The Museum of the Red Cross in Geneva has re-opened after 20 months of restructuring work

The Museum of the Red Cross in Geneva has re-opened after 20 months of restructuring work

Geneva’s International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum re-opened its doors on 22nd May, after restructuring and refurbishment work lasting nearly two years.

The whole of the exhibition space has been redesigned.
The permanent exhibition called “The Humanitarian Adventure” covers an extra 600 sqm and uses the latest in museographic technology, as the Director Roger Mayou points out.


Geneva, where the Red Cross originated, hosts the only museum dedicated to the work of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross. The museum, which was inaugurated in 1988, now has a completely new look about it.

The museum offers an unusual approach to humanitarian action. It tells the story through a journey that is intentionally full of emotion, but also of discovery and reflection. The new permanent exhibition called “Das humanitäre Abenteuer” (The Humanitarian Adventure) is divided into three separate themed areas, each developed by an internationally known architect from a different cultural background.

The exhibition themes are Defending Human Dignity (Gringo Cardia, Brazil), Restoring Family Links (Diébédo Francis Kéré, Burkina Faso), Reducing Natural Risks (Shigeru Ban, Japan).

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