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Maison Tavel

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Address: rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 22 418 37 00
11:00 - 18:00
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This historic building, the foundations of which date back to the 12th...

This historic building, the foundations of which date back to the 12th century, houses a museum that documents the history of the city.

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Interesting FREE museum

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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, then work down (which is reverse chronological order).

Thank nigel910
Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 push-chairs and wheelchairs.

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Treviso, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maison Tavel has a lot of paintings, helmets, swords, furnitures to show and it is a pleasure for the visitors. Maison Tavel is free for everyone and free entry is very appreciated in Geneve. If the ground floor is quite poor, the first, second and third floors are very interesting and well done. During my visit, I met a guide... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I speak French so all the explanations were easy to read. For non French speakers may be a problem (not sure if the audio guides are in English). Given that, a very interesting place with lots of local history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This place had a lot to offer, and I was pleasantly surprised at a well-rated, free museum. However, all the signs and explanations were in French except for small pamphlets offering diagrams of each floor. I really wished I could have understood more, or even watched the video with subtitles. I had hoped to get more out of this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

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.

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Qaha city,Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

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.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The 'Maison Tavel' is a relatively narrow house in the old own (vieille ville) of Geneva, just next to the display of medieval cannons not far from the landmark cathedral St. Pierre. On the top floor you find a large model of Geneva as it was many centuries ago, with its town walls and streets as they were then and... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Oldest private residence in Geneva, located near the Cathedral in the Old Town. Now the Museum of Urban History & Daily Life. Worth a visit, especially on a wet day. Check out the City's original guillotine!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

This free museum is the oldest medieval house in Geneva It is very interesting to visit especially the 18 room apartment that depicts a wealthy family during the 18th century

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