Swiss Museum of Games
The Swiss Museum of Games (Musée Suisse du jeu in french) is located in the main building of the Tour-de-Peilz castle on the shores of Lake Geneva near Vevey. Founded in 1987, it is managed by the Foundation of the Swiss Museum of Games.
Parking spaces in the streets near the castle.
The Swiss Museum of Games welcomes around 15,000 visitors per year on two levels, on the first floor and under the attic of the main building, but also proposes outdoor games.
It is composed of the following parts:
The reception is located on the first floor. In addition to the ticket office, it acts as a shop and sells many games.
The museum presents games on two levels that cross ages and borders. Some of the games on display are well known, such as chess, backgammon or scrabble, and others are much less so and are to be discovered. The museum includes a temporary exhibition and a permanent exhibition.
The themes of the permanent exhibition are as follows:
- Retour à la case départ (Back to square one)
- Voyajeux (Travel games)
- Inde – pays des jeux (India – land of games)
- Échecs : le roi des jeux ? (Chess: the king of games?)
- Les jeux européens avant l’industrialisation (European games before industrialisation)
- Le corps en jeu (The body at stake)
- Cartes à jouer – jeux de cartes (Playing cards – card games)
- Le marché des jeux (The gaming market)
- Faites vos jeux ! (Place your bets!)
- Gagnez le gros lot ! (Win the jackpot!)
- Jeux de plein air (Outdoor games)
The temporary exhibitions are renewed about once a year and present a different perspective on the theme of games. For example, in 2019, the subject is “Albert Smith. Le spectacle du Mont Blanc” (The Mont Blanc show).
A game room next to the reception area allows you to test different strategy, agility or society games.
The ludic course (parcours ludique) offers well-known games in large format outside or in the castle courtyard. It offers the following games:
- Hâte-toi lentement (Hurry up slowly)
- Le fermier et le loup (The farmer and the wolf)
- La bague d’or (The gold ring)
- La marelle (The hopscotch)
- L’échiquier (The chessboard)
- La récolte des betteraves (The beet harvest)
- Les billes à la romaine (The Roman style marbles)
- Le chat et la souris (The cat and mouse)
- 1, 2, 3 robinet coule (1, 2, 3 tap flows)
- Le mouchoir (The handkerchief)
The entrance fees to the Swiss Museum of Games are as follows:
- Adult: 9 francs
- AHV, IV, students, apprentices, unemployed: 6 francs
- Children and adolescents from 6 to 16 years old: 3 francs
- Under 6 years old: free of charge
The Tour-de-Peilz castle is built in the 12th century. Shortly afterwards, it belonged to La Savoie and was burned down in 1536 during the conquest of the Pays de Vaud by the Bernese. Later, in the 18th century, it was bought by a Frenchman. To bring light, it pierced the main building with windows and destroyed the keep beside the lake.
The visitable part of the castle, which became the property of the municipality of La Tour-de-Peilz in 1979, is located in the tower on the east side, at the top of which you can climb and enjoy a beautiful viewpoint.
The “joker” bistro
The “joker” bistro is located on the ground floor of a building in the castle grounds and in good weather pleasant tables are set up in the courtyard.
In the immediate vicinity of the castle there is a beautiful playground for children from about 2 to 7 years old.