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Maison Tavel

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Address: rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 22 418 37 00
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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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To understand Geneva town and history

The 'Maison Tavel' is a relatively narrow house in the old own (vieille ville) of Geneva, just next to the display of medieval cannons not far from the landmark cathedral St... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The 'Maison Tavel' is a relatively narrow house in the old own (vieille ville) of Geneva, just next to the display of medieval cannons not far from the landmark cathedral St. Pierre. On the top floor you find a large model of Geneva as it was many centuries ago, with its town walls and streets as they were then and... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Oldest private residence in Geneva, located near the Cathedral in the Old Town. Now the Museum of Urban History & Daily Life. Worth a visit, especially on a wet day. Check out the City's original guillotine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This free museum is the oldest medieval house in Geneva It is very interesting to visit especially the 18 room apartment that depicts a wealthy family during the 18th century

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maison Tavel is a museum within the Old City, a historical building dedicated to the history of the city of Geneva. On the top floor is a impressive model of Geneva from the 1850s. A nice museum!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see if you're interested about the history of Geneva. It is in a fabulous old house, so that alone should be a huge draw. The information is clear and well laid out, and it's free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This museum was a wonderful way to learn about Geneva. It's free, but it's worth the CHF 5 to get the audio guide. If you go to only one museum in Geneva, this is the one to go to because you really get a feel for the history of the city. The museum is set in the oldest residence in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Loved the large models of Geneva depicting the city before the city walls was demolished in the middle of the 18-century

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Maison Tavel offers an interactive map of Geneva on the first floor which details the history of the city. On the top floor there's a huge 3D model of the city before its final transformation in the nineteenth century into the city we experience today. The model was made in the 19C for Expo. The upper level also offers digitized... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Free museum to know all about Geneva, from start till now. Check out the interactive display/video regarding the town's history from its infancy. Definitely a starting point for all your travels in Geneva.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

This was a really interesting museum and provided a great way to see what life was like in Geneva hundreds of years ago. Perfect for a rainy day.

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