The oldest private house in Geneva opens its doors to the city in the past. The model " relief Magnin " offers a zoom on 1850.
If you want to really understand the history of Geneva, then you have to stop at Maison Tavel. This building bears the name of a noble family in Geneva. It is one of the important examples of Swiss medieval civil architecture It is also the oldest private house in Geneva classified as a historic monument in 1923. This museum is dedicated to the urban history and daily life in Geneva. You immerse yourself in the life of Genevans from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century. You can visit the house and its collections to discover: currencies, weights and measures, old doors (from the 16th to 18th century), living room and kitchen, objects of daily life (dishes, tins) or Indian printed cloths of the 18th century. An essential stop is the remarkable metallic model known as the Relief Magnin, named after the Genevan architect and finished in 1896. It offers the image of Geneva before the destruction of the fortifications in 1850. The gothic facade adorned with 10 stunning sculpted figures and arms of the family in a trilobed niche, is of prime importance and an essential Genevan heritage as it is the only example of the 14th-century statuary in the region.
Exhibition from September 28, 2018 to February 24, 2019: L'esprit de Hodler dans la peinteur genevoise (The spirit of Hodler in Genevan painting).
A theme course is organised through the house. You will discover 10 objects telling the history of the significant periods of Geneva.
The "Relief Magnin" model: on the top floor, an essential stop to understand Geneva's urban organisation before 1850.
Open from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., closed on Monday. Free admission to the permanent exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions: CHF 5. Reduced: CHF 3. Free for those under 18 years old and on the first Sunday of the month.
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