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Maison Tavel, Geneva

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4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • While in this area, this museum is worth the time. Exhibits are well done in an interesting manner and gives a very good look at life in Geneva in earlier times. 
  • The place is in the mid of the historic area in Geneva. It is well organized and free to enter. It tells you the history of Geneva in a nice manner. 
  • Above all, the visit and free, he should in my opinion 2 to 4 hours for visit, depending on whether you look at documentaries (two) and that one reads or not the rich information panels we were very pleasantly surprised by this visit which we has not only allowed to visit a beautiful ancient building, containing exhibits and reconstructions of parts of lives but also to better understand the history of the city. A documentary screened on a model to the entered of exposure makes it possible to see step by step every year the installation then the expansion of the city, before, become the bastion of Calvinist Protestantism, it closes on it even for several hundred years, to finally metamorphose into what will become the Geneva we visit. An excellent free review right next to the projection can bring beautiful image and know valuable before you proceed further. And there we go again from surprise to surprise, if the first rooms a little fast, seem to us very quickly we realize that there are stairs to cross to visit caves in the attic, through a great cistern rainwater buried dating back to the 17th, a flowering of expo, ranging from the history of the city, that of currency , or to that of the rehabilitation of this very old house with these discoveries, or even that of a model of the city before its modern expansion, allowing to overhang an unlikely city medieval, incredibly dense, as populated in its time it was one of the few refuges for protestants, etc.. Old objects, paintings models old doors or signs, and finally some gorgeous piece of wallpaper restored life populate so a visit that never has the time to become boring, and or you are surprised to say we'll be back, because there's so many things that we have not seen :) Finally we just loved this building that compelled to reach safety cords to the circles of the lounges and rooms to preserve its nice furnishings, flowers in all parts "lives", fresh every week for 30 years, we are told! .. .and of course, absolutely charming hospitality and culture of each Member of staff who was able to guide us, bring us much details and anecdotes whenever that questioned, although it runs every half hour, in the building and the garden. IF the heart tells you so, I invite you to ask what is the very pretty "dressing" in the middle of the silverware :)
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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.
  • 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.
  • Cool but need a little more to entertain...
  • super museum to learn about the history of geneva.
  • A lovely small local history museum in the heart of Geneva's old town. Admission is free so wander in and have a look, even if only to see the magnificent scale model of Genève around 1850 located in the attic. Geneva's guillotine blade - on tour at the moment - can usually be seen on the ground floor.
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