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Maison Tavel

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Address: rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
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+41 22 418 37 00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 18:00

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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A must stop in Geneva discovery

We always stop by Maison Tavel when we are having guests, it has an amazing visual presentation making to present Geneva and it's available in many languages It has many other... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We always stop by Maison Tavel when we are having guests, it has an amazing visual presentation making to present Geneva and it's available in many languages It has many other floors to visit but we're like the last one with the minuature of Geneva

Thank tufitri
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The oldest house in Geneva which is now a friendly museum. Lots of history. Not much information in English so research first and enjoy!

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Fountain Valley, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good place to visit. To see how they live back in the days. Floor is creaking to show how old this place is

Thank psbus
Geneva, Switzerland
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

The oldest house of Ge that has been wonderfully restaured and tranformed in a very interesting museum.

Thank di Crollalanza S
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

When in Geneva, take every advantage of experiences without obscenely high prices. The museum was an old house (I'm assuming with some additions - I was reading French solely through my mediocre Spanish-language lens, so I missed some points), with a period-themed apartment, repurposed basement market, a model of medieval Geneva, and other pieces from the canton. Highly suggest visiting!... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

There is an outstanding audio visual display when you enter that gives you a great overview of the history of Geneva and how it has developed over the years.

Thank JohnH3759
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We visited one Saturday afternoon after spending the morning visiting the shops in the rue du Rhône. Entrance is free and the staff were very friendly; I suggest to take the lift to the top floor where the giant map of Geneva in the nineteenth century is very impressive. We were welcomed by a friendly guide, who guided us through... More 

Thank Whirob
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Maison Tavel is the oldest house in Geneva and now houses exhibits, artifacts and historical objects which focus on Geneva's city history. The whole museum is curated really well and has some super interesting displays, ranging from urban development to domestic life and trade. The staff are really helpful. We were lucky enough to be met by a lovely gentlemen... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

Confession: I have been driving through Geneva for 30 years and assumed it was all a little drab. A flight cancellation imposed a day in Geneva, so we had a closer look. When we entered the museum a very nice lady approached us and suggested she take us to the third floor to look at the model of Geneva of... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you are over 60, take the elevator straight to the top and admire the huge Magnin relief model of Geneva in the 19th Century. Made entirely of zinc and copper it depicts the old city and its fortifications around 1850. Then make your way down the stairs to the lower floors to discover elements of Geneva's past.

Thank Peter K

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