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From Tuesday 30 July 2019
To Sunday 04 August 2019




From 6 February 2019 to 18 August 2019 (Note: they occasionally hold tours in English, check directly with the museum).

“We too are the punishers”.

This short yet powerful sentence forces us to stop and consider our shared responsibility for perpetuating a system that so regularly makes the headlines.

With its bold and unconventional design, the exhibition looks at incarceration from all angles – from imprisonment and exclusion to detention conditions, social reintegration and restorative justice. Each of these equally compelling notions serves as a reminder that incarceration is a complex and multidisciplinary issue.

In addition to exploring the historical, philosophical, anthropological and sociological aspects of incarceration, the exhibition features musical creations, photos, literary excerpts, films and first-hand accounts. In revealing the ambiguous reality of detention, it breaks down stereotypes and raises the possibility of alternatives to a punitive system that dates back to the 18th century.

Produced in partnership with the Musée des Confluences in Lyon and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, Prison delivers a reflection on incarceration that goes beyond the prison walls and highlights the paradoxes of contemporary society.


Opening Hours

From Tuesday to Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m April to October
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November to March

Location Geneva