Life in Swiss

International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Location: Avenue de la Paix 17, 1202 Genève

Entrance fee: CHF 15,-

I’ve always been interested in medical things and joined the red cross extracurricular activity when I was in junior high school. Hence, I was excited to visit this museum during my time in Geneva, the ‘home’ of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

After pay for the entrance fee, we’ll get a headphone that will ‘accompany’ us to enjoy the museum. The audio will automatically play once we stand near an object/collection (which is so cool!). The combination of holograms, automatic audio, and other advanced technology mesmerized me inside this museum. I thought that the museum in NY (and the US) might be the most sophisticated museum in the world. Well, Switzerland does (at least this museum).

Here, there are 3 main themes: the history of Red Cross and Red Crescent, family reunion during/after wars, and natural disaster. I was especially touched by the collections in ‘family reunion during/after wars’ room. There were pictures of hundreds of children separated from their parents, letters from soldiers to their families, thousands of cards proving the status of someone during wars (alive, died, etc.). The room was just too emotional for me.

After all, this museum is a must to visit during your trip in Geneva!

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