The Museum in just a few words:

Opened in 1951, the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana was first and foremost a research library that welcomed scholars who wanted to do work on the collection. Even if Martin Bodmer had always had the idea of founding a museum to be able to share with the general public the many treasures he had amassed, it was only in 1999 that steps were finally taken to build a true exhibition venue equal to what one should expect for a visit to the Foundation. In November 2003, the architect Mario Botta inaugurated his architectural masterpiece before a crowd of several thousand.


The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Admission is 15.- CHF; reduced admission is 10.- or free in some cases (see details here). Before your visit, you can take an online look at the galleries with a 360° view of the Museum’s two floors (use either the menu or the cursors). Please note that room temperature is maintained at 18.5°C in order to conserve the items on display, and that an audio guide for our current temporary show is available at the reception desk, or directly and for free on your smartphone here (texts and audio). You can also arrange for a guided tour (with a group or private).



For more of the story (in French):

Historique du Musée et photographies | Mario Botta | Infos pratiques
Exposition permanente | Expositions temporaires