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Fondation Martin Bodmer (Martin Bodmer Foundation)

  • 19–21 route du Guignard Map It
  • Cologny
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Updated 10/05/2012

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The library that sources this humbling exhibition of original texts—from cuneiform tablets, papyrus scrolls, and parchment to a dizzying array of first editions—maps the history of human thought. Dramatic displays of bas-reliefs and dimly lit Egyptian books of the dead give way to Homer's Iliad; handwritten Gospels according to Matthew and John; exquisite copies of the Koran; a perfectly preserved Gutenberg Bible; Shakespeare (the complete works, published in

1623); an autographed score by Mozart; Oliver Twist; the Communist Manifesto; and Alice in Wonderland. A comprehensive printed guide is available in English. Energetic sightseers can get here on foot; otherwise, take the A bus from Rond-point de Rive and get off at Cologny-Temple. The ride takes 12 minutes.

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19–21 route du Guignard, Cologny, 1223, Switzerland

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  • 15 SF
  • Tues.–Sun. 2–6

Updated 10/05/2012


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