The Museum Project

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum asks a central question: how does humanitarian action affect us all, here and now? In order to reflect on this question with the visitor, the Museum invites artists and cultural partners to examine the issues, values and current situation of humanitarian action. It thus asserts itself, in an open, agile and warm manner, as a place of memory, creation and debate. Through the production of original artistic content and the development of ambitious partnerships in Switzerland and throughout the world, the museum contributes to the influence of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and of Geneva.

The mission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is to promote understanding of the history, current events and challenges of humanitarian aid by a wide audience in Switzerland and throughout the world, by encouraging contemporary artistic creation and developing innovative content with public and private partners from very different backgrounds and cultures. It thus constitutes and enhances a unique heritage, while stimulating a broad social, cultural and economic ecosystem in which it plays a central role.

As a museum, how can we contribute to the collective effort in times of crisis? What added value can we give to our community?

These questions have shaped all our activities in 2020. We had to review everything in order to stand firm: our budgets, our working methods, our certainties. Our position was clearly stated from the first confinement: we were not going to wait for the crisis to pass. On the contrary, we embraced it fully and sought, as far as possible, to innovate in order to continue our mission. We stood alongside our visitors and provided a caring space for discussion, online and in the museum, about the pandemic.

To find out how the Museum in 2020 has adapted to the context, responded to its audience and invested in its future, read our detailed annual report (in French only).

Humanity. Impartiality. Neutrality. Independence. Voluntariness. Unity. Universality.

The Museum is guided in all its activities by the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It shall refrain from any action or position that is inconsistent with the mission, objects, values and humanitarian ideals of the Movement.