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John Calvin Museum, Noyon

The John Calvin Museum (Musée Jean Calvin) is a modern museum dedicated to the French reformer, located on the site of his birth house in Noyon, France.

The museum's collections include Reformation-era propaganda posters, works of Calvin, and paintings.


John Calvin, the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Geneva, was born in Noyon in 1509. Calvin's house and most of the city of Noyon were destroyed by the World War I bombings in 1918.

The Museum of John Calvin was founded by the History of French Protestantism Society during the period of post-war reconstruction after 1918. The museum building was designed by the Protestant architect Charles Letrosne, who reconstructed Calvin's home according to earlier drawings of the house.

The first stone was laid on July 10, 1927, and the museum opened its doors in 1931. Although the town of Noyon took over its management in 1954, the museum remains the property of the Society.

What to See

In addition to the reconstruction of Calvin's house, visitors to the Museum of John Calvin can view the following works (among others):

The museum gift shop sells postcards, books and gifts related to John Calvin and the Reformation.

Quick Facts on the John Calvin Museum

Site Information
Names:John Calvin Museum; John Calvin Museum, Noyon; Musée Jean Calvin
Categories:Historical Sites; Museums
Feat:Reformation History
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Noyon, France
Coordinates:49.581163° N, 2.998173° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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Title:John Calvin Museum, Noyon
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:07/26/2010
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