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International Red Cross Museum

Situated in the midst of numerous international organizations that have made the reputation of Geneva, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum presents the work of the world’s first humanitarian organization.

To relieve, assist and protect: such are the aims of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Since it was first set up in Geneva in 1863, the Red Cross has steadily grown throughout the world, giving help to those in greatest need with no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum relates the extraordinary saga of these millions of men and women who have placed themselves in the service of mankind.

An original display of photographs, films, writings and unusual objects provides a fresh look at the evolution of interventions in case of conflicts and natural disasters. Modern audiovisual technology is used to heighten the emotional impact of the exhibition, which leaves no one indifferent. Visitors are not considered as mere spectators of other people's suffering but are encouraged to think and to act. They too can help build a peaceful world in which human dignity is a value cherished by all.

The Today area, inaugurated in 1999, is entirely devoted to the Movement's current work in the field. The main spheres of activity are described by means of five interactive modules that use concrete examples to explain how the Red Cross responds to urgent needs in such areas as disaster relief, the rehabilitation of mine victims and the protection of political prisoners. The modules are places around an inform... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (7)

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Field(s) From Solferino to Guantanamo
7 March to 29 July 2007
From Solferino to Guantanamo, the exhibition queries the longstanding tension between truth and its representation, between player and onlooker, between the contingencies of war and the enduring nature of humanitarian aid, between reality in the “field

Forthcoming exhibitions

Grand Prix of the Catastrophic
from 3 October 2007 to 27 January 2008

Why is it that some disasters generate millions in donations and others don’t? In the past fifty years we have gone from charitable humanitarian work to consumer humanitarianism – a paradigm shift that raises several questions. Generosity is a factor of the disasters themselves and the arrival en masse of NGOs. The result is fierce competition for aid dollars. The huge humanitarian market is laid bare by the camera lens.


Adults: CHF 10.00
Concessions: CHF 5.00 (including School children from 12 to 16 years old, Students, Apprentices, Unemployed workers, Retired people, Red Cross and Red Crescent members, Disabled people)
Groups: accompanying person – entrance free (1 for 10)
Groups (min. 15 adults): CHF 7.00
Accompanying person – entrance free (1 for 15)

Children under 12, Friends of the Museum: Free

Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on 24, 25 and 31 December and on 1 January

Getting there

From Cornavin railway station: 15 minutes
Bus 8 (direction OMS or Appia) – Appia bus stop


Access for disabled visitors

The restaurant is open every day (on Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

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