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International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The city that gave birth to the International Red Cross is home to a museum dedicated to its work and humanitarian issues.

Devote a few hours to exploring the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Through interactive displays and installations learn about global humanitarian action and come face to face with people affected by conflicts.

The museum’s permanent exhibition The Humanitarian Adventure is organized into three areas that explore major challenges facing the world today. Go to the Chamber of Witnesses, where you will see life-size projections of people who have experienced war and natural disasters. Touch your palm on theirs to hear their stories. In Defending Human Dignity, observe the massive foot trampling on images of people affected by disasters. This exhibition space also contains the original document of the Geneva Convention of 1864. These are the rules that govern humanitarian treatment during times of war.

Watch the three optical theaters to discover how simple measures can prevent or alleviate the effects of natural disasters. Experience what it’s like to make key decisions during times of floods and earthquakes when you play the interactive game. It stimulates the difficulties of coping with natural disasters.

In Restoring Family Links walk through a room of hanging chains to get to the shelves lined with prisoners of war files from World War I.

To keep up to date with current Red Cross operations, go to the On the Spot exhibit. Find out where in the world they are working by looking at the large moving globe. The screens below it provide lots of information about the humanitarian movement’s activities.

The International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent is approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the city center. There is limited parking in the area, but many visitors come by bus from Geneva’s main train station.

The museum is open every day except Mondays and some major holidays. Admission charges apply, with reductions for children and families. On the first Saturday of every month you can pay what you wish to enter the museum. Temporary exhibitions can sometimes attract a supplementary charge.

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Hotel N'vY ¥18,612
Hotel N'vY

Hotel N'vY

Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Valais, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock are also within 1 mi (2 km). Butini Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

    Nash Suites Hotel ¥10,545
    Nash Suites Hotel

    Nash Suites Hotel

    Avenue Louis Casai 88, Meyrin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balexert and Palexpo. Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 3 mi (5 km). Avanchet Tram Stop is 13 minutes by foot and Blandonnet Tram Stop is 14 minutes.

      9HOTEL PAQUIS ¥14,141
      9HOTEL PAQUIS

      9HOTEL PAQUIS

      31 Rue De Berne, Geneva, GE
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Pâquis-Temple, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Library In English and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hotel Royal ¥14,746
        Hotel Royal

        Hotel Royal

        Rue de Lausanne 41-43, Geneva
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Bourg-de-Four Square and Jet d'Eau Fountain are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

          InterContinental Geneve ¥30,264
          InterContinental Geneve

          InterContinental Geneve

          7-9 Chemin Du Petit Saconnex, Geneva, GE
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre International de Conferences Geneve, Botanical Gardens, and Palexpo. Jet d'Eau Fountain is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away. Nations Tram Stop is 7 minutes by foot and Sismondi Tram Stop is 10 minutes.

            ibis Geneve Centre Nations ¥11,801
            ibis Geneve Centre Nations

            ibis Geneve Centre Nations

            Rue De Grand Pre 33-35, Geneva, GE
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Petit-Saconnex, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre International de Conferences Geneve, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and Flower Clock. United Nations European Headquarters and Saint-Pierre Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km). Poterie Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Servette Tram Stop is 7 minutes.

              Design Hotel F6 ¥11,103
              Design Hotel F6

              Design Hotel F6

              6, rue Ferrier, Geneva, GE
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Valais, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Reformation Wall Monument and United Nations European Headquarters are also within 2 mi (3 km). Butini Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

                Warwick Geneva ¥16,134
                Warwick Geneva

                Warwick Geneva

                14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cornavin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Cité du Temps, and Rousseau Island. Paquis Baths is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 2-minute walk.