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Maison Tavel

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Address: 6 rue du Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 22 418 37 00
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Description: This historic building, the foundations of which date back to the 12th...
This historic building, the foundations of which date back to the 12th century, houses a museum that documents the history of the city.
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See the 3-D movie of the history of Geneva from ancient times!

While this free museum says that it is dedicated to domestic arrangements in medieval Geneva, the show-stoppers for me were the amazing 3-D movie on the first floor (10 minutes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

While this free museum says that it is dedicated to domestic arrangements in medieval Geneva, the show-stoppers for me were the amazing 3-D movie on the first floor (10 minutes available in French, English, or German) and the huge scale model of Geneva in the 1870s up in the attic on the 4th floor. The movie shows Geneva's development from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I've been living here for many months, and I've to confess that I've never visited the maison Tavel before today. Big Mistake. This is a very nice place with a huge amount of information in different languages regarding the history of Geneva. I liked specially the interactive projection showing the changes of the city along the history. In addition, this... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was a typical old town home for a wealthy family. It has been turned into a top-rate museum with varied exhibits from cloth (tapestry) to wall hanging (block-print wall-paper) to pots-and-pans (old). The climb to the attic is well worth the effort.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Most interesting thing was scale model of Geneve, when it still had it walls. Very detailed and beautiful work. Whole building is old part of history and the head statues are really special peace of old decoration.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The maison Tavel is an old house from an old Geneva family, you will find a scale model of the Geneva old and full of thing tracing the history of Geneva

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Great location in the old town-next to the Cathedral with lots of shops and cafés nearby. It's all self-guided, so you can spend a few minutes or a few hours as you wish. Don't miss the projection terrain imaging at the entry area. It shows a 3-D graphical history of the terrain from glacial formation through Roman and mid evil... More 

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I stumbled upon this museum while strolling through Old Town Geneva and had to stop in. First and foremost- its free- which is quite a find in Geneva. You can download their app and listen to the audio tour in a number of languages which made it fantastic for me. I loved the history of Geneva life through the ages... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Go there ! Not sure where to take your mother in law on a Sunday visit...she will be impressed.Take the elevator to the top floor and see the amazing model of Geneva as it was - all protected and ready to fight back yet another attack of the Savoyard. A precious heritage also if you check out the other floors

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The museum is in the beautiful old part of Geneva, and the garden is lovely. The most interesting part of the house for me was seeing the rooms with the old furniture - it was easy to imagine how the houses must have looked. The model of old Geneva on the top floor was also fascinating. It's a very varied... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Free entrance in the heart of the old town - very nice place to discover a bit of the rich Geneva history.

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