Maison Tavel
Maison Tavel
4.5
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
The Tavel House museum is ok because it is free so on a rainy or cloudy day it is something to do in Geneva old Town. However I did not find it as must, it is a very old house and honestly none of the exhibitions stuck to my mind. It just displays old things with little connection between each other. You can spend one hour there but for me it was not astonishing.
Written March 8, 2021
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Bill H
Tampa, FL275 contributions
Sep 2021
The museums (at least those we saw) are free in Geneva so we went through this one. It’s a fascinating building (historic house) with some interesting displays showing the area’s history. But if you don’t speak French, you’ll miss out as there are very few English translations.
Written September 4, 2021
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Benee C
9 contributions
Aug 2022
So glad we had time to visit this museum. The audio tour was extremely well done. The layout of the exhibits was very good.
The film that describes the sequence of the city's development was informative and provided great visuals.
Written August 15, 2022
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permia
Ireland40,818 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
In a grandly historic house is contained a comprehensive history of the city mediated through an impressive collection of artefacts.

A great model of the city in previous times is executed in fabulous details. And possible to identify many of the edifices within, particularly places of worship.

An exceptional selection of doors, with exquisite carvings, is amongst the multitude of items. Associated is an assemblage of locks and also elaborate door knockers.

Ancient statuary is impressive, particularly the large scale busts and heads.
Written December 6, 2023
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Kaiser_sd
Washougal, WA23 contributions
Aug 2021
This museum is not too big and gives a history of Geneva. The exhibition is housed in a beautiful Maison Tavel. It doesn't take more than an hour to walk through and its free. It is right next to the John Calvin street. I would definitely visit if its your first time in Geneva. Its free!
Written August 24, 2021
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Po-Kang W
46 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Great museum of a old medieval house. The labyrinth of cellars are impressive, as with the original apartments. The entry is free. But it is hard to find English explanations. Make sure to download the izi.Travel, which gives you a detailed audio tour in English
Written July 17, 2017
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Ann C
Dalton, GA40 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
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 elevators, don't overlook the low, oddly shaped table on the right in the middle of the next room. There are small buttons on the side labeled for 3 (IIRC) different languages. Press English and presentation starts. The table is a relief map of the area and changes through the ages are projected onto it as a the history of the area is discussed. There are fold-up chairs hanging nearby on the wall, and the presentation is long enough that you may want one.

You can get a slim pamphlet in English at the front desk. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the media in the building is in French, but it's nonetheless fascinating. Look for the oil portrait of the bearded lady & be sure to check out the round tower rooms.
Written June 21, 2014
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BreezeRidge3
Scottsdale, AZ508 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We dropped into this "free to the public" attraction after visiting the St. Pierre Cathedral
and although strangely laid out it turned out to be rather entertaining. It has a wonderful display of historical doors and windows and an interesting video display close to the entrance/exit. The rest of the museum is alright but the real star is actually the building.
If you only have an hour and want to see an interesting historical museum then give Maison Tavel a try.
Written January 15, 2019
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maksis
Riga, Latvia177 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
I don’t feel very comfortable to rate this establishment ‘poor’, but this is exactly how I see it. Walking form one room to another and pretending you forgot in which city you’re in, almost nothing tells you – these are Geneva specific artifacts. Piles of pans and cans just lie around. Chairs and tables just evenly distributed through the building. My guess – nothing has been changed here for decades. Maybe museum need to look around how city history is told elsewhere? Interactive, attractive, multilingual, etc. If you have short time in Geneva, I would say – don’t bother. If you must kill time – pop in and decide you agree with me or not.
Written June 29, 2018
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Debby K
Jerusalem, Israel325 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
I noticed that a lot of people gave this site excellent reviews. My reaction was not the same. It is an old house, granted. The model of Geneva and the film that explains the development of the city is interesting. Yes, I saw the big wine cask in the cellar. It's interesting, makes a good photo, but it's really not so special (well, I live in Jerusalem, where we have lots of ancient stuff). If you have lots of time in Geneva, sure, go for it, but I would put the Reformation Museum and the St. Pierre Cathedral's archeological museum way ,way ahead of this one on your list of museums to go to.
Written September 4, 2017
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