Welcome to Jean-Jacque Rousseau’s birthplace! Situated in Geneva’s scenic Old Town, this historic house is now home to a museum and library entirely dedicated to the humanist author’s works and significant legacy. The exhibition retraces the steps and thought process of the impactful Enlightenment philosopher through a 25-minute interactive sound and image display that aims to bring Rousseau’s magnetic character to life. Modern-day authors and thinkers are always welcome to the MRL’s numerous talks and sessions.
As the Rousseau house is located in the heart of Geneva’s most historic quarter, many city tours will at the very least whizz past it, like this Geneva City Tour or this exhilarating Segway tour of the Old Town.
Maison de Rousseau et de la Littérature is located on Grand-Rue in Old Geneva and is very well connected: it is possible to get there by car (as the house is on a pedestrian street it is not possible to park directly on-site; parking Saint-Antoine is close by on Boulevard Emile-Jaques-Dalcroze and costs 1.- CHF for every 20 minutes), by public transit (trams 12, 14, and 18 at Place de Neuve stop) as well as on foot from most of Geneva’s main attractions. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.