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“Wonderful location, interesting interactive exhibits”

Musee International de la Reforme
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful location, interesting interactive exhibits”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Small, expensive but unique special exhibit. Not sure I would pay as much for regular exhibits, which cover religion, but I like small museums so would probably do so. Fantastic location.

Visited October 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“English is available!”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Many TripAdvisor reviewers have said that the Reformation Museum is all in French. There are shelf units in every room with laminated cards, detailing the collection in English. Read the cards and return them as you leave the room. (This system is in place in most of the museums in Geneva.) The audio guide is also in English -- chose language #3 or ask the staff at the reception desk to set it up for you.

The collection itself is kind of dry and scholarly, but the museum is located in a beautiful old home. The music room, tucked in an out-of-the-way corner, is particularly delightful.

Visited September 2012
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“How do you make the Reformation interesting? Try this!”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

This was a real find, and one that I might very easily have missed if I had let my school memories of studying the Reformation get the better of me. In two hours, I learnt more about the lasting significance of this movement than I would ever have thought possible. Many museums throughout the world could learn lessons from the presentation here, and how to make a very dry subject interesting. Amazing use of holograms to present Martin Luther and John Calvin (the city's most famous resident) in one of two interactive displays helped explain why the Reformation was necessary. The Museum shows the impact the Reformation had on Europe- and upon the world fantastically well- and made me realise that the period had not just religious but social implications right down to the present day. Above all, this museum is a shining example of how history can be presented in a fresh and exciting way- and in a beautiful building as well.

A plea to the Museum; your exhibition of the perfumes of the Bible is FANTASTIC- please please make it a permanent display! People all over the world are wondering what frankinsense and myrrh smelt like- now they can come to Geneva to find out!

Visited August 2012
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52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“What a great surprise!”
Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

What a great surprise!

We went for one of the special/seasonal displays (biblical scents - which was great, btw) and were stoked to find a really amazing museum. It is a great mix of different levels of church history at varying depths, from introductory Calvinism and Protestantism to music from the reformation, to Calvins contemporaries, and a brilliant section in their basement (new, I believe) on the shape of modern-day Christianity. A free audio-guide is provided in whichever language you nominate and there are great audio led presentations, quite unique. There are different kinds of displays, both high-tech and low-tech; visual, audio and interactive. The staff were very helpful and obliging and happy for us to store our backpacks loose in their locker-rooms while we went over to the cathderal. We were even given a free book (in english) for completing a feedback form. A really well laid-out museum, really interesting church history, highly recommended!

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Massachusetts, USA
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105 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Incredibly well done”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

The museum and the exhibits are well worth a visit if you are at all interested in history or religion. They've done an incredible job of making the material interactive and the museum itself is lovely (originally a wealthy merchant's home).

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Ladythrowback
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