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Maison Tavel

Address: 6 rue du Puits-St-Pierre, Geneva 1204, Switzerland (Cité)
Phone Number: +41 22 418 37 00
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Ranked #17 of 124 things to do in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: This historic building, the foundations of which date back to the 12th century, houses a museum...
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Type: History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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508 reviews 508 reviews
196 attraction reviews
361 helpful votes 361 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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