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Maison Tavel

rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
+41 22 418 37 00
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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good43%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“oldest house” (16 reviews)
“top floor” (30 reviews)
“scale model” (9 reviews)
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rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Start your tour on the third floor where you'll find a very large, model replica of the city in 1850. Then amble your way down from floor to floor. The second floor is entirely presented as it would have been in the old days, complete...More

Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 8 October 2017

If you have limited time you should focus on other sites in Geneva. Again, yes, it’s the oldest house in Geneva and I'm not saying it's a bad visit but there are so many other museums that deserve your time. I dropped in because within...More

Thank 473TomB473
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Great place to visit to get an understanding of life in the old town of Geneva from 1200 on. There was a really passionate English speaking guide who was very interesting. Don't miss the view of the lake from the alcove.

Thank Susie4861
Reviewed 4 September 2017

I noticed that a lot of people gave this site excellent reviews. My reaction was not the same. It is an old house, granted. The model of Geneva and the film that explains the development of the city is interesting. Yes, I saw the big...More

2  Thank dinj
Reviewed 3 September 2017

The video near the entrance was informative and worth listening to. There was an English version which was helpful. Be sure to look at the floor and higher up and not just the exhibits. There are little gems in those areas too. The first floor...More

2  Thank Stacy M
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This is the oldest house in Geneva and is definitely worth a visit. Don't miss the lower floors and the huge wine/water (?) cask. Every floor is interesting. No entrance fee.

1  Thank C B
Reviewed 21 August 2017

The real swiss life museum. It's a real house of Mr Tavel that is now a museum with a huge amount of things to see and discover the everyday life of Geneva's people in the past.

Thank 219olga
Reviewed 18 August 2017

DONT miss this museum when you travel. It is so incredible you can see a huge model of what Geneva looked like with its walls still up and even check out what a real Mid evil apartment looked like. Best part, its completely FREE.

Thank Chelsie D
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

A very nice museum housed in the oldest building in Geneva - the building is as much part of the exhibitions as the items within. The rooms are well laid out and show the house and life in Geneva at different times in history. Some...More

Thank siddle45
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Great structure and house setting. Video of the history of the geographical changes in Geneva projected to a miniature landscape amazes how cities are born. Impressive furniture and door collections on exhibit.

Thank NYtravelblogs
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