We are lucky to have some 🖼 wonderful museums 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, many housed in architectural gems (old, renovated and new) . . . and as well as their permanent collections, they also offer 🖼 temporary exhibitions and 🎨 workshops for children and families over the school holidays!

We are also lucky if we live in (or are visiting!) the 🏔  Pays du Mont-Blanc, as we are at the crossroads with two other countries, one being 🇨🇭 Switzerland (the other Italy), and there are some wonderful museums there :

  • either over the col de Forclaz from Vallorcine to🇨🇭Martigny;
  • or towards 🇨🇭 Geneva from Sallanches;

This article concentrates on the 🖼 the museums and exhibitions in🇨🇭 nearby SWITZERLAND.

see other MBFF articles:

  • 🖼 MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc & in the Chamonix Valley here;
  • 🖼 MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby FRANCE here;
  • 🖼 MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in the Aosta Valley, ITALY here;

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🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc

🇨🇭 Switzerland


[ good to know : the first weekend in November is the Nuit des Musées in Valais lots of free entrances! ]

Fondation Pierre Gianadda (Martigny)

This fabulous museum in Martigny hosts a couple of temporary exhibitions every year, and in addition to these, the building itself is an architectural gem, and the sculpture garden is lovely, the leaves on the trees changing with each season (it is hence worth visiting this museum on a fine weather day, and not reserving it for a rainy day option!).

The 🖼 Fondation Pierre Gianadda is three museums in one: there is the space dedicated to 🖼the temporary exhibitions, there is a collection of Gallo-Roman artefacts (Musée Gallo-Romain), and there is a room in the basement with a collection of vintage cars (about fifty vehicles dating from 1897 to 1939)!

🗓 opening hours: daily, from 10h to 18h November to June and from 9h to 19h June until November

price: adults CHF18, children CHF10 and families CHF38;

[ to read about a family experience at this fabulous museum, see separate MBFF article here ]

website & FB page 

address: rue du Forum 59, 1920, Martigny, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 722 39 78;
Fondation Pierre Gianadda in springtime ©

🖼 current exhibition: « Turner » (in collaboration with the Tate Gallery, London)  ⇒ 25th June 2023;

© Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint Bernard (Martigny)

This museum is set across three floors, with the ground floor devoted to its 🐶 Saint-Bernard dogs. Visitors can view the dogs in their kennels and there is a large outdoor space where they play. At various stages during the day, there are some “ meet and greet ” moments with the dogs.

On the first floor, visitors can learn about the history of the Great Saint-Bernard Pass and on the second floor there is an interactive exhibition about Saint-Bernard dogs, perfect for children. The museum organises 🎨 family activities and workshops on this floor;

good to know – you can often see a fresh batch of adorable puppies at the museum ! / also good to know – there is an incredible Easter egg hunt here on Easter Monday (tried and tested and so, so, so enjoyed by the MBFF team!), and a visit from le Père Noël at Christmastime;

🗓 opening hours: every day (except 24th & 25th December) 10h to 18h;

price: CHF12 and children 8+ years CHF 7;

[ to read about MBFF’s experience, see separte article here ]

website & FB page

address: Fondation Barry-Barryland – Musée et chiens du Saint-Bernard, rue du Levant 34, 1920, Martigny, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 720 49 20
Musée des Sciences de la Terre: La Fondation Tissières Martigny (Martigny)

Located just off the main square in Martigny, this museum has some 💎 permanent exhibitions (alpine minerals, crystals & geology; a reconstructed mine; marble from Valais – see here), as well as temporary ones;

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and weekends 13h30 until 17h;

price: adults CHF6, 11 to 18 year olds CHF3 and under 10s FREE!


address: avenue de la Gare 6, 1920, Martigny (same building as Office de Tourisme
Château de Saint-Maurice (Saint-Maurice)

This super museum is located in the old castle of Saint-Maurice – you’ll find history about the castle, and also temporary exhibitions centred on graphisme;

🖼 upcoming exhibition : Les Schtroumpfs

© Château de Saint-Maurice
website & FB page

address: Château de Saint-Maurice, 1890, Saint-Maurice
Musées Cantonaux du Valais (Sion)

This groups together the Musée d’Art, the Musée d’Histoire and the Musée de la Nature.

website & FB page
© Musées Cantonaux du Valais
Fondation Opale / Centre d’Art de Lens (Lens)

La Fondation Opale propose d’explorer l’art contemporain selon des thèmes universels développés lors d’expositions temporaires, ainsi que des conférences, ateliers et rencontres avec des artistes.

website & FB page
© Fondation Opale
Musée du Vin Valais (Sierre)

Le Musée du vin, c’est …

  • 2 espaces d’exposition : Musée du Vin-Salgesch: exposition permanente pour tout savoir sur le monde de la vigne et du vin en Valais / Musée du Vin-Sierre:  expositions temporaires et Centre de documentation;
  • 1 sentier viticole didactique de 6 kilomètres entre ces deux espaces / ce concept permet de découvrir et d’explorer le monde de la vigne et du vin à ciel ouvert, au cœur du Valais, entre deux régions linguistiques;
  • des événements, des animations et des publications “
website & FB page

address: rue Sainte-Catherine 6, Sierre, Switzerland
© Musée du Vin Valais

🇨🇭 GENEVA & environs

In Geneva and Nyon, many museums and exhibitions are FREE on 🗓 the first Sunday of the month!

Here is the super website covering Geneva’s many museums, with links direct to museum websites too.

Botanical Gardens (Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques Genève)

There are sometimes 🖼 exhibitions at these 🌸 fabulous botanical gardens located near 💦 Lac Léman – either indoors in the greenhouses or library, or outdoors in the nature . . . and there are sculptures to enjoy . . .

