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“maybe worth a visit for westerners”

Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient
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Owner description: An internationally renowned collection of Chinese and Japanese artwork.
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“maybe worth a visit for westerners”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

The collection of this museum main focus on China and Japan. If you have visited the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, you won't be impressed with this museum.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank 龍達魏
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2013

This is the most wonderful collection of Chinese porcelain in a beautiful house in les Tranches area of Geneva. One of our favourite museums.

Visited October 2013
Thank Vict4
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Rome, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
205 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“The jewel of Geneva's museums”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Museum wise, Geneva offers little of international interest. The Musee Baur is an exception. Its Chinese and Japanese collections, beautifully displayed in an elegant 19th century mansion, are world class. Worth visiting again and again.

Visited August 2013
Thank Cloudtail10
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Exquisite collection displayed in an elegant period house”
Reviewed 11 February 2013

Whether or not Far-Eastern art is your special interest, you cannot fail to appreciate the beauty and craftspersonship of the artefacts on display in this museum, the fruits of a fastidious collector, Alfred Baur. Originally a German-Swiss, he made a fortune in Colombo (Sri Lanka), and then created a foundation to allow the wonderful objects that he was able to collect and commission to be on display in a Geneva town house that he acquired for the purpose. His wife came from Geneva, and when they returned to Switzerland, they settled in her home city, which is how these precious objects come to be where they are.

Apparently Alfred Baur began by collecting Japanese items, and later turned to Chinese art objects. For us, this museum provided so much to enjoy and learn about. Beautiful items are displayed with very helpful and informative explanatory boards and labels in French and English. The atmosphere is very calm, and the environment elegant and conducive to enjoying precious objects.

While we were visiting the museum, it had a temporary display on its lower ground floor called 'Jewellery from the Roof of the World – From China to the Caucasus: The Ghysels Collection'.
If you are able to get to the museum before this closes in March, we strongly recommend it — even if, like us, jewellery does not usually particularly appeal to you. We found ourselves strongly drawn to the wonderful precious stones and metals — amber, turquoise, coral, gold and silver, the extraordinary design and craft skills of the jewellers, and, especially, the museum's explanations of the roles that the finished items performed in cultures so far from us, and so very different from our own. This special collection was built up through the passion and perseverance of Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels, who searched in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Northern India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia.

Although this was once a private house, careful forethought has been given to adapting it to enable disabled people to move around comfortably and view everything. My partner, who uses a mobility scooter, found it all quite accessible — it is just a squeeze getting out of the lift on the top floor, but staff helped us. All those whom we spoke to had excellent English and were clearly very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the collection they were caring for. If you are disabled, parking nearby is not easy, but with perseverance it is possible.

A splendid collection for anyone who appreciates beauty and quality, however little one knows about the subject matter.

Visited February 2013
5 Thank Rita D
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Interesting and excellently presented museum.”
Reviewed 21 November 2012

I would recommend this museum. I went with the idea in my mind that i would be thoroughly bored but i was nearby (it's near to the Russian church and the musee modern) and thought i'd give it a go.

The pieces were extremely well presented and printed descriptions all the pieces in each room are available in French, English and Chinese. pieces are placed across many beautiful rooms and several floors, beginning with ceramics and ending in things like ornate swords, traditional belt hangings and related carvings.

Admission was Fr5 for their main exhibit and another Fr5 for the guest display (this time on ornate Peruvian and Guatemalan jewelry) (about £6.50 total)

Visited November 2012
4 Thank Kev B
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