Geneva ( jin-EE-və; French: Genève [ʒənɛv] (listen); Arpitan: Genèva [dzəˈnɛva] (listen)) is the second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated in the south west of the country, where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
The city of Geneva (ville de Genève) had a population 201,818 in 2019 (Jan. estimate) within its small municipal territory of 16 km2 (6 sq mi), but the Canton of Geneva (the city and its closest Swiss suburbs and exurbs) had a population of 499,480 (Jan. 2019 estimate) over 246 km2 (95 sq mi), and together with the suburbs and exurbs located in the canton of Vaud and in the French departments of Ain and Haute-Savoie the cross-border Geneva metropolitan area as officially defined by Eurostat, which extends over 2,292 km2 (885 sq mi), had a population of 1,032,750 in Jan. 2019 (Swiss estimates and French census).
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Jason Leimgruber | Oct 1, 2017
On the first level there is a very informative overview of the history of Geneva that cleverly pairs a video on a normal screen with a projected map onto a topographic (3D) model of the region. As the video tells you about different periods in Geneva's history, the projected city map evolves as well. It made the information very understandable and memorable. At the top floor there is an amazing model of the city in 1800's.
Adam Szczepankowski | Feb 8, 2018
As for one of the main attractions in Geneva it's pretty boring and not diverse. One star only for the visualization of the Geneva's terrains during all the epochs which was presented downstairs on the ground floor.
Andrew Stucky | Aug 11, 2017
A must see if you are in the area. We had a blast here. The paid exhibit in the basement was well worth the price, if you have the time I highly recommend taking a look. Staff here was awesome!
Inés Achabal Escudero | Feb 9, 2018
Beautiful museum. Really helpful and friendly staff.
Ivan Kostadinov | Dec 23, 2017
A must-visit in the old town. You can actually see how people lived 500 years ago.
Taras Bondar | Apr 18, 2018
A small local museum. It is free and it has free WiFi as well. Perhaps 3d models with video overlays depicting Geneva evolution over time are the highlights of the place, another interesting piece is the collection of doors and shutters from a few centuries ago
Giovanni Filippone | Mar 30, 2018
It was closed. Oldest building in Geneva. Worth it!
Sofia Del Rio | Apr 22, 2018
Interesting museum about the history of Geneva. Free entrance.
Seraphima Nickolaevna Bogomolova | Jun 2, 2018
A good place to get a glimpse of what kind of life Genevoises used to lead presented through some interior and exterior objects. There is a wonderful collection of locks and keys, even a secret one. The front doors of the houses on display demonstrate variety of stories of the home owners. One can also see sample of furniture and fireplaces typical to the Old Town houses as well as cooking utensils. On the upper floor, in the attic of the Maison Tavel a model of Geneva city is presented as it was in the late 19th century. All in all the museum is a good historical reference, though it would be helpful if the labels were also in English as at present they are only in French.
Taavi Erkkola | Jul 8, 2018
Great (and exceptional to Geneva - free) place to get to know the history of Geneva. At minimum I recommend viewing the 3D landscape movie on the ground floor and the miniature city on the top floor.
Tommy Mann | Jul 7, 2018
Free museum of Geneva history. Head to the top floor for a giant diorama of the city as a fortress.
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