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“Nice, not amazing”

Musee International de la Reforme
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Ranked #45 of 162 things to do in Geneva
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

It was a nice experience, but not amazing.
The museum is very focused on the Reformation and Protestantism in Geneva and Jean Calvin's role. I missed more information regarding to Martin Luther and historical context.
On the other hand, the museum is very interactive and has not only a nice collection of manuscripts, pictures and presses, but also audios on antique hymns, interesting videos and some "games". Kids will like the "face in hole" wall where they can pose as Jean Calvin.

1  Thank cintiacosta
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

I wanted to see what a museum of reformation would be like. It starts with the history of why the reformation was needed and snippets of info on the key people in written form, on audio and interactive and even cute theatre scenes. Its an unusual mix that could easily be walked past but time spent will be rewarded. Reformation placed the bible as the centre and only authority of the church. The english audio was essential to understanding the french story and move on to the audio timed events of the discussions between the reformers.

For me the real treasures were in the basement so save time and energy to go through the interactive tv details of those who followed. The social impact of the reformed people and the true faith in following Jesus and not any particular theology. The value that came from listening to what the bible taught and changing the world around them.

Its a well packed museum for those who will take the time to discover.

I would have liked a link to the Geneva reformation wall to understand the people involved. Maybe that could have been explained in the St Peters church next door where Calvin preached.

This is not a Calvin museum. I learned a lot.

2  Thank Ruby H
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

This exceptionally well organized museum gives you knowledge of Swiss reformation, background of protestants and map and statistics of different protestant branches in the USA. Loved the audio-visual presentation of the Reform in Switzerland. And the bonus-audio guide in English.

5  Thank Torontonian_26
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

There is a small museum near ST Pierre Cathedral , but with a lot information about reform in Europe .
You can follow the stream by using audio guide and get a lot of information about this juncture of Europe by focusing of Switzerland role.
I found it fantastic.

6  Thank Babak S
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

There is a great deal of information here, largely focused on the portion of the Reformation which took place in and around Geneva and in France. But it largely ignores those portions of the Reformation taking place in Northern Europe and England. The museum would be better titled "Museum of the Reformation in France and Switzerland."

5  Thank BobFran_11
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