Geneva, Switzerland – Here’s an idea for a lazy afternoon: visiting the Voltaire’s museum, his one-time residence in Geneva.
Les Délices de Voltaire is the name of the beautiful chateau located in the heart of the city of Geneva where the French philosopher lived from 1755 to 1760.
The chateau is today a museum dedicated entirely to Voltaire’s work, including a library with 25,000 books related to his work and to the 18th Century.
Some items that once belonged to Voltaire or that decorated the house while he lived there, such as those shown in the picture at left, have returned to the chateau to be part of the exhibit.
The “jardins d’epicure” as Voltaire used to call the grounds of the chateau, in reference to the philosophical school created by Epicurus in 300 BC, now hosts a small playground. The rest of the grounds have disappeared, and the creek has been covered to give way to modern buildings.
The property was bought in 1929 by the city of Geneva and became a museum in 1954. In 1994, Voltaire’s home was redecorated to give it the look that it has today.
Count on 45 to 90 minutes to see the house, the library and any temporary exhibit housed at the museum. I would advise talking a stroll or riding your bike to the Delices, which is located not far from Geneva’s train station. Museum entry is free.
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