Ethnographic museum of the city of Geneva

The Archives of Human Diversity

The Ethnographic museum of the city of Geneva (MEG) houses some 80,000 objects and 300,000 books, graphics, films and audio documents, representing one of the largest ethnological collections in Switzerland. The substantial stock of components, a collection of several centuries of collector‘s activities, is divided into five geographic departments: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. A highly renowned department for music ethnology is there as well.

The permanent exhibition, located in a new annex building, received REIER-made equipment. Besides the numerous colour-coded large display cases, representing the five continents, a 15m-long central display case table with Corian cladding houses an impressive assortment of selected exhibits which are perfectly protected by glass hoods. A shielded area of the musical-ethnological department exhibits audio recordings and films.


Ethnographic museum of the city of Geneva

Year of completion



planning, manufacturing, installation


Architect: Atelier Brückner GmbH
Lighting: Atelier Derrer, Zürich


Fotos: Daniel Stauch Photography