Switzerland’s largest natural history museum will have visitors believe they are travelling to several different ecosystems all in one place, thanks to highly immersive dioramas. It’s home many of Louis Jurine’s (one of Switzerland’s most notable entomologist and naturalist) collections, notably the hymenoptera, the coleoptera, and the hemiptera sets. The multi-storey museum has an entire floor dedicated to lifelike stuffed regional fauna, which will undoubtedly have visitors do a double take - noteworthy specimens include polar bears, penguins, and even whales. If taxidermy is not your forte, the superior floors focus on the evolution of mankind and the evolution of astronomy. And although every single item hosted by the museum is fascinating in its own right, the real star of the show is Lucy, a bronze statue of the famous Australopithecus and oldest known human fossil. The earthquake simulator is also a big hit – especially with families.
Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss the moon stones on the top floor. They were gifted to the museum by the NASA!
Natural History Museum of Geneva is located in the Eaux-Vives area on route de Malagnou. It can be reached by public transit as it is located right next to Villeruse station on tram line 12. It is also possible to get there by car; coming in from central Geneva, head towards route de Malagnou, take a left on rue de Villeruse to get to the Villeruse parking lot behind the museum. Rates are CHF 1 per 25 minutes. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, but it is closed on Mondays as well as December 25 and January 1.