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“Informative and fun”

Musee International de la Reforme
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Informative and fun”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

A very creative way to teach about the Reformation. If you have any interest in the history of Christianity, this is worth the visit. A combo ticket also gets you to the top of St. Pierre's Towers along with an Archaeological Site exhibit. Worth the price.

Visited May 2012
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“Stunning in both depth and breadth”
Reviewed May 19, 2012 via mobile

Whether you have a previous interest in the Reformation or not, this museum will either inflame it or begin it. We absolutely loved this museum. A nice variety of exhibits (ie. not just endless walls of paintings or collections of old manuscripts - though they do have both) and does not assume a great deal of previous knowledge of the subject.

Contrary to previous reports, I can report that English translation is now provided (both through headsets and in written handouts that translate a given room's inscriptions).

Highly recommended!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Only go if you speak French and are really interested in Calvinist reformation”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

The entrance fee includes a handset with descriptions of every room, unfortunately it seems that it is just in French and I was not informed of that ahead of time so I didn't get a lot out of the visit. At least they had a bathroom I could use.

Visited April 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Creative displays show an important part of Geneva's history”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

This museum is interesting to those interested in history and religion. The museum can be visited in with a joint ticket to the St. Pierre Cathedral and the archeological site beneath the Cathedral (which includes roman mosaics) for CHF 18.

Creative interactive and audio visual displays have been put together to show how Jean Calvin and other leaders of the Christian Reform helped shape the history of Geneva. I especially liked the small chapel with music from the time of Calvin, and the audio visual presentation in the main room. Downstairs there was a section dedicated to post-Calvin Reform, and I liked a display that showed important historical figures in early protestant Christianity, including the first lesbian protestant couple who worked towards equality for women.

Geneva's history is tightly linked to the Reform, as it was an important hub for protestant Christianity, with Jean Calvin being one of its important leaders. Early protestant Christians came to Geneva from all over Europe to escape persecution in their home countries. The famous Escalade, the battle in which the Genevois fought to keep invading catholic Savoyards out of Geneva ensured Geneva's political and religious freedom. Overall, it was a pretty interesting visit and I would recommend it to all who enjoy learning about the historical roots of a city.

Visited April 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“crammed with interesting info”
Reviewed February 13, 2012

I can see that people who have got strong religious beliefs may find this museum's focus on protestantism a bit specialised, but this museum is after all a musee de la reforme and I found it unbelievably interesting and well presented with friendly staff. The downstairs cartoons used to make comments on protestant beliefs are light-hearted, but you can also really educate yourself by looking at their summaries of all the different sects within protestantism and catholicism. Give yourself at least 2 hours to go round.

Visited August 2011
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