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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Overview

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is a famous museum, and it is located in the city of Geneva in Switzerland. 

25 years after it first opened, the Museum opened its doors again in 2013, after extensive renovations. It had been shut down for almost two years because of major changes and renovations going on inside. 

There is an exhibition called “The Humanitarian Adventure” and it displays three major problems with three unique spaces. Each of the displays was meticulously designed by a different internationally famous and world renowned architect. The three displays are called Reducing natural risks, Reconstructing family links, and Defending human dignity. They were designed by Shigeru Ban, Diebedo Francis Kere, and Gringo Cardia, respectively. 

Although the museum wants its visitors to be knowledgeable and reflect on what they have learned, it also tries to introduce a new element into the mix: emotion. As they go through the three three thematic areas, museum visitors are invited to take part in an experience that builds awareness before they learn about the informational content that is inside. 

There are 12 witnesses that follow the primary thread of “The Humanitarian Adventure”. They initially welcome in new visitors to a scenographic device and go along with them on their tour of the museum exhibition. The witnesses are in place to remind visitors that human relations are at the center of all humanitarian action.

Controversy Over The Funding 

The museum came under a lot of criticism by major health groups in 2012 because it had partnered with a Japanese tobacco company, which was helping foot the bill for the funding of the renovations. Health groups thought that such a partnership was a fundamental violation of the rules and principles of the movement of the same name (The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement). After looking at the situation, the museum director admitted that he had made a mistake in accepting the money, and he pointed to a lack of vigilance as the cause. The museum has opted to return the money to the company. 

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is an important museum – not because it holds famous works from centuries past or because it has historical records – but because it teaches us about the power of humanitarian service.

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