Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, Geneva

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Learn more about Switzerland and the Swiss in the traditional setting of Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, a quaint museum and château with a restaurant. Explore the museum dedicated to the history of Switzerland, including emigration and the country's impact on the world. Then, if you've worked up an appetite, head to the adjoining restaurant and consider trying the shepherd's pie or the truffles. Don't leave without admiring the grounds, a collection of sweeping green lawns, old trees, and views of the river and lake. Our Geneva online route maker makes visiting Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde and other Geneva attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Curious little museum on a beautiful hill overlooking Lake Geneva. Gives a perspective on the Swiss diaspora — from Pontifical guards to Latin American settlers. Enjoy it on a fall afternoon — the...  more »
  • This museum was boring, not worth your time if you're a tourist. The English guide is a terrible translation, it doesn't even make sense! And it's organized by room name, however the rooms are not...  more »
  • Beautiful park and museum
  • The estate of the Chateau de Penthes that currently houses Le Musee des Suisses Dans le Monde was first mentioned in 1358 when it was a home of the Lords of Visencier. Since then the chateau has been transformed and changed hands numerous times. Among its owners were Francois de Sacconay, Jean-Antoine de Charriere, the lord of Penthaz, hence the current name of the estate, Louis Birkigt, a Genevan industrialist, and Alexandre Sales, Geneva lawyer who in 1761 transformed the chateau into the building of the present look. From 1926 to 1934 the chateau housed Le Pensionnat Beaupre, a branch of an English school for girls - "The Abbey School". "I was a student of the School in 1930-1931. I occupied a large room with three windows. There were 20-25 girls living at the chateau. One was Charlotte Bruhthardt, a niece of the Colonel Jules Respond, Commander of the Guards of the Pope. The facade with a large partly glassed in veranda supported by iron pillars in the style of Second Empire overlooked the park and the lake." - from the Memoires of Mme Antoinette Contat, a former student of the Pansionnat. This romantic mansion-chateau sits in the middle of a large ancient park, called the park of the Empress in honour of Josephina de Beauharnais. There are lots of old oak trees can be found in the park. A rare site in Geneva. One of the curiosities of the hilly park is a stump of a Sequoia wellingtonia planted in 1870 and struck down in the storm on 6 October, 1993. The park is maintained by the gardeners of The Botanical Gardens of Geneva. There is a stylish Swiss gourmet restaurant at the grounds of the estate, in the building before the chateau. The menu is interesting but pricey - main dish is between 35 and 45 Swiss Francs. If you do not want to splash on dining out, you can always have a picnic on the grassy slopes in the park and admire a breathtaking view of the lake and the Mont-Blanc.

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