Located in the town of Pregny-Chambesy outside of Geneva, Switzerland, the Penthes Castle is a luxurious chateau that is home to two museums: the Museum of the Swiss Abroad and the Geneva Military Museum. The chateau is set in the middle of the hilly Empress’ Park (named in honor of Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon I) and offers excellent views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.
The Museum of the Swiss Abroad is devoted to showing the history of Swiss citizens who have affected the history of other countries, including artists, explorers, bankers, inventors and many others. The collection includes documents such as military patents and letters of dismissal, letters, journals, newspapers, photographs and stamps, as well as books, portrait, sculptures, uniforms, flags, medals and other personal belongings.
The Geneva Military Museum showcases weapons, uniforms and other papers from the Swiss military.
To reach the Chateau de Penthes from the Geneva train station, take TGV bus V in the direction of La Becassiere or TGV bus Z toward Bois-Chatton and get off at the Penthes stop. From the Geneva airport, take TPG bus 28 toward Jardin Botanique to the Appia stop and from there, catch either of the buses mentioned above.
The Museum of the Swiss Abroad is generally open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., although hours may vary by season. The Geneva Military Museum is open in February and March on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.; in April through December, on Wednesday to Friday, 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m. It is closed from late December to late January.