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A history of the Reformation

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 The Reformation was a religious revolution that began in Geneva, among other places, in the 16th century, between the years 1520 and 1540. It has had a major influence on religion, society, the economy and culture over the past five centuries.

The International Museum of the Reformation is the only secular museum in the world dedicated to the history of the Reformation. Paintings, objects, books, engravings and audiovisual features are available for your perusal in 12 vibrant rooms. Highlights of the newly renovated exhibition space include two paintings of Luther by Lucas Cranach, a letter written by Calvin and one by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

You’re in for a remarkable cultural experience, delivered to you in your choice of ten languages in this charming 18th-century mansion.

In 2007, the Museum won the Council of Europe Museum Prize, a prestigious distinction awarded annually since 1977 to a museum that has made a significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage.

Permanent exhibition spaces

Take a virtual tour of the Museum

Understanding the Reformation in seven minutes

The animated film below provides you with a seven-minute summary of the Reformation and its main figures. Several works from the permanent collection feature in the film, bringing the story to life. The film can also be viewed in the Museum entrance.




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trésors du MIR : Letter from John Calvin to Guillaume Farel
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Letter from John Calvin to Guillaume Farel

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trésors du MIR : Piece signed Henri III of France to Nicolas de Harlay
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Piece signed Henri III of France to Nicolas de Harlay

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trésors du MIR : Letter addressed to Jacqueline d'Entremont by Gaspard de Coligny
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Letter addressed to Jacqueline d'Entremont by Gaspard de Coligny

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trésors du MIR : The Wassy massacre
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trésors du MIR : Adam names the animals
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trésors du MIR : Portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach
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Portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach

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trésors du MIR : Table of major world religions
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Table of major world religions

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trésors du MIR : Collection of founding texts
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Collection of founding texts

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trésors du MIR : Writings of Martin Luther
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Writings of Martin Luther

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