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Martin Bodmer Foundation (Fondation Martin Bodmer)
Martin Bodmer Foundation (Fondation Martin Bodmer)

Martin Bodmer Foundation (Fondation Martin Bodmer) Tours and Tickets

Known to many as the Bodmer Library, the Martin Bodmer Foundation (Fondation Martin Bodmer) outside of Geneva is a library and museum whose permanent collection attempts to retrace the history of civilization through writing. Bodmer established the library in the 1920s and built two neo-Baroque houses in the town of Cologny to house works focused on five pillars of world literature: the Bible, Homer, Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Today, the collection includes more than 160,000 items.

Highlights include a Gutenberg Bible from 1452, a first edition print of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses from 1517, and the oldest surviving Gospel of James, as well as a collection of 22 papyri discovered in Egypt in 1952. Known as the Bodmer Papyri, the latter include segments from the Old and New Testaments, writings of Homer, and pieces of early Christian literature.

Visit for free with the Geneva Pass, which includes admission to over 30 city attractions, such as the towers of St. Peter's Basilica and the Art and History Museum.

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Tues–Sun: 2pm–6pm
Route Martin-Bodmer 19-21, Cologny
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What are Martin Bodmer Foundation (Fondation Martin Bodmer) hours of operation?
Martin Bodmer Foundation (Fondation Martin Bodmer) hours of operation: Tues–Sun: 2pm–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.