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MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve, Geneva

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The Musée d'ethnographie de Genève is one of the most important ethnographic museums in Switzerland.HistoryThe MEG, or Geneva Museum of Ethnography, was founded on 25 September 1901, on the initiative of Professor Eugène Pittard (1867-1962), who also held the first Chair of Anthropology at the University of Geneva. It was first housed in Mon Repos villa. Pittard brought together public and private collections, mainly the ethnographic collections of the Archaeology Museum and the Musée Ariana, the holdings of the Evangelical Missionary Society Museum and weapons from the Geneva History Museum.In 1939, the MEG moved into the disused buildings of the Mail primary school in boulevard Carl Vogt. It opened in the new premises on 12 July 1941, sharing the space with the Anthropology Department of the University until 1967. The building was extended in 1949; in 1975 the city bought the Lombard villa in Chêne-Bougeries, which became the Conches annex.Between 1980 and 2001, three proposals to build a new museum in Sturm Square were rejected. The city then envisaged renovating and extending the building on its present site. The City Council unanimously approved the project on 21 March 2007.The MEG’s new pagoda-shaped building was opened on 31 October 2014, after four years of construction work. It was designed by Graber Pulver Architekten AG, with ACAU architecture and town planning, in partnership with the civil engineering firm Weber + Brönnimann EG. The galleries and an auditorium are located in the basement; the cafeteria, museum shop and ticket office are on the ground floor, facing the garden. Upstairs are restoration and cultural outreach workshops, as well as the library, which is named after a generous patron, Marie Madeleine Lancoux. The library includes a small space for listening to music from all over the world. The old building has also been renovated and now houses the offices and ethnomusicology workshops. The three buildings in the ensemble - the old museum, the new MEG and a primary school – enclose a small square planted with trees and flowers. Put MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Geneva trip maker app.
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  • since renovation, we go to every new exhibition. very good museum. they change about twice per year. 
    since renovation, we go to every new exhibition. very good museum. they change about twice per year.  more »
  • Amazing museum, definetly worth it. The photos online do not do it justice, I came with really low expectations but they have a marvelous collection, about every place on Earth is represented by... 
    Amazing museum, definetly worth it. The photos online do not do it justice, I came with really low expectations but they have a marvelous collection, about every place on Earth is represented by...  more »
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  • This Musee showed me lots of traditions in the World. Historically human Art. I got pleasured times there
  • This was an interesting museum about different human cultures. The permanent exhibition showed items from the 5 continents of the world, ranging from religious to more everyday life artifacts. I was not blown away, in contrary to the great reviews, because the information around each piece was quite heavy (available in both French and English). However the items were really beautiful and interesting!

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