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🖼️ Swiss Museum of Games

Address
Au Château, 1814 La Tour-de-Peilz
Phone 1
Keyword
2017 March, 2018 Oct
  • Date de Visite
    19.03.2017 && 19.10.2018
  • Création
    1987
  • Fréquentation
    15'000 (2016)
  • GPS
    46.45269 6.85474

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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.

The main building of the Tour-de-Peilz castle.
The main building of the Tour-de-Peilz castle hosting the Swiss Museum of Games

Access


Parking spaces in the streets near the castle.

Museum


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.

The entrance to the museum.
The entrance to the Swiss Museum of Games

It is composed of the following parts:

Reception


The reception is located on the first floor. In addition to the ticket office, it acts as a shop and sells many games.

The reception and a child 😉 attracted by a game for sale.
The reception of the Swiss Museum of Games The shop of the Swiss Museum of Games

Museum


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:

A theme proposed by the museum.
A theme proposed by the swiss museum of games

  1. Retour à la case départ (Back to square one)
  2. Voyajeux (Travel games)
  3. Inde – pays des jeux (India – land of games)
  4. Échecs : le roi des jeux ? (Chess: the king of games?)
  5. Les jeux européens avant l’industrialisation (European games before industrialisation)
  6. Le corps en jeu (The body at stake)
  7. Cartes à jouer – jeux de cartes (Playing cards – card games)
  8. Le marché des jeux (The gaming market)
  9. Faites vos jeux ! (Place your bets!)
  10. Gagnez le gros lot ! (Win the jackpot!)
  11. Jeux de plein air (Outdoor games)

Showcases with small games and more imposing games.
Showcases showing small games at the Swiss Museum of Games larger games such as pinball machines at the Swiss Museum of 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).

Panel on the temporary exhibition “So British” in 2016 and 2017.
Panel on the temporary exhibition "So British" in 2016 and 2017 at the swiss museum of games

Games room


A game room next to the reception area allows you to test different strategy, agility or society games.

A child 😉 playing an agility game.
A child ;-) in the grip of an agility game at the Swiss Museum of Games

Ludic course


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 games of the ludic course all around and in the castle courtyard.
The games of the ludic course all around and in the Tour-de-Peilz castle courtyard.

Hurry up slowly.
Hurry slowly to the Swiss Museum of Games

The rates


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 castle


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 tower can be visited for free and a chess game in the courtyard.
The tower of the tour-de-peilz castle can be visited for free and a chess game in the courtyard.

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.

The visitable tower of the Tour-de-Peilz castle and the tables of the “joker” bistro.
The visitable tower of the Tour-de-Peilz castle and the tables of the bistro le "joker".

The playground


In the immediate vicinity of the castle there is a beautiful playground for children from about 2 to 7 years old.

The playground next to the castle.
The playground next to the castle of la tour-de-peilz

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