It is important to visit this museum if you want to understand Geneva, the city of Calvinism and Protestant reform. It is found in a beautiful 18th century mansion, the Mallet house. Located just a stone's throw from St. Peter's Cathedral, the house is in the place of the old cloister of the cathedral. Its location is very symbolic because on May 21, 1536, the Reformation was adopted there. It is a historical and of course a cultural visit which intends to be playful and dynamic with sound animations and surprising stagings that encourage to know more. You will be welcomed by a traditional presentation. A film presented in a living-room traces the whole history of Luther and then Calvin's, while going through the wars of religion that torn France apart. You will stroll in the 400 m ² of the manoir house, decorated as it was at that time, on two levels. You will discover the history of the Reformation, from the theories of Luther through the persecutions of the French Huguenots, and the role of Geneva in the radiation and diffusion of Calvinism ... More than 147 books, 615 original objects dating from the eighteenth century religious wars: bibles, ancient engravings of Geneva, works of Calvin in original editions, portraits of reformers, souvenirs of Persecution and Refuge, and even Huguenots psalms and Lutheran songs… Finally, the historic cellars describe the Protestantism of the contemporary era throughout countries of the world. Award winner, the MIR was rewarded for its quality and work by receiving the prestigious prize of the Council of Europe Museum 2007.
«On the steps of the Reformation» circuit along 10 stages, duration of the journey: 1 hour.
Possibility to download the circuit and educational files on mir. ch
Activities at the MIR for Children: a circuit where the supers become SuperTheo, SuperCalvin, SuperJohn and SuperFarel. Possibility to download educational files on the website.
The shop: The stall of the museum allows you to complete your knowledge about the reformation with a beautiful selection of books such as the tiny books of Pensées de Calvin, from Leisure and Pedagogy edition, postcards, Posters…
Opening: From Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Special openings: on Good Friday, Easter Monday, Thursday of Ascension Day, Whit Monday, on August 1st (except on Monday), the Thursday of the Geneva Fasting and on Monday of the federal Fasting. Access for Disabled. Free for those who accompany disabled. Rates: Adults: 13 CHF. Reduced rates: 8 CHF and 6 CHF. Package “Saint-Pierre Area": MIR + the Cathedral and its circuits + the archaeological site. Adults: 18 CHF. Reduced rate: 12 CHF and 10 CHF. Audio-guides in French, German and English - free. Guided tours in several languages: by reservation. Shop on site.
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