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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 #14 of 64 Attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

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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13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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Geneva, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Always passing by the Maison Tavel, the oldest town in Geneva, when showing around the city to friends or travellers. Even people not interested by history or museums will love seeing the surprise in the attic. If you understand French, ask for the video in the attic, it's very interesting. Museum is free and opened on Sundays.

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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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Durban
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14 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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149 attraction reviews
332 helpful votes 332 helpful votes
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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