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Chateau de Penthes
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Owner description: The Museum of the Swiss Abroad tell the story of Switzerland... From William Tell into the future... Through all Swiss Expads who got famous or less famouslike Louis Chevrolet, Antoine-Henri Jomini, Jacques Necker...The Museum of the Swiss Abroad at the Domain of Penthes near Geneva tells the story of those Swiss who ventured into the wider world, sometimes returning to the motherland and sometimes settling forever in their new homelands. From the Swiss of the Vatican to those linked to the King Fance, it is the "Swiss Made" notion or theme that the museum explores via the destinies of famous and less well-known figures alike, including Albert Gallatin, Minister of the Treasury to the United States, Louis Chevrolet, inventor of the automobile of the same name and the author Germaine de Stael.
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Good food, decent service, nice outdoor atmosphere, good wine list. The truffle brushed menu items (shepherds pie) were wonderful.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A lovely little château with a stunning view and nice gardens for walking about. Not a place for young kids, who will get bored. Excellent conference setting for small groups and decent food in adjoining restaurant.

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

A great little quiet museum in Geneva. Beautiful view of the lake and a magnificent park. Nice place for lunch. Definitely worth checking out.

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

The park of the Chateau is magnificent going down in the direction of the lake. The chateau has an important history. Im not sure is the museum is still active.

Thank PhilippeDiwata
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anszu, Directeur général at Chateau de Penthes, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2014

Good afternoon,
the Museum of the Swiss abroad is active for forty years. At the moment, there is an exhibition about Peter Knapp a Swiss photographer who had been the art director of ELLE magazine.
The next exhibition will be about the bicentanery of the diplomatic relationship between Switzerland and Russia. Russian artists and paintors will be showed at the museum.
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

MUSEUM OF THE SWISS ABROAD – CHATEAU DE PENTHES
It is located in a 19th century chateau that was converted in to a museum only in the 1970s. It covers the military service of Swiss nationals abroad – said to be the first globalised business on Earth. To stay independent of powerful neighbouring countries, the Swiss offered entire regiments to the royal courts of Europe. They not only took care of the security of the monarchs, but also participated in those countries’ battles. That allowed them to amass much wealth and, in some cases, to maintain lavish life-styles. One painting shows a Swiss officer in an ostentatious Chinese dress.
The museum has a range of original memorabilia – paintings, crockery, etchings of battle scenes, Swiss soldiers in the uniforms of their adopted countries, portrait of an officer of the regiment of the Swiss Guards, richly engraved ceremonial armour, an inlaid table with the arms of a ruling family, and even an enameled snuff box said to have been presented by Tsar Alexander I.
An embossed metal plate features the granite sculpture of the dying lion in Lucerne – a monument to the Swiss Guards who died defending the Tuileries palace in Paris against the revolutionaries, even though the king had left.
Similarly, about 14,000 Swiss troops served with Napoleon’s Grande Armee in Russia, and fought heroically to facilitate its withdrawal in 1812. Also on display is a halberd, the preferred weapon of the Swiss foot soldiers. It was noted for its “hook to unseat a horseman, a point to pierce him, and an axe to hit him” – actually to finish him off.
A video programme shows the Vatican’s Swiss Guards, in charge of the Pope’s personal security. Actually, their role today is mainly ceremonial.

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anszu, Éditions de Penthes at Chateau de Penthes, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2013

Dear visitor,
Thank you for your comment !
Until the 15th of december 2013, there is René Burri Swiss photographer at the Museum of the Swiss abroad in the exhibition UTOPIA. The museum is not only thematizing the Swiss of yesterday but also the swiss of nowadays.

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