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Patek Philippe Museum

  • 7 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers Map It
  • Plainpalais

Published 04/14/2015

Fodor's Review

In this breathtaking private collection you'll discover delicate gold watch cases, complicated watch innards, lifelike portrait miniatures, and softly lighted enameled fans, pens, pocket knives, snuffboxes, telescopes, and vanity pistols that shoot singing birds. Most of the objects displayed in this former watchmaking workshop are hundreds of years old; many were created in Geneva by Patek Philippe, one of the city's most venerable watchmaking companies. Meticulously restored workbenches, audiovisual displays, classical music, and a horological library complete the picture; the two-hour guided tour (in English at 2:30 on Saturday) puts it all in context. All signage is in English.

Sight Information

Address:

7 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, Geneva, 1205, Switzerland

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Phone:

022-8070910

Sight Details:

  • 10 SF, tour 15 SF
  • Tues.–Fri. 2–6, Sat. 10–6

Published 04/14/2015

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By Ginn434

Jun 28, 2015

Small and not worth 10 Swiss Franc and racist security guard!

It's 10 Swiss Franc to enter the museum. The museum is very small, there are four floors, two floors of watches and a floor with old wooden machines (it's only one small room) and disappointingly the video in the auditorium is in French. They obviously don't welcome non French speaking visitors as they did not even make an effort to produce the video in English or have English subtitles for the video. And the security guard put it as his first priority

to glare at you (just in case you take one of the watches home!) and ensure you don't do anything silly. He would also look at you intently as you walk out of the museum. I would not recommend Patek Philippe to my friends and families due to the fact that it's a small place, it's definitely not worth paying 10 Swiss France and also the weird feeling like you are being watched when you are in the museum. I understand that the security guard is doing his job though I did not pay 10 Swiss Francs to be glared at. This would be known as discrimination in a different country.

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