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Maison Tavel

6 rue du Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva 1204, Switzerland (Cité)
+41 22 418 37 00
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Ranked #18 of 72 Attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: A private residence of Tavel family, this building was erected in 1303 and has now become one of the city's newest historic museum. Do not miss there... more »
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Geneva, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Although not on a par with the V and A or the Met for a local museum it was well presented and staffed with enthusiastic and knowledgeable curators. Admission is free

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Free entry is always welcome when touring so this was a nice surprise. The model on the top floor is unbelievable and definitely worth the visit. The audiovisual presentation on the groundfloor gives an excellent and well-presented history of the city.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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143 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The museum is not particularly engaging but if you have time, it's worth a quick look around. There was a part about the development of Geneva, which was probably the most interesting. The rest is pretty boring and the supposed garden isn't worth bothering with.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was my first museum visit in Geneva and was definitely my favourite. It is a fascinating place. It is free to get in but is really worth paying 5CHF for the audio guide. I listened to some of the descriptions several times as I went from room to room. The tour starts with looking up at the mysterious heads... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Okay first, I'm a fan of free, which this museum is. Even if I'd had to shell out a few CHF (Swiss Francs) I'd still think it was cool. You're in an old home with artifacts and vignettes of life in previous eras. You come in on the ground level and as you make your way to the stairs or... More

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Halifax, Canada
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35 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

As you walk through the museum you get glimpses of the "jet d'eau" through the windows of the 3-4 storey building. Nice collection detailing the city's history, but anything out of this world - at least it's free! Note: no storage for bags.

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you ever wanted to see how Geneva looked in medieval times this is the place to go. There is a scale model of the city and it clarifies why the old town is the shape it is and how the Bastions came into existence. The building itself is also worth a look.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Great little museum in the heart of Geneva old town. The exhibits are informative, well laid out and give a great history of Geneva. It's open on Sunday and is free. Enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I only had a short time and this exhibition gave me insight into the history and development of Geneva, and life at the time.

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Schlieren, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

You pass by the Maison Tavel, when doing the mystery tour offered by the local Tourist Office. It is quite interesting, especially in the entrance where there is an introduction of the Formation of Geneva. We had not enough time to look at the rest as thouroughfully as we wanted.

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