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“International Museum of the Reformation”

Musee International de la Reforme
Ranked #39 of 116 things to do in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

As someone who grew up in the reformed tradition, I enjoyed this museum quite a bit; however, if you don't know anything about the Reformation you might want to read an introduction to it online before coming because there really is no introduction to the topic in the museum and it assumes that you have some understanding of issues surrounding this tumultuous era.

For example, the first room has several early translations of the bible which is fascinating if you know that translating the bible from Latin to the local languages, thereby making it accessible to laypersons, was central to the Reformation movement.

Nevertheless, for such a small museum there is a dense amount of information and it tries to make it accessible. I particularly liked the music room and the "Theological Banquet;" although, I do wish they would run the conversation every quarter hour rather than once an hour.

I found the staff to be friendly and helpful in explaining how to use the audio guide.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed July 13, 2015

This museum is laid out well and has a lot of great information, but if you're interested in this stuff and like to read things at a museum, plan to be there for at least an hour. There is a lot of great material to soak in. My husband and I took our 6 year old and there was enough interesting stuff for a kid that age that we could see what we needed to see, but maybe not all we wanted to see before she got bored.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank jennahh
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Reviewed June 25, 2015

This covers the reformation in detail. I don't believe that the audio guide is necessary. It has quite a bit of valuable information.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Bkbak
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Reviewed June 3, 2015

Maison Tavel is interesting because it is built with slates and looks dark grey. It is a reconstitution of a medieval house in the old town of Geneva. Not a long visit but a nice stop when visiting the old town.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Sunyrain
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Reviewed May 24, 2015

Not a museum to take the kids to but a very interesting experience if you'd like to know a little (or a lot) about the Reformation. Very good audio guide, interesting displays and some wonderful photos in the temporary exhibition.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Scott F
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