- 1 Leman aquarium
- 2 Weather
- 3 Access
- 4 Museum themes
- 5 Temporary exhibitions
- 6 Playground
- 7 Rate
- 8 To be noted
- 9 New museum
- 10 Video
- 11 Webcam
- 12 Related attractions
The Leman Museum is located opposite the Nyon marina since 1954. With a surface area of approximately 1,000 m², its aim is to present and raise public awareness of all aspects related to Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe, through various themes such as heritage preservation, nature protection and science.
Paid underground car park of the Duche along the lake near the museum.
Ground floor: Aquariums
Five aquariums for a total of 40’000 litres of water allow the observation of 20 species of fish and crustaceans of Lake Geneva out of a total of 31 species of fish and crustaceans in the lake. This is the only place with Aquatis, the River House and Papiliorama where freshwater fish can be observed.
Ground floor: Pleasure boats and latin sailing boats
1st floor: Piccard
An area dedicated to three generations of the Piccard family and in particular to the exploration of the seas with submarines.
- Auguste Piccard: Inventor who inspired Hergé for Professor Tournesol in the Tintin comics.
- Jacques Piccard: Explored the depths of the sea.
- Bertrand Piccard: Did the first round-the-world trip in a balloon.
1st floor: rescue and fishermen
2nd floor: Ludic space
Under the attic is the play area which allows children to familiarize themselves with the natural sciences related to Lake Geneva through games and experiments.
Approximately every year, the Musée du Léman offers temporary exhibitions. For example, between 2018 and 2019, the exhibition “Plouf” is dedicated to the history of bathing in Lake Geneva.
A nice playground for children is available right next to the museum.
The entrance fees to the Léman Museum are as follows:
- Adult: 8 francs
- Senior/Senior/AVS/Student/IY: 6 francs
- Child: Free until 16 years old
The museum is free on the first Sundays of the month and the ticket purchased gives free entrance to the Roman Museum and the castle of Nyon for 12 months.
To be noted
There are three curiosities to report in Nyon or in the field of boats on Lake Geneva.
- The Roman museum presents objects from the Roman period of Colonia Iulia Equestris, the present-day Nyon.
- Another museum on the theme of Lake Geneva can be found in Saint-Gingolf at the other end of the lake: the Museum of Traditions and Boats of Lake Geneva.
A museum extension project is underway and should be completed within the next few years. The video below provides information on this subject
A video on the Léman Museum
Webcam from Nyon on the lake and the Alps.