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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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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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A GREAT way to learn about Geneva!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Kota Bharu, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Maison Tavel is perhaps the oldest house in Geneva. Built in the 12th century by the Maison family, in 1312 the house was ravaged by a serious fire and reconstructed in 1334, and in 1963 it was purchased by the city of Geneva and converted into a museum showing how a nobleman and his family might have lived 400 years... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Came here while on a walking tour. Very interesting to see how the city expanded over the years. The beautiful 3D map of how the city looked back in the 1850s is said to be 98% to scale! Well worth a quick visit.

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Thatcham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Maison Tavel is a museum dedicated to the history of Geneva located in the oldest building in Geneva, near the Cathedral in the Old Town. The displays are very well spaced out and they avoid the clutter of many other museums. One room, for example, is mainly dedicated to old doors and locks from Geneva buildings. The most impressive part... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Located in one of the oldest house of the historic city center, Maison Tavel hosts the archives of Geneva, videos and photos explaining how the city went thru the times. The museum is an actual house and all on display is how life was 300 years ago. The entrance is free the first Sunday of each month

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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Well, its an old house. You're able to see some old furniture and dishes. You will get an idea how rich people at that time lived. Not really thrilling especially the cellar.

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