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Maison Tavel

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Address: rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
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+41 22 418 37 00
11:00 - 18:00
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This historic building, the foundations of which date back to the 12th...

This historic building, the foundations of which date back to the 12th century, houses a museum that documents the history of the city.

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Excellent museum

Maison Tavel is the oldest house in Geneva and now houses exhibits, artifacts and historical objects which focus on Geneva's city history. The whole museum is curated really... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 January 2017
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Maison Tavel is the oldest house in Geneva and now houses exhibits, artifacts and historical objects which focus on Geneva's city history. The whole museum is curated really well and has some super interesting displays, ranging from urban development to domestic life and trade. The staff are really helpful. We were lucky enough to be met by a lovely gentlemen... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Confession: I have been driving through Geneva for 30 years and assumed it was all a little drab. A flight cancellation imposed a day in Geneva, so we had a closer look. When we entered the museum a very nice lady approached us and suggested she take us to the third floor to look at the model of Geneva of... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you are over 60, take the elevator straight to the top and admire the huge Magnin relief model of Geneva in the 19th Century. Made entirely of zinc and copper it depicts the old city and its fortifications around 1850. Then make your way down the stairs to the lower floors to discover elements of Geneva's past.

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Chrudim, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Maison Tavel is the museum of history of Geneva. It is located in a very old house. In front of the museum is an Old Arsenal (five cannons), so it easy to find this building. In the house there are a lot of little rooms and stairs and it is a little bit like a maze. You can see rooms... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Very interesting museum about Geneva incorporating old furnished apartment, old pictures, relief map of Geneva and many more things

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Visited this lovely museum recently & what most people come for is the large scale model of Geneva looked like in the mid 1850s, but here is much more. The museum also houses what a typical apartment looked like during the 17th & 18th century. The museum is free to visit and is well worth a look.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The highlight of this museum is the enormous scale model of historical fortified Geneva on the top level, which took one man a large part of his life to construct. So head for the top floor first, then work down (which is reverse chronological order).

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Great visit that is completely free and filled with information over 6 different floors. Probably one of the best attractions in Geneva in my opinion. There is a lift that allows for 80-90% access for push-chairs and wheelchairs.

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Treviso, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Maison Tavel has a lot of paintings, helmets, swords, furnitures to show and it is a pleasure for the visitors. Maison Tavel is free for everyone and free entry is very appreciated in Geneve. If the ground floor is quite poor, the first, second and third floors are very interesting and well done. During my visit, I met a guide... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I speak French so all the explanations were easy to read. For non French speakers may be a problem (not sure if the audio guides are in English). Given that, a very interesting place with lots of local history.

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