Going to the Museum of Ethnography
One of the two most important ethnographic collections in Switzerland!
The Museum of Ethnography (MEG) received the European Museum Award in 2017. The MEG is an architectural symbol in the Plainpalais district as well as a center for sharing and discovering world cultures.
You can easily get to the Museum of Ethnography by bus. Discover all the useful information to organize your visit in all convenience.
Some collections to discover
Its collections can be discovered in magnificent exhibitions, both permanent and temporary. One of the two most important ethnographic collections in Switzerland is on display.
MEG is not limited to exhibitions only. It aims to be a true place of cultural life and exploration with shows, concerts, conferences, film screenings, workshops and guided tours in resonance with the exhibitions of the Museum.
There is also a café, a store, a library, a music room, a pocket cinema and a flowery esplanade.
A little history
At the turn of the century, all of Geneva's public collections were reorganized for the creation of the Museum of Art and History, inaugurated in 1910. It was at this time that the MEG, then called the Musée ethnographique de Mon-Repos, took shape.
In 1910, the entire space returned to ethnography. Eugène Pittard became curator, and obtained the title of director in 1937. Eugène Pittard's dynamism led to a rapid growth of the collections he was responsible for.
Through his insistence, Pittard obtained the move in 1941 of the institution to a larger building, as well as a more suitable one, since it was a former school, on Boulevard Carl-Vogt.