Attractions in Geneva
CERN Universe of Particles
Founded in 1954, CERN is a center for scientific research that began as a collaboration of scientists who wished to study science for its own sake. In 1989, CERN became the birthplace of the Internet when one of its physicists, Tim Berners-Lee, invented the World Wide Web. In 2010, CERN opened its permanent exhibit, Universe of Particles, to the public.
Patek Philippe Museum
Opened in 2001 as a tribute to the art of watchmaking, the Patek Philippe Museum showcases more than 500 years of timepiece history. Located in the Plainpalais area of Geneva, the museum houses a collection that includes the world's first clock.
Installed in 1886 as a hydraulic power safety valve, the original Jet d'Eau only reached a height of 98 feet. As Geneva became a popular tourist destination, the Jet d'Eau began to be recognized for its aesthetic value, and in 1891, it was moved to a more prominent position in Lake Geneva to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation. Today, the Jet d'Eau is an iconic landmark of Geneva and reaches a height of 459 feet.
Natural History Museum
In the same central Geneva location since 1966, the Natural History Museum features more than 86,000 square feet of exhibits that cover a large range of topics, including the history of earth and man, a diorama of the Antarctic, fossils and bones of dinosaurs and mammals and a two-headed turtle named Janus.
A city icon, L'Horloge Fleurie is a flowering plant clock that was created in 1955 to commemorate Geneva's unique heritage. The second largest of its kind in the world, the clock is 16 feet in diameter, has a circumference of 52 feet and is redesigned each season with 6500 different plants.
Listed as a historic monument, the Tavel House was originally constructed in the 14th century and is the oldest private house in Geneva.
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
Opened in 1988, the International Red Cross Museum showcases more than 140 years of Red Cross history and exists as a tribute to Red Cross humanitarian aid and principles.
Founded in 1977, the Barbier-Mueller Museum features an internationally acclaimed primitive artifact collection of more than 7,000 pieces that was begun by Josef Mueller in 1907.