MRL - Maison Rousseau et Littérature

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MRL - Maison Rousseau et Littérature

MRL - Maison Rousseau et Littérature
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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In the heart of the Maison Rousseau et Littérature, established in the writer’s birthplace, the Rousseau Path awaits your visit. The exhibition was born of the conviction that Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) is the author of a body of work likely to captivate its readers like few others do today. Although he was born in Geneva at the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment and spent most of his childhood and adolescence there, the scope of his thought and writing extends far beyond the walls of the city. The Rousseau Path does not follow the writer’s biography, but is organised thematically. Seven topics addressed by Rousseau in his work are explored in relation to present-day concerns. The audiovisual itinerary brings Rousseau to life and enables the visitor to discover the multiple facets of the author of The Social Contract, The Confessions and The New Heloise.
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Debby K
Jerusalem, Israel325 contributions
Couples
This is a nicely presented story of Rousseau, his life, and work. There are no artifacts to see - it is an audio-visual presentation with different stations. The audio works according to your location in the path of the presentation, but I did find the device a bit too touchy - if you were one step in the wrong place it messed up. The technology could be honed, but overall it worked well, and it was a quite interesting presentation. It takes a half hour, and you can combine it with your visit to Maison Tavel, which is nearby, and the Reformation Museum, also not far.
Written 4 September 2017
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Ludo-Owen
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland1 204 contributions
Couples
First of all, you absolutely need the audio guide for the visit. It's quite interesting but could leave you craving for more information. On the positive, it's quite cheap.
Written 16 October 2016
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Kimberly V
Manila, Philippines41 contributions
This is a very cleverly orchestrated walk through Rousseau's life. Simple, informative, and technologically enhanced experience.
Written 15 July 2015
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Tremont44113
Athens, Greece35 contributions
Solo
There are many ways to enjoy or not enjoy a visit to a museum. I would like to think we all have the patience to examine all documents presented under a glass case, spending hours mentally cataloguing the artifacts shown, only to come up with a brilliant schemata of what is to be taken away from your visit.

But…enter the museum designer. This brilliant mastermind decides they can control our time and knowledge by suggesting a route we might walk. Maybe they use white space. Perhaps free handouts are offered or even an audio guide that focuses us on the most representative or relevant pieces to be viewed. These designers have the strange notion that museums might offer too much information for our brains to process, and look to ease that overload by dictating our experience. The nerve of these people!

When I laid down my five swiss francs to go to the Maison de Rousseau et de la Littérature (or MRL for short - I think that was Rousseau’s hip hop name), I was immediately given headphones. I did not even get a chance to turn down the audioguide, but it was playing some nice classical piece which turned out to be composed by Rousseau, so I proceeded noting the irony that Rousseau’s philosophy was big on not guiding someone’s education, but rather letting the learner “discover” their own truths.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Calvin are Geneva’s most famous citizens, but wow are they opposite from each other! Calvin was a Frenchie who was accepted better in Geneva, while Rousseau was a Swiss who was accepted better in France. Calvin was pretty intolerant (unless you agreed with him) while Rousseau pretty liberal. Voltaire had no problem making fun of both of them, but that’s Voltaire for you! Oh Voltaire…

Rousseau was controversial because of belief in freedom, and not that fake sense of freedom which is defined as not having to sign up for Obamacare. He was a little more all encompassing saying that any attempt to civilize a person was to limit them. Formal education and religion were just chains on the individual’s right to determine their own path. Pretty heady thinking, especially for the 1700’s.

The museum’s headphones have sensors that trigger the appropriate narration to correspond with your visual field, often a video that also synchs. You are swept through the biography, major works, and influence of the man. Again the irony that this wonderful use of technology would have left poor Jean-Jacques speechless in disgust. But deep down inside, I’d like to think he would have found it pretty cool. I did.

None of the vignettes are longer than your more-involved youTube video, and they are all entertaining and informative. In fact, it was so much fun, that I forgot how much I was being controlled by the Maison de Rousseau et de la Littérature. I also learned something. I learned that I guess I have to give up some of my freedom if I want to become a Swiss exile who has a major influence on both the American and french Revolutions.

Or something like that.
Written 18 June 2015
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melancholymayhem
Manchester, UK299 contributions
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Set in the actual birthplace of Jean Jacques Rousseau, this small house museum provides a 25-minute, self-guided, audio-visual tour documenting the life and works of the influential Swiss philosopher. It offers a brief but compelling overview, setting his contributions within the context of his life and the people who had a marked influence on him, including his father who raised Rousseau following the tragic passing of his mother shortly after his birth. The tour outlines his most important (and interesting) ideas, including that education should advance naturally in accordance with the child's interests and 'gifts' as opposed to the more conventional model of education of learning through a pre-set curriculum, as well as the opposing ones of his contemporaries.

Definitely worth dropping by if you happen to be in the Old Town of Geneva, especially as it only takes up half an hour of your time, and the admission fee is currently only 5 Swiss francs (or 3 if you're a student).
Written 1 August 2014
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Kathryn-n-Mike
Kentucky70 contributions
Friends
The Espace Rousseau is a museum about the life of Jean Jacques Rousseau, located in the house where he was born in Geneva's Old Town. Many reviews posted here are for the Ile de Rousseau, a small island in Lake Geneva with a park dedicated to Rousseau. Both places are quiet and interesting spots for learning more about Rousseau and the ideas that changed the world.
Written 2 September 2012
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admybf
Vancouver220 contributions
Couples
Espace Rousseau in Geneva provides a wonderful opportunity to acquaint one with the not very well-known 18th Century philosopher, writer and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The museum is Rousseau's birthplace, and provides multi-lingual audiovisual guides to better explain the exhibits. Some of his works are also on display. The docent is very helpful and quite knowledgeable about all matters Rousseau. No food at the museum, but restaurants abound just outside the entrance. Admission is free with a Swiss Railway Pass.
Written 20 December 2011
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