The Guide
31 March 2023

The Patek Philippe Museum

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© Musée Patek Philippe

A fascinating dive into the world of luxury watchmaking.

Discover the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, an emblematic place dedicated to the art of watchmaking and the history of the prestigious Swiss brand. A fascinating world of rare watches, automatons and masterpieces of goldsmith’s art. Let yourself be amazed by the richness of the collections and the exceptional watchmaking know-how.

From March 27 to April 2, the Watches And Wonders exhibition is being held in Geneva. This is an opportunity to discover the jewel of Swiss watchmaking and beautiful international brands that organize visits open to the general public at the show but also in town. Register today for a guided tour of the Patek Philippe Museum, a must-see for watchmaking and history enthusiasts. Founded in 2001 by the Stern family, owners of the prestigious Patek Philippe watch brand, the museum traces the history of this emblematic company, as well as the evolution of Swiss and European watchmaking since the 16th century.

The museum is spread over several floors, offering visitors an immersive experience in the world of luxury watches. Here is a glimpse of what you can discover during your visit to the Patek Philippe Museum.

Second floor: The Antique Collection from the 16th to the early 19th century © Patek Philippe Museum

The Antique Collection

The second floor is dedicated to the history of European watchmaking from the 16th to the 19th century. You will discover rare and precious pieces, pocket watches, clocks and automatons that testify to the evolution of watchmaking techniques and artistic styles of the time. Among the objects on display are masterpieces by Breguet, Jacquet-Droz and Le Roy.

The Patek Philippe Collection

The Patek Philippe Collection traces the history of the brand since its creation in 1839 by Antoine Norbert de Patek and Jean-Adrien Philippe. You will discover emblematic pieces, from pocket watches to the most modern timepieces. The pieces on display highlight the expertise, innovation and excellence that have characterized the company for nearly two centuries.

Among the treasures of the collection are the Calibre 89, the most complicated pocket watch ever made with 33 complications, and the Sky Moon Tourbillon, a double-sided wristwatch with 12 complications.

The first Swiss wristwatch, 1868 ⎸ The first wristwatch with perpetual calendar, 1898 © Patek Philippe Museum

The library

The Patek Philippe Museum library contains more than 8,000 books, catalogs, and archival documents on watchmaking and the decorative arts. It is an invaluable resource for researchers, students and watch enthusiasts.

Temporary exhibitions

The Patek Philippe Museum regularly organizes temporary exhibitions that highlight particular aspects of watchmaking, the decorative arts, or the history of the brand.

A visit to the Patek Philippe Museum is a unique experience that allows you to admire at close quarters watches and objets d’art of rare beauty, to understand the evolution of watchmaking techniques and to discover the fascinating history of a brand that embodies Swiss excellence in luxury watchmaking.

Whether you are a watchmaking enthusiast, a history buff or simply curious, the Patek Philippe Museum will seduce you with its rich collections and elegant presentation. In addition, the museum offers guided tours and educational workshops for schools, groups and families, providing an interactive and educational approach to the world of watchmaking.

Patek Philippe Historical Archives and Library © Patek Philippe Museum

The museum store

After exploring the museum’s collections, be sure to stop by the boutique. Here you will find souvenirs, watch-related publications and exclusive Patek Philippe brand items such as pens, key rings and leather goods.

In conclusion, the Patek Philippe Museum offers an enriching and unforgettable cultural experience for watchmaking and history lovers. Its impressive collection and captivating temporary exhibitions will take you on a journey through the centuries and give you a better understanding of the fascinating world of luxury watchmaking. Don’t miss this visit during your stay in Geneva!

Practical information

The Patek Philippe Museum is located at 7, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers in Geneva. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Entrance fees are 15 CHF for adults, 10 CHF for students and seniors, and admission is free for children under 18.

Patek Philippe Museum
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Geneva
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