L'herbier des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques et ses quelque six millions d’échantillons est un des plus importants au monde. Quant au jardin, il abrite de magnifiques collections de plantes vivantes.

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L'herbier des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques et ses quelque six millions d’échantillons est un des plus importants au monde. Quant au jardin, il abrite de magnifiques collections de plantes vivantes.

Site internet des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques

Ouverte en 2009, la Médiathèque du FMAC a pour objectif l’encouragement et la diffusion de l’art vidéo à Genève. Elle réunit le Fonds André Iten, l’une des plus riches et importantes collections vidéo de Suisse, ainsi que la collection vidéo du FMAC.

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Avec une collection riche de 25'000 objets illustrant douze siècles de culture céramique, le Musée Ariana compte parmi les grands musées européens spécialisés dans les arts du feu.

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Les Musées d’art et d’histoire forment le plus grand ensemble muséal de Suisse, avec ses cinq musées et leurs 700'000 objets, sa bibliothèque, son laboratoire de recherche et ses ateliers de restauration.

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Haut lieu de la réflexion sur les sociétés humaines, le Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, dont les bâtiments se trouvent au boulevard Carl-Vogt propose au travers de ses expositions une variété de lectures anthropologiques des phénomènes sociaux et culturels qui traversent le monde actuel.

Site internet du Musée d'ethnographie

Le Musée d’histoire naturelle accueille plus de 250'000 visiteurs chaque année à la découverte des millions de spécimens exceptionnels appartenant au patrimoine naturel qu'il conserve. Unique en son genre en Suisse, le Musée d'histoire des sciences - affilié au Muséum - abrite une collection d'instruments scientifiques anciens issus des cabinets des savants genevois du 17e au 19e siècle.

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Home Exhibitions

The Archives of Human Diversity

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Permanent exhibition

More than 1,000 objects, admirable messengers of the world's cultures, have been carefully selected from the 74,000 that make up the MEG collections to be included in the permanent exhibition.


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Scenographed by the Atelier Brückner in Stuttgart, the exhibition is divided into seven chapters: a historical prologue, followed by a presentation of the collections from the five continents and the ethnomusicological collection.

Permanent exhibition "Archives of Human Diversity". Scenography Atelier Brückner GmbH, Stuttgart. Photo: MEG-Atelier Brückner,Daniel Stauch

The memorial nature of the heritage gathered in this permanent exhibition - complemented by digital information from the eMEG - will speak to every visitor, wherever they come from, reviving a sense of belonging to a territory and an identity. Visitors will be able to come back as long as they wish to immerse themselves in one or other of the world's cultures, not least because admission to the exhibition is free of charge.


Upon arrival, the public is immersed in the origins of Geneva's ethnographic collections. One learns, not without exaltation, that they are the fruit of individual adventures, of the passion and generosity of illustrious characters and others more modest, of encounters with cultures near and far.

Sea, 2014
Video installation by the artist Ange Leccia
Vidéo HD. Acquired by MEG in 2014
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Five continents

Each section has its strong points, its masterpieces, which have enabled us to identify themes specific to each one. Thus the section devoted to Asia takes us from the Bosphorus to an ever more distant East by tackling three major themes: religious iconography, writing and power.

The pictorial art draws a guiding thread along the African route, which is divided into cultural areas. Within these, themes such as the sacred, linked to the cult of ancestors and magical-religious practices, and power emerge.

Within these, themes such as the sacred, linked to ancestor worship and magical-religious practices, and power emerge.

The section dedicated to Oceania, a vast "island continent" of more than ten thousand islands, deals with the relationships and exchanges of Indigenous societies and the journeys of the Europeans who explored this region of the world.

From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, the Americas collection is among the most culturally and chronologically diverse, covering nearly 9,000 years of history. Paying tribute to this wealth, the American journey ranges from the Inuit art of the Far North to South America, through the Amerindian societies of the North American plains and pre-Columbian cultures.

Few ethnographic museums have objects from the European continent in their collections, so much so that exoticism seems to prevail elsewhere. This is not the case, however, with the MEG, whose vocation is the conservation and study of material, cultural and artistic testimonies from all over the world, including Europe. Around everyday objects from rural and alpine society or from the urban world of workers and scholars, universal questions such as life, death, religious or political practices resonate, touching and challenging each and everyone.


Ethnomusicology is not to be outdone, since a section is devoted to it. In this section, two complementary groups interact and respond to each other: the collection of instruments from all over the world and the International Archives of Popular Music (IAPM).

They highlight organological classification (instrument studies) - a field of research in which the MEG has made a major contribution to the development - and field research, from sound recording to the constitution of musical instrument ensembles.