contains: courts, assemblies of the municipal council, prisons and, since 1888, the museum. The castle was completely restored between 1999 and 2006, and it holds a large collection of porcelain produced in the 18th century in the famous Nyon factory as well as objects that tell us about Nyon’s 3000 year history. It also offers temporary exhibitions devoted to historical themes or contemporary art;

🖼 current exhibitions: see here;

website

address: Château de Nyon, Place du Château, CH - 1260 Nyon / tel: +41 (0)22 316 42 73;
© Château de Nyon

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