John Calvin Museum, Noyon

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This small museum in Noyon, France is dedicated to the French reformer John Calvin, who was born in a house on this site in 1509.

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John Calvin Museum
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6, place Aristide Briand
49.581163° N, 2.998173° E
03 44 44 03 59

Description of the John Calvin Museum

Unfortunately, the original birth house of John Calvin was completely destroyed by a bombing in 1918. However, the current house was rebuilt on the same site based on drawings of the original and provides an idea of what it would have looked like in Calvin's day. The museum's collections include Reformation-era propaganda posters, early editions of Calvin's works, and contemporary paintings of Reformation events. The manuscripts include the Olivetan Bible, printed in Neuchâtel by Pierre de Vingle (1535), and Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion printed by Thomas Platter and Balthasar Lazius in Basel (1535).


  • John Calvin's birth house destroyed by bomb

    John Calvin's birth house in Noyon is destroyed by a bomb during World War I.

  • The Museum of John Calvin is founded by the History of French Protestantism Society.

  • Construction begins on the John Calvin Museum in Noyon, designed by Protestant architect Charles Letrosne based on drawings of the original house.

  • Museum on site of John Calvin's birth house opens to public

    The John Calvin Museum in Noyon, built on the site of the reformer's birthplace, opens to the public.

  • The city of Noyon assumes the management of the museum, but it remains the property of the History of French Protestantism Society.

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April 11, 2015