Born from the will of Mrs. Nadia Karmous, to propose in Switzerland a space around the muslim culture, the MUCIVI (Museum of the civilization of Islam) allows the cultural pole that is the Chaux-de-Fonds, to welcome a place of exchanges, meetings and discoveries. The exhibition museum traces, in an innovative staging, mixing images, sounds, lighting atmospheres and technological devices, 15 centuries of history of the civilizations of Islam; a movement that leads to the proliferation of practices and questions posed today by a religion practiced by more than a billion and a half individuals around the world.
Opened in 2016, the Mucivi is housed in a listed Art Nouveau building on the main artery of the watchmaking metropolis. The latter also has several renowned cultural institutions whose architecture of streets and buildings has been listed since 2009 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On the facade of the building, five women – allegories from five continents – place the visit under the auspices of the meeting and travel. The Mucivi was realized by a multidisciplinary team of specialists: a long-term project, dating back to the early 2000s, for a unique place in Europe.