We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Grand-Rue 40 | Grand-Rue 40, Geneva 1204, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 22 310 10 28
Website
Today
11:00 - 17:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

Located on the first floor of the MRL, the audiovisual itinerary enables...

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 26.20*
and up
Geneva Pass
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 17 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Ok but could be more...

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
Ludo-Owen
,
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
75

17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 6: English reviews
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
461 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Helpful?
Thank Ludo-Owen
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

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

Helpful?
Thank vanwag723
Athens, Greece
Level Contributor
31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 a brilliant schemata of what is to be taken away from your visit. But…enter the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Tremont44113
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 and the people who had a marked influence on him, including his father who raised... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank melancholymayhem
Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
63 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 to Rousseau. Both places are quiet and interesting spots for learning more about Rousseau and... More 

Helpful?
7 Thank WMUer
Vancouver
Level Contributor
132 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 on display. The docent is very helpful and quite knowledgeable about all matters Rousseau. No... More 

Helpful?
5 Thank admybf

Travellers who viewed MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature also viewed

Geneva, Canton of Geneva
Geneva, Canton of Geneva
 

Been to MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
75
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?