The Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum reopened in May 2013 after extensive renovations. In August 2013 works were continuing outside, making our Geneva friends wonder if it was indeed open.
The Museum has three parts, each designed by different people and offering different, interactive experiences. The most compelling is the account of "witnesses" - real people who tell visitors their story when we place our hands up to theirs in a holograph. This generates remarkable intimacy and immediacy with people in a variety of tough situations helped by the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Unfortunately during our visit about 1/3 of the electronic bits didn't work, especially in the section on disasters, which is designed by Shiguru Ban, who designed Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral build after the 2011 earthquake. At one point there was a blackout while the museum rebooted its computers. These glitches might be ironed out by now.
Entry fee of CHF15 includes an audioguide. There is limited extra information available about the exhibitions but you can buy a book that explains more. History geeks might find it places too little emphasis on detail.
Free storage (you put in a coin and get it back when you return). Clean toilets. Nespresso coffee (CHF2) but the café seems to have gone.
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