This was supposed to be the big museum visit for our students during our trip to Geneva, but it turned to be just "OK" and nothing more. The small size of the place, the lack of structure in the displays and incomprehensible Swiss notion of banning photography (even without flash) made it mediocre at best.
The websites are great. They give a visitor lots of information about the Reformation, its connections to Geneva, the museum building, Jean Calvin and different Protestant movements in general. Having studied these in advance, I was eager to take my students there for a visit. I left feeling confused as to whether we should just have done some lectures in the school instead.
Located in the middle of the Old Town and with several Calvin-figured signs directing us to the right place, it starts out promising enough. We had ordered free audio guides (which are kind of like big mobile phones you click a code into; the codes next to different items let you know which codes to enter to hear more about them), and knowing the general knowledge of the English language of most Swiss museum guides, I'm glad I did that rather than paying extra for a guide to show us around. Still, we could not always get the audio guides to work properly and I think you need to have quite a disciplined setup if bringing students to the museum: use the tasks found on the websites and get the students to solve them at the site instead of just walking around.
Walking around in the museum is a bit difficult, as there are several floors, stairs and narrow passages in this small house. Potentially, it can be really good to bring a small group here and guide them. The museum is quite biased in their depiction of Calvin, though, and the other displays - which are quite interesting and contain such things as an overview over the world's Protestant movements and their prominent figures - don't seem connected to the rest of the exhibition. All in all you need to have a good overview of Protestant history already, and study the exhibit carefully, if you're going to gain anything from it.
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