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“Very helpful in appreciating the Protestant Reformation”

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“Very helpful in appreciating the Protestant Reformation”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This museum may intrigue only a small percentage of tourists to Geneva, but if you are interested in knowing more about the key players in the Protestant Reformation, the reasons for the Reformation, and how it has influenced the Protestant Church to this day, then by all means visit this museum! The hand-held audio guides enable a person to choose which explanations to listen to, as there is a lot of information to absorb. There are a variety of displays which make the entire museum quite engaging.

The building which houses the museum has a history of it's own (given briefly in the first audio explanation). I'm very glad the museum is in such a "house" instead of a new, modern building which would not capture the historical feel nearly so well.

We do not visit a lot of museums as we travel around, but this is one we are glad we took the time for (2 1/2-3 hours). We are grateful to those who chose to recapture and express the Reformation by establishing this museum. It is well worth the time and money.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Joel L
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“I found it boring and not worth wasting time on”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

I feel that the way the information was presented was really monotonous and boring and I couldn't engage with it. The information presented may have been interesting had it been more engaging. I wouldn't recommend wasting time seeing it.

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“Very informative about the Reformation!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We bought the combo ticket for this museum, the archeological remains of St Pierre, and the climb to the bell tower in the cathedral. This museum was very informative, it talks about the founders of the Reformation and then moves on through modern times. The visit will make you want to learn more about the Reformation in more detail on your own. This is certainly an important part to the history of Protestants.

Visited June 2014
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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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“Informative visit, excelent historical collection of Reformation related Articles”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

My wife and I were delighted to come across this museum when we were in St Pierres Cathedral next door, this museum meant a tour of around 3 hours at our own pace with the help of the English audio guide, we learnt a lot about the Reformation and wee reminded of the historical context to the legacy of our Faith which we hold dear to this day. The opportunity to see some original documents was exciting. Altogether a highly recommended tour.

Visited June 2014
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“Valuable collection, confusing presentation”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Our family was very excited to visit this museum, as the legacy of John Calvin and the Reformation are very dear to us. The museum is located in a lovely building, which was quite stuffy during our visit. The displays are excellent and unique, and the opportunity to see many source documents was thrilling. Make sure to ask the desk person for additional historic insights and tips on visiting, if he does not offer them. The English audioguide is very helpful (even though I prefer to read), as nearly all the exhibits are in French. N.B. Admission is expensive.

The downsides were flow (the sequence of events was not clear) and the feeling, especially by the time one reached the more modern exhibits downstairs, that the curators have a rather low view of Christianity, and an unclear understanding of the purpose and impact of the Reformation on the world.

Visit for the precious and momentous history, not the analysis/commentary.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank John B
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