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🖼️ Nyon Roman Museum

Address
Rue Maupertuis 9, 1260 Nyon
Phone 1
Keyword
2018 Mars
  • Date de Visite
    18.03.2018
  • Création
    1979
  • GPS
    46.3812 6.24

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Nyon roman museum


The Roman Museum of Nyon is located near the shores of Lake Geneva since 1979 on the site of an ancient Roman basilica. It displays numerous objects from the Roman period dating back about 2’000 years.

In addition to the permanent exhibition, which was refreshed in 2009, regularly renewed temporary exhibitions shed additional light on the site.

The entrance in farting red to the Roman Museum of Nyon, close to the castle.
The entrance in farting red to the Roman Museum of Nyon, close to the castle.

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Access


Paid parking in the city of Nyon.

Nyon and the Romans


In Roman times, nearly 2,000 years ago, Nyon was an important city in French-speaking or Western Switzerland together with Geneva, Avenches, Lausanne and Martigny. In Roman times, Nyon was called Colonia Iulia Equestri after an equestrian colony of the Roman Empire that was stationed there and the name Noviodunum seems to have been assigned to the enlarged urban centre of Nyon.

An interesting reconstruction of what the forum of Nyon might have been like in Roman times. Source: lacote.ch
Une reconstition intéressante de ce que pouvait être le forum de Nyon du temps de Romains.

Museum themes


The Roman Museum of Nyon deals with many themes using objects discovered on site. Some themes are listed below with a short summary.

  • Nyon before Colonia Iulia Equestris
    The human presence in Nyon dates back to about 5000 years B.C.
  • Late Antiquity and High Middle Ages
    Nyon from the 3rd to the 5th century A.D.
  • Romans in Helvetia
    Colonization of the Roman Empire from -50 BC
  • Inscriptions
    Engraving on stone or metal
  • Basilica of Nyon
    Discovered in 1974, its foundations house the museum. It is a political and administrative headquarters.
  • Forum, a monumental centre
    The centre of the Roman city
  • Basilica builders: an ancient building site
    Professions related to the construction of large monuments.
  • The portal of the sacred area of the forum
  • Water in the City
    The means to bring water to the city of Nyon.
  • Villa of Commugny
    An ancient Roman villa discovered in 1904 on the heights of Coppet
  • Building and living
  • Taking care of appearances
  • Daily life
  • Craftsmanship
  • Religion
  • Crafts and trade

The interior of the museum with showcases displaying objects from the Roman period.
The interior of the museum with showcases displaying objects from the Roman period.

A foundation wall of the ancient Roman basilica in which the Roman museum is built.
A foundation wall of the ancient Roman basilica in which the Roman museum is built.

A model of the Roman forum of Nyon.
Une maquette du forum romain de Nyon.

Temporary exhibitions


Temporary exhibitions are renewed approximately every year and allow visitors to discover aspects of the Roman period. For example, between 2017 and 2018, the exhibition “ca coule de source” was held on the importance of water in Roman times.

An advertising poster for the temporary exhibition “ça coule de source”.
An advertising poster for the temporary exhibition "ça coule de source".

Rate


The entrance fees to the Roman Museum of Nyon are as follows:

  • Free for children up to 16 years old
  • Adults: 8 francs
  • Reduced rate: 6 francs

Admission is free every first Sunday of the month and a ticket purchased at the Roman Museum gives free access for one year to the two other museums in Nyon: the Léman Museum and the Historical and Porcelain Museum in the Nyon Castle.

The Léman Museum on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The Léman Museum on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The Nyon castle.
The Nyon castle.

The historical and porcelain museum in the castle.
The historical and porcelain museum in the castle.

Video


A video on the nyon roman museum.

Webcam


Webcam in the city of Nyon.

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