Maison Tavel, Geneva

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#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Geneva
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Maison Tavel by using our Geneva holiday builder tool .
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  • This is a nice, free museum to visit for a look at the history of Geneva. The exhibitions are interesting especially the models of the city. The main exhibition information is in French  more »
  • This gourmet is a gold mine for any student of history interested in the city of Geneva. Extremely well presented and particularly didactic, we learn a lot of things in this wonderful Museum located in the heart of the old town. Do not forget to go to the attic on the 3rd floor with a fantastic model of the city in metal (800 Kg!) who asked 16 years of work.
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  • The Tavel House has an interesting display of 14th century artifacts and a 19th century home. The ground floor has a must-see video and graphic display of the history of Geneva. It is extremely well d...  more »
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  • A small local museum. It is free and it has free WiFi as well. Perhaps 3d models with video overlays depicting Geneva evolution over time are the highlights of the place, another interesting piece is the collection of doors and shutters from a few centuries ago
  • On the first level there is a very informative overview of the history of Geneva that cleverly pairs a video on a normal screen with a projected map onto a topographic (3D) model of the region. As the video tells you about different periods in Geneva's history, the projected city map evolves as well. It made the information very understandable and memorable. At the top floor there is an amazing model of the city in 1800's.
  • It was closed. Oldest building in Geneva. Worth it!
  • As for one of the main attractions in Geneva it's pretty boring and not diverse. One star only for the visualization of the Geneva's terrains during all the epochs which was presented downstairs on the ground floor.
  • Interesting museum about the history of Geneva. Free entrance.
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