International Red Cross and Red Crescent
International Red Cross and Red Crescent

About the museum

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 our visitors, we invite artists and cultural partners to examine the issues, values and current situation of humanitarian action.

We thus assert ourselves, in an open, agile and warm manner, as a place of memory, creation and debate.

We help bring attention to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the city of Geneva by producing original artistic content and developing ambitious partnerships in Switzerland and throughout the world.

Further details are available in our annual reports:

Executive Management
Pascal Hufschmid, Executive Director
Jonas Chereau, Project Manager

Administration and Finance
Myriam Doré, Director
Tiffany-Jane Madden, Assistant Administration and Finance

Collections and Exhibitions
Elisa Rusca, Director
Marie-Laure Berthier, Production Manager
Marco Domingues, Technician

Audience Development
Carolyn Polhill, Director
Fabienne Mendoza, Manager, Visitor Experience
Cecilia Suarez, Manager, Communication and Digital Content
Annabel Bernardon, Manager, Cultural Engagement
Peace Mury, Store Officer
André Hamelin, Reception Manager
Camille Bovet, Welcome Officer
Marcela Cizmar, Welcome Officer
Rama Dwiyana Putera, Welcome Officer
Patrizia Hilbrown, Welcome Officer
Peace Mury, Welcome Officer
Susanne Staub, Welcome Officer
Barbara Angelini, Volunteer Guide
Patricia Bourceret, Volunteer Guide
Emanuele Ceraso, Volunteer Guide
Mariagrazia Gisella Cicciu, Volunteer Guide
Maria Contreras Gutiérrez, Volunteer Guide
Cécile Crassier-Mokdad, Volunteer Guide
Danica Gautier, Volunteer Guide
Nalini Gouri-Burci, Volunteer Guide
Odile Guillaud, Volunteer Guide
Oriana Mazzola, Volunteer Guide
Gail Messenger, Volunteer Guide
Doris Riva, Volunteer Guide
Christine Ruchat, Volunteer Guide
Luz Maria Serrano Estrada, Volunteer Guide
Lisa Widmer, Volunteer Guide
Anita Zwerner, Volunteer Guide

We're proud to have received the following labels in recognition of our commitment to including sexual and gender minorities and to promoting career and employment opportunities.

Isabel Rochat

Representatives of the Swiss Confederation
Ambassador Anna Ifkovits Horner

Representatives of the Canton of Geneva
Beatrice Ferrari
Michaël Flaks

Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Gilles Carbonnier
Robert Mardini

Representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Christopher Rassi

Individual Members
Sandrine Giroud
Loa Haagen Pictet
Catherine de Marignac
Luzius Sprüngli
Anne-Marie de Weck

Honorary Chair
Bernard Koechlin

This is a unique opportunity to question today's museum and express your vision of tomorrow's museum. As a thinker, you'll be encouraged to reflect on the challenges facing the Museum, and to challenge those involved with your own critical eye. You'll be given a topic to think about; imagine and develop a project proposal to help the Museum achieve its objectives.

This program, which is open to all disciplines, is aimed at students enrolled in a Master's-level course of study for the entire duration of the program, i.e. for the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters.

Focus area 23-24: Diversity and inclusion
The Museum invests time, resources and energy to be an inclusive company, both in its offer to the public and as an employer. Through the program, the Museum invites you to reflect and debate with it, to initiate a project proposal on the theme of diversity and inclusion.

Young Advisory Board 2023-2024:
Dzidedi AZUMAH
Alessandro BUSSETTI

Period and duration
November 2023 to May 2024

Our story began in 1963 – the 100th anniversary of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – when initial proposals were put forward to establish a Red Cross Museum in Geneva.

Twelve years later, in 1975, ICRC delegate Laurent Marti decided to act, inspired by his time in the field. He wrote to Jean Pictet, the ICRC’s Director-General, setting out his plans for a museum that would trace the major stages of humanitarian history before and after the creation of the Red Cross. His proposal was accepted.

In 1979, an architecture competition was launched to build the Museum close to the ICRC headquarters on the Colline de Pregny in Geneva. The winning design was submitted by Pierre Zoelly, Georges Haefeli and Michel Girardet. The Foundation for the International Red Cross Museum was established in 1981.

The Museum’s first stone was laid on 20 November 1985 at a special ceremony attended by Ursula Furgler, Raisa Gorbachev and Nancy Reagan.

The Museum opened its doors to the public on 29 October 1988. Its founder, Laurent Marti, served as its first director until 1994. He was succeeded by Didier Helg and Christine Müller.

Roger Mayou, appointed as director in 1998, went on to expand the Museum and oversaw a complete overhaul of the site, which reopened on 18 May 2013 after two years of work.

Pascal Hufschmid has served as director of the Museum since 2019.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian organization in the world. It is composed of three independent parts:

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC
  • 191 individual National Societies

It is guided by the Fundamental Principles and united by a central purpose: to help without discrimination those who suffer and thus contribute to peace in the world.

The seven Fundamental Principles are:

  • Humanity
  • Impartiality
  • Neutrality
  • Independence
  • Voluntary service
  • Unity
  • Universality