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Maison Tavel, Geneva

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History Museum
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 Tavel House was built in the 12th century. After a great fire, was reconstructed and then, in 1963, the city of Geneva bought it and remade the house into the museum of history of Geneva. We, now,...  more »
  • We stumbled upon it when we left the Saint Pierre Cathedral, so we decided to enter since it was recommended here on TA. The price was good (yay for free museums!) and it's divided in different floors...  more »
  • Your chance to see inside an old genevan house for free. Great little museum, very interesting small museum. Fantastic to get a feel for old Geneva  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.