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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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  • Tourists are familiar with this Museum, but locals like it also. A concentrate of the history of Geneva, its culture, history and everyday life once. Don't miss the model of the town in the 19th century on the top floor. The exhibitions are always interesting.
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  • 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, the...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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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.