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“Historical museum detailing the Reformation”

Musee International de la Reforme
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Ranked #45 of 163 things to do in Geneva
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

An interesting museum to those wishing to learn more about this aspect of Christian history. Many of the exhibits are labelled in French (partly helped by English headsets and the lay out of the museum wasn't very clear.
Had time permitted going on an English guided tour would probably have been more beneficial.

Thank Scot9
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Reviewed October 31, 2017

We arrived very enthusiastic to learn more about Calvin and the birth of the Reformation; we left one hour later very little the wiser.
The museum is a series of small rooms crammed with documents, artefacts and paintings. Each of these items has a description only in French. Yes, we did have English audio guides which gave a very brief commentary which appeared to be unrelated to the section we were visiting.
No coherent narrative linking the rooms or displays. What a missed opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of Geneva in the Reformation.

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Reviewed October 5, 2017

Not the most exciting museum as it is mainly made up of documents, letters, portraits but the free audio guide and plaques provide copious details on the history and founding fathers of Protestantism. During the 500th anniversary they have a replica of the Gutenberg printing press set up and you can print your own page of the Bible to take home. Located in historic old part of town, near St Peter's cathedral.

1  Thank UptownGirl79
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Reviewed September 15, 2017

The MIR (Museum of the Reformation) was founded in 2005. In the 16th century, John Calvin set out to turn Geneva into a model way for living the Christian life. I was quite irritated that the MIR would not allow any photography (even without flash).

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Reviewed August 30, 2017

This is the kind of museum where you learn some history, and the presentation is probably more important than the artifacts. There are some artifacts, but you might see such manuscripts and documents in other museums. The audio-visual presentations are what are most important here, and they are well-done. It is interesting to see how at the end they try to grapple with changing attitudes in and towards religion altogether. The Reformation was significant, and they explain differences between various Christian rites, but I wonder how many Christians today (of which I am not one) really care about the distinctions that people used to kill each other over.

Thank dinj
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