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MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature

Grand-Rue 40 | Grand-Rue 40, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
+41 22 310 10 28
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Located on the first floor of the MRL, the audiovisual itinerary enables visitors to trace the life and works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the actual house where he was born on June 28 in 1712. The itinerary subtly synchronizes sound and image and showcases the journey of this famous citizen of Geneva, writer, philosopher of the Enlightenment and musician. Through extracts of his literary and musical works, the audiovisual itinerary brings Rousseau to life and enables the visitor to discover the multiple facets of the author of The Social Contract, The Confessions and The New Heloise.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
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Grand-Rue 40 | Grand-Rue 40, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
Grand-Rue 40 | Grand-Rue 40, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
+41 22 310 10 28
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is a nicely presented story of Rousseau, his life, and work. There are no artifacts to see - it is an audio-visual presentation with different stations. The audio works according to your location in the path of the presentation, but I did find the...More

Thank dinj
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

First of all, you absolutely need the audio guide for the visit. It's quite interesting but could leave you craving for more information. On the positive, it's quite cheap.

Thank Ludo-Owen
Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

This is a very cleverly orchestrated walk through Rousseau's life. Simple, informative, and technologically enhanced experience.

Thank Kimberly V
Reviewed 18 June 2015

There are many ways to enjoy or not enjoy a visit to a museum. I would like to think we all have the patience to examine all documents presented under a glass case, spending hours mentally cataloguing the artifacts shown, only to come up with...More

3  Thank Tremont44113
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Set in the actual birthplace of Jean Jacques Rousseau, this small house museum provides a 25-minute, self-guided, audio-visual tour documenting the life and works of the influential Swiss philosopher. It offers a brief but compelling overview, setting his contributions within the context of his life...More

2  Thank melancholymayhem
Reviewed 2 September 2012

The Espace Rousseau is a museum about the life of Jean Jacques Rousseau, located in the house where he was born in Geneva's Old Town. Many reviews posted here are for the Ile de Rousseau, a small island in Lake Geneva with a park dedicated...More

7  Thank WMUer
Reviewed 20 December 2011

Espace Rousseau in Geneva provides a wonderful opportunity to acquaint one with the not very well-known 18th Century philosopher, writer and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The museum is Rousseau's birthplace, and provides multi-lingual audiovisual guides to better explain the exhibits. Some of his works are also...More

5  Thank admybf
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