MuseumThe Maison Tavel

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About the museum

The Maison Tavel (Tavel house) is the oldest private residence in Geneva. This remarkable example of swiss civil architecture bears the name of the family who owned it from the late 13th to the early 16th century.

Since 1986, this historical building has been home to the Musée d’histoire urbaine et de la vie quotidienne (museum of urban history and daily life). The engravings, paintings, maps, models, furniture and miscellaneous objects presented come from Geneva’s public collections and evoke Geneva’s
past and its inhabitants from the middle ages through to the 19th century

Maison Tavel
Rue du Puits-St-Pierre 6
1204 Genève
T +41(0)22 418 37 00
F +41(0)22 418 37 01

Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on mondays

free admission to permanent collections
paid admission to temporary exhibitions CHF 5.- | CHF 3.-
free admission up to age 18 and the first sunday of the month

Plan your visit

  • Maison Tavel, 6, Rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre, Cité, Geneva, 1204, Switzerland


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  • Michelle

    5 out of 5 rating 07-13-2022

    Surprising to have access to a free guided tour via this site. Loved it!

  • Ruben

    5 out of 5 rating 04-21-2022

    Very nice audio tour

  • David Parry

    5 out of 5 rating 08-06-2019

    Maison Tavel provides a fantastic history of Geneva. Please consider downloading the audio travel guide first (App Store ‘izi.Travel’). The 1850 town model on the 3rd floor and 12 min 3D video history on the main floor are exceptional. Don’t miss the original Konrad Witts’ “Draught of Fishes“ painting at the ‘Musees d’Art et d’Histoire De Geneva’ (MAH) to tie the visits together. Tres Bon!

  • Helder

    4 out of 5 rating 02-17-2018

    Very interesting, very nicely explain the history of Geneva. The museum uses a lot of technology that makes the display modern and interactive. For me, the exhibition without the audioguide wouldn't be the same, since plenty of the info is French only.

  • Samuel Fletcher

    5 out of 5 rating 05-28-2017

    Most interesting how much even the oldest places have been modified, rebuilt, and refashioned generation after generation.

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