Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art
The Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art features an impressive collection of 9,000 art objects from China and Japan. The museum hosts two permanent galleries—with work from imperial China and Edo period Japan—and one temporary exhibition. Beyond the well-curated collection, visitors enjoy the Zen Buddhism-influenced Japanese garden.
Geneva's Museum of Far Eastern Art (Musée des arts d'Extrême-Orient) hosts one of the most exquisite Eastern art collections in Europe, displaying such stylistically diverse works as samurai swords, jade carvings, and porcelain wares. This private collection is organized by country and housed in a stately Geneva manor home. Visitors can tour the museum independently or choose to purchase a Geneva Pass, which includes museum entry and free public transit.
Things to know before you go
- Check the calendar before you arrive, since the museum hosts special events, including tea tastings, concerts, and workshops.
- The museum is covered by the Geneva Pass, so pass holders get free entry.
- Admission to the museum is free for children under age 16.
- The museum has elevator access to all floors and is wheelchair accessible.
- No photography is allowed in the museum.
How to get there
The centrally located Baur Foundation, at 8 Rue Munier-Romilly, is easy to access with Geneva's clean and efficient public transportation system. You can take the bus or the tram. Hop on tram line 12 to Terrassière Station, or take bus line 8 to the Rive stop, or line 5 to Palais Eynard.
When to get there
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and closed on Mondays. Opening hours are from 2pm to 6pm, with late hours—until 8pm—on Wednesday evenings, when public guided tours are offered. Arts enthusiasts should plan to visit for a porcelain painting or origami workshop, and foodies should try a tea tasting. To attend a special event, check the calendar before you arrive.
Visiting Geneva's Art and History Museum
To get the most out of your afternoon exploring museums, plan to visit Geneva's Art and History Museum—located just four short blocks away from the Museum of Far Eastern Art. This encyclopedic museum showcases works from around the world, from Egyptian antiquities to modernist paintings. To visit, walk four blocks north, on Rue Charles-Galland.
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