Here at Parentville, we love museums. We believe in their power to fascinate children, broaden their horizons and stimulate their imagination. But we also think that museums need to make some effort to have an impact on kids. Musee du Leman in Nyon is one of the museums in the region to check all the boxes. It’s one of the most family-friendly museums in the area.
Already the location of the Museum is splendid! It overlooks the lake and the Nyon port. The building itself was built in 1756 and was housing a hospital before becoming the Musee du Leman.


Its name says it all. Musee du Leman is all about the Lac Leman, or Lake Geneva if you please (although translating it to Geneva Museum does not work, right?).

In the beautiful rooms of this Museum, you can learn about the history of the lake, the history of sailing on the Leman waters, the geology of the area, the creatures living in the lake, and much more!

Musee du Leman is interactive in the most pleasant way – not so much using screens and fancy tech but in a hands-on way. There are things you can touch, manipulate, or go into. For example, there is a replica of the submarine that once operated on the lake. Yes! There was a submarine, and people could get on it to see the depth of the lake. How I wish it was still possible!

mesoscaphe AKA SUBMARINE

Let’s talk about it for a bit. Long story short, Auguste Piccard had the idea to put “a mesoscaphe” (a fancy name for the submarine that does not go super deep) on the lake. His son, Jacques Piccard, built it for the 1964 national expo in Lausanne. Due to some complications, the submarine (well, a “mesoscaphe”) started operating 2 months after the expo. It dived over 1000 times and carried over 33000 people to the bottom of the lake. The renovated original is currently in the fabulous Transport Museum in Luzern (it’s the best place ever!), but Musee du Leman has a whole section on it too.


Fish, of course, and all about fishing on the lake. And about the ships. And the tsunami. Oh, yes, that one. There once was a tsunami on our beloved lake, and there will surely be another – we just don’t know when.

Check out the temporary exhibitions, workshops, birthday parties, and school holiday camps (dates for canton Vaud).


To make it more fun you can get there by taking one of the ships going from Geneva to Nyon! Or combine it with an exploration of Nyon and a picnic.


Quai Louis-Bonnard 8,
1260 Nyon
Opening hours:
Open from Tuesday to Sunday.
April to October: 10am – 5pm
November to March: 2pm – 5pm
Entry fee:
Children up to 16 yo – free
Adults: 8 chf
AVS/AI/Students: 6 chf


2 parking spots for people with disabilities nearby. Entry to the museum by the door on the side (with a lift).
Inside, everything is accessible, thanks to the elevators and lifts. The restroom is fully accessible and adjusted.