The Humanitarian Adventure

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (IRCM) presents its new permanent exhibition The Humanitarian Adventure. The visitors are invited to discover an exhibition that has been completely reworked by a trio of international architects – Shigeru Ban (Japan), Gringo Cardia (Brazil) and Diébédo Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso) – coordinated by the Swiss architects atelier oï.

a-1-chamber-of-witnesses-micrTwenty-five years after it first opened, the Museum needed to reflect today’s changing world, and particularly the changes affecting humanitarian action. The Humanitarian Adventure is a new permanent exhibition planned around three crucial topics: Defending human dignity, Restoring family links and Reducing natural risks. Released from a perspective primarily guided by history, the new-style museography looks to the future and brings a message of hope.


Two first-class academic partners were chosen to take part in The Humanitarian Adventure: EPFL+ECAL Lab, which designed the immersive installation entitled The Colours of Dignity, and the HEAD – Genève, whose students in cinema made a series of new montages using films from the existing Museum collection.


shigeru-ban-francis-kere-gringo-cardio-musee-geneve-designboom-14This exhibition is full of emotion, discovery and reflection, a unique opportunity to enter into the history of humanitarian action. An interactive chronology unfurls 150 years of humanitarian history, while Current focus enables you to track Red Cross and Red Crescent operations right around the globe.

 The Humanitarian Adventure is incontestable an occasion full of surprises that will give the public an opportunity to discover the Museum’s new look!


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum –

17, Av. de la Paix,

Geneva GE, 1202


Tuesday to Sunday from10am to 6pm – 18 May to 31 October

Tuesday to Sunday from10am to 5pm – 1 November to 31 March

Closedon Monday, 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January


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