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🖼️ Leman Museum and Aquarium

Address
Quai Louis-Bonnard 8, 1260 Nyon
Phone 1
Keyword
2018 Mars
  • Date de Visite
    18.03.2018
  • Création
    1954
  • Fréquentation
    21'000 (2011)
  • GPS
    46.38005 6.24010

Leman aquarium


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.

The building housing the Léman Museum and a ball-shaped structure on the right that served as a nautical attraction for the swimmers at the Lausanne beach in the 1930s.
The building housing the Léman Museum and a ball-shaped structure on the right that served as a nautical attraction for the swimmers at the Lausanne beach in the 1930s.

La vue depuis en dessus du musée avec le port de plaisance et les alpes française avec le Mont-Blanc.
La vue depuis en dessus du musée du Léman avec le port de plaisance et les alpes française avec le Mont-Blanc.

Weather


Access


Paid underground car park of the Duche along the lake near the museum.

Museum themes


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.

Several aquariums of the Lake Geneva museum.
Several aquariums of the Leman museum.

Ground floor: Pleasure boats and latin sailing boats


The model of a sailing boat.
The model of a sailing boat.

Ground floor: Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN)


The area relating to the CGN.
The area relating to the CGN.

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.

A tourist submarine in the Piccard area.
A tourist submarine in the Piccard area.

1st floor: rescue and fishermen


Reconstruction of the cabin of a rescue boat.
Reconstruction of the cabin of a rescue boat.

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.

The attic of the Lake Geneva Museum.
The attic of the Lake Geneva Museum.

Temporary exhibitions


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.

Advertising posters from the 1930s at the “Plouf” exhibition to promote bathing in Lake Geneva.
Advertising posters from the 1930s at the "Plouf" exhibition to promote bathing in Lake Geneva.

Playground


A nice playground for children is available right next to the museum.

The different structures of the playground.
The different structures of the playground.

Rate


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.

  1. The castle of Nyon houses the historical museum and porcelain.

The castle of Nyon seen from below.
The castle of Nyon seen from below.

One of the rooms of the Nyon castle exhibiting porcelain.
One of the rooms of the Nyon castle exhibiting porcelain.

  1. The Roman museum presents objects from the Roman period of Colonia Iulia Equestris, the present-day Nyon.

The entrance of the Roman museum.
The entrance of the Roman museum.

  1. 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.

The beautiful models of the Museum of Traditions and Boats of Lake Geneva.
The beautiful models of the Museum of Traditions and Boats of Lake Geneva.

New museum


A museum extension project is underway and should be completed within the next few years. The video below provides information on this subject

Video


A video on the Léman Museum

Webcam


Webcam from Nyon on the lake and the Alps.

Related attractions


Attractions in the caton of Vaud
Attractions in the region of Nyon

Museums in Western Switzerland
Aquariums in Western Switzerland

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