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The oldest private house in Geneva opens its doors to the city in the past. The model " relief Magnin " offers a zoom on 1850.
For those who really want to understand the history of Geneva, the Maison Tavel is an obligatory stopover. This building bears the name of a noble family of Geneva. It is one of the most important examples of medieval Swiss civil architecture. It is also the oldest private house in Geneva, classified as a historical monument in 1923. This museum is dedicated to the urban history and daily life of Geneva. It plunges you into the life of the people of Geneva from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Its visit allows you to discover a house and its collections: coins, weights and measures, old doors (from the 16th to the 18th century), living room and kitchen, objects of daily life (crockery, pewter) or even 18th century Indian items. Not to be missed on the top floor is the remarkable metal model, known as the Magnin relief, named after the Geneva architect, completed in 1896 and which restores the image of Geneva before the demolition of the fortifications in 1850. The Gothic facade, enriched with a remarkable sculpted decoration of 10 figures and the family coat of arms in a three-lobed niche, is of first-rate importance, an essential element of Geneva's heritage and a unique example of 14th century statuary on a regional scale.
A themed tour is organised throughout the house. You will discover 10 objects relating to important periods in Geneva.
The "Relief Magnin "model: on the top floor on 30m2, not to be missed in order to understand the urban organisation of Geneva before 1850.
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Open from 11am to 6pm, closed on Mondays. Free admission to the permanent exhibitions.
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