There is a little gem of a museum in Geneva, Switzerland that is not very often talked about but really worth mentioning, it’s the MEG – the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève. The new building which was inaugurated in 2014 and designed by Bern based architectural firm Graber Pulver, received the European Museum of the Year award in 2017.
Shaped like a pagoda, the whole concept of the museum is based on public accessibility. With around 80.000 objects and 15.000 pictorial and auditory documents, the collection is one of the largest in Switzerland. Over a thousand objects are exposed in sleek well lit large color-coded glass showcases. In addition, the ethnomusicology department presents musical instruments from different parts of the world and acoustic samples to be listened to by means of headphones.
This amazing time-capsule of humanity is like a 3D encyclopedia inviting the visitor to explore our diversity: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The objects on show are like messages from across the world that convey the world’s cultures.
Curiosities, rarities, ambivalent objects picked up by missionaries, diplomatic gifts, and scientific field research artifacts are all part of the collections.
Once your visit is done, don’t forget to stop by at the modern, airy café for a coffee or a bite to eat. On sunny days, tables are placed on the esplanade at the entrance of the museum and you find yourself enjoying the charming landscaped green oasis facing you.
A lovely way to take a break and discover something new. You also realize how connected we all are.