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Maison Tavel, Geneva

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Find out more about Geneva's rich history at Maison Tavel. Built in the 12th century by the wealthy Maison family, the house represents one of the oldest in the city and today contains a free museum. Explore the several floors full of displays, artifacts, and other objects relating to the city's history through the years, such as tapestries, traditional furnishings, and kitchen objects. On the first floor, watch the short film that showcases Geneva's development from ancient into modern times, available in English, French, and German. Visit the attic to view the impressive scale model of the city from the late 1800's, when it still boasted walls and fortifications. Plan to visit Maison Tavel during your Geneva vacation using our convenient Geneva vacation trip planner.
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  • The House the old Geneva, renovated and retracing part of the history of this city. A visit interesting and informative.
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  • Maison Tavel is the oldest private residence in the city and now houses the Museum of old Geneva. Inside there are several testimonies of city life for centuries and on one of the floors you can see the furnished rooms of the 17th century. Even the building itself is beautiful and definitely worth a visit, because admission is free.
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  • The House is extremely worthwhile to see. One of the oldest buildings in Geneva. Today, it housed a museum. Among other things, an extensive photo collection of Geneva, a miniature Geneva (model) on the top floor, furnishings, furniture, kitchen, wine cellar. The House is located in the middle of the old place, opposite Parliament Geneva.
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  • We got in here for free (I do not remember if it's free entrance day or they really dont charge). Quite a small museum but very lovely. Loved the part retelling the medieval military culture of Switzerland. Don't miss out the guillotine! Near Maison Tavel (just outside) is an ancient artillery where you can see canyons of different kinds.
  • Great little museum and free entrance! Nice views from the upper floors and wonderful maquette of town in the attic - do not miss!
  • I like Maison Tavel. It is a good spot to find out more about Genevas History! (Entrance is free, closed on Mondays)
  • The museum/house has some nice displays of what the rooms would have looked like centuries ago, and a good amount of information (in English too) in each room. Although not the most exciting or compelling museum to visit here in Geneva, worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.
  • Well, its an old house. You're able to see some old furniture and dishes. You will get an idea how rich people at that time lived. Not really thrilling especially the cellar.