Maison Tavel
Maison Tavel
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • permia
    63,588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the time
    In a grandly historic house is contained a comprehensive history of the city mediated through an impressive collection of artefacts. A great model of the city in previous times is executed in fabulous details. And possible to identify many of the edifices within, particularly places of worship. An exceptional selection of doors, with exquisite carvings, is amongst the multitude of items. Associated is an assemblage of locks and also elaborate door knockers. Ancient statuary is impressive, particularly the large scale busts and heads.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Steviefull
    Kidderminster, United Kingdom1,945 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All You Need To Know About Geneva
    For nearly 40 years this building which has history dating back 800 years has been the museum of the history of Geneva. Set over six floors with many displays from the huge 3d display of the city to old pieces of furniture throughout the cities history including a guillotine. Well worth a visit, you can breeze through here in an hour if you want to skim over everything or take a few hours and immerse yourself in history.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
  • Kris T
    111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visitworthy house in the middle of the street in Geneva
    I think Tavel house is a must visit when visiting Geneva. It’s a quick way to get an overview of the history of the city, since they have a very well done narrated installation on that. It also houses some very interesting historical pieces such as a guilliotine, apparently one that has been used. The house is from the 11th century and has of course been rebuilt multiple times. The oldest section is the cellar, sadly the lowest level was for some reason not accessible. The higher levels house a lovely display of 17th-19th century domestic furniture etc in a well done display. So overall a variety of items and art well worth seeing.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 20 April 2024
  • Mary M
    Eugene, Oregon80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice for a short visit
    It's an old family home turned into a museum. Some neat items, but what's neater is the house itself. The basement where the rich family did business is impressive. The coin exhibit is in French only. Still cool.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 May 2024
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,673 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
The Tavel House museum is ok because it is free so on a rainy or cloudy day it is something to do in Geneva old Town. However I did not find it as must, it is a very old house and honestly none of the exhibitions stuck to my mind. It just displays old things with little connection between each other. You can spend one hour there but for me it was not astonishing.
Written 8 March 2021
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Bill H
Tampa, FL275 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The museums (at least those we saw) are free in Geneva so we went through this one. It’s a fascinating building (historic house) with some interesting displays showing the area’s history. But if you don’t speak French, you’ll miss out as there are very few English translations.
Written 4 September 2021
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Benee C
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
So glad we had time to visit this museum. The audio tour was extremely well done. The layout of the exhibits was very good.
The film that describes the sequence of the city's development was informative and provided great visuals.
Written 15 August 2022
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permia
Ireland63,588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
In a grandly historic house is contained a comprehensive history of the city mediated through an impressive collection of artefacts.

A great model of the city in previous times is executed in fabulous details. And possible to identify many of the edifices within, particularly places of worship.

An exceptional selection of doors, with exquisite carvings, is amongst the multitude of items. Associated is an assemblage of locks and also elaborate door knockers.

Ancient statuary is impressive, particularly the large scale busts and heads.
Written 6 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,945 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
For nearly 40 years this building which has history dating back 800 years has been the museum of the history of Geneva. Set over six floors with many displays from the huge 3d display of the city to old pieces of furniture throughout the cities history including a guillotine.

Well worth a visit, you can breeze through here in an hour if you want to skim over everything or take a few hours and immerse yourself in history.
Written 4 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kris T
111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
I think Tavel house is a must visit when visiting Geneva. It’s a quick way to get an overview of the history of the city, since they have a very well done narrated installation on that. It also houses some very interesting historical pieces such as a guilliotine, apparently one that has been used. The house is from the 11th century and has of course been rebuilt multiple times. The oldest section is the cellar, sadly the lowest level was for some reason not accessible. The higher levels house a lovely display of 17th-19th century domestic furniture etc in a well done display. So overall a variety of items and art well worth seeing.
Written 20 April 2024
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Kaiser_sd
Washougal, WA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This museum is not too big and gives a history of Geneva. The exhibition is housed in a beautiful Maison Tavel. It doesn't take more than an hour to walk through and its free. It is right next to the John Calvin street. I would definitely visit if its your first time in Geneva. Its free!
Written 24 August 2021
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Mary M
Eugene, OR80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It's an old family home turned into a museum. Some neat items, but what's neater is the house itself. The basement where the rich family did business is impressive.

The coin exhibit is in French only. Still cool.
Written 9 May 2024
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Po-Kang W
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Great museum of a old medieval house. The labyrinth of cellars are impressive, as with the original apartments. The entry is free. But it is hard to find English explanations. Make sure to download the izi.Travel, which gives you a detailed audio tour in English
Written 17 July 2017
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Ann C
Dalton, GA40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
Okay first, I'm a fan of free, which this museum is. Even if I'd had to shell out a few CHF (Swiss Francs) I'd still think it was cool. You're in an old home with artifacts and vignettes of life in previous eras.

You come in on the ground level and as you make your way to the stairs or elevators, don't overlook the low, oddly shaped table on the right in the middle of the next room. There are small buttons on the side labeled for 3 (IIRC) different languages. Press English and presentation starts. The table is a relief map of the area and changes through the ages are projected onto it as a the history of the area is discussed. There are fold-up chairs hanging nearby on the wall, and the presentation is long enough that you may want one.

You can get a slim pamphlet in English at the front desk. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the media in the building is in French, but it's nonetheless fascinating. Look for the oil portrait of the bearded lady & be sure to check out the round tower rooms.
Written 21 June 2014
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