Geneva, home of the Red Cross, has the only museum dedicated to the work of founder Henry Dunant. Located opposite the Palais des Nations, it was inaugurated in 1988 and completely transformed in 2013. Breaking with the traditional museum, the new layout of the site is designed to introduce visitors to contemporary humanitarian action. Everything in the museum is experienced first, then described and explained in such a way that the major issues regarding actions of solidarity are understood. Three thematic areas were designed by internationally renowned architects from different cultural backgrounds : ‘Defending human dignity' (Gringo Cardia, Brazil), ‘Reconstructing the family link' (Diébédo Francis Kéré, Burkina Faso), and ‘Ending fate ‘(Shigeru Ban, Japan). In ‘Focus Today', a large globe displays areas where interventions are currently taking place. The International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, whose architecture alternates beautifully between transparency and opacity, is nestled at the foot of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a building constructed between 1873 and 1876 by Charles Boissonnas.
International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
17, avenue de la Paix
+41 (0)22 748 95 11