[ to read more about MBFF’s visit(s) to these beautiful gardens, see separate article here ]

website & FB page

address: Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève, chemin de l’Impératrice 1, 1292, Genève
Botanical Gardens Geneva (CJBG) ©
Muséum Genève (Natural History Museum)

When our boys were small, the fabulous 🦁 Muséum Genève (Natural History Museum) was one of our go-to rainy day options! The 🖼 permanent exhibition here is always free to visit, as are some smaller temporary exhibitions, but you have to pay for the MAIN temporary exhibition.

good to know: on the first Sunday of the month, this museum’s temporary exhibitions are FREE!

🗓 opening hours: 10h to 17h every day (SHUT Monday);

[ see see MBFF article for about a visit en famille to this fabulous museum ]

website & FB page

address: 1 route de Malagnou, 1208, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00
© Muséum Genève

🖼 current temporary exhibitions: 

  • « Tout contre la Terre » ⇒ 25th June 2023 (paying) / ” une exposition qui aborde, sous l’angle des émotions, le dérèglement climatique et l’érosion de la biodiversité. ” / more information here;
Tout contre la Terre © Muséum Genève
  • « Plastic Léman » ⇒ 22nd April 2023 / ” une exposition entièrement dédiée à la pollution par les plastiques et les microplastiques dans le lac Léman Comment expliquer cette pollution ? D’où provient-elle et en quelle quantité ? Quels sont les dangers ? Existe-t-il des solutions ? Retrouvez les réponses à ces questions sur une vingtaine de panneaux où se mêlent explications scientifiques, infographies et compositions photographiques. “;
Plastic Léman © Muséum Genève
  • 🖼 🐘 Miss Djeck raconte Trésors in conjunction with the MEG, and as part of the Trésors exhibition on the 3rd floor, this exhibition tells the story of a poor circus elephant and her demise . . .
  • 🖼 « 40 ans d’archéozoologie au Muséum » / more information here;
© Muséum Genève
Musée d’Histoire des Sciences

This museum is located within the 🌳 Parc du Perle du Lac, next to Lac Léman, and opposite the Botanical Gardens. It occupies 🏛 the beautiful Neo-Classical Villa Bartholoni (from the 1830s), and hosts a collection of scientific apparatus belonging to scientists and researchers from the 17th to 19th centuries. Every two years, La Nuit de la Science takes place here.

This 🖼 permanent collection of this museum is alwats FREE to visit, check for the temporary ones !

🔬 good to know: les mercredis des sciences – workshops for children;

© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences

🗺 also good to know: ask for the brochure to accompany the exhibition, and also the orienteering parcours leaflet for the park at the reception, and go explore!

Musée d’Histoire des Sciences ©

🗓 opening hours: 10h to 17h (SHUT Tuesday);

website & FB page

address: Parc de La Perle du Lac, 128 rue de Lausanne 1202, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: 41 22 418 50 60
© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences
© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences

🖼 current exhibition: « La Montagne, laboratoire des savants » – until April 2023 (extended) / FREE;

© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences
MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève)

The MEG is one of our favourite museums in Geneva . . . it is innovative and puts on fabulous temporary exhibitions, with accompanying workshops for families that are often inter-generational. The🖼 permanent exhibition at the MEG  is Les archives de la diversité humaine – here you will find more than a thousand objects from different world cultures – this is always FREE to visit.

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11h to 18h;

good to know: on the first Sunday of the month, the MEG’s temporary exhibition are FREE to visit, and there are sometimes workshops and guided visits on offer / also good to know: the MEG has a fabulous 🎨 children’s pack available for its temporary exhibitions, so be sure to ask about this at the entrance!

 see MBFF article to read about planning a family visit to the MEG ]

website & FB page

address: boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67,1205, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)22 418 45 50
© MEG Genève
MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire)

The MAH in Geneva is housed in a magnificent building, and is one of the largest museums in Switzerland, displaying over 650,000 sculptures, objects and paintings over 5 floors.

The MAH is free to visit, but you are asked to donate the amount that you’d like !

🌈 for children and families: the MAH has a great play area – Espace #mahfamily – next to the café & restaurant, and there is a full programme of guided visits for families and children !

[ see MBFF article for more information here ]

🖼 current exhibitionssee website for more information;

website & FB page

address: rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206, Geneva
© MAH Genève
Maison Tavel (Geneva)

La Maison Tavel is located in a historic building (the oldest private residence in Geneva), in the centre of the old town. The permanent exhibition is made up of paintings, etchings, maps, and furniture from historic Geneva, from the Middle Ages until the 19th century.

There is a parcours thématique that you can follow, and there are sometimes temporary exhibitions.


address: rue du Puits-St-Pierre 6, 1204, Geneva
© Maison Tavel
Musée Rath (Geneva)

The 🖼 Musée Rath hosts the MAH’s larger temporary exhibitions. Located next to the Grand Théâtre and the Conservatoire de musique on la Place de Neuve, the 🏛 Musée Rath has been a protected building since 1921. Open to the public in 1826, thanks to the generosity of the Rath sisters, it was the first museum of fine art in Switzerland, a « un temple des muses ». The exhibitions here are FREE to visit on the first Sunday of the month.

good to know: it is located right next to the lovely Parc des Bastions and old town;

🗓 opening hours: 11h to 18h (SHUT on Mondays);


address: place Neuve, 1204, Geneve / tel: +41 (0)22 418 33 40

🖼 current exhibition: see here;

© Musée Rath
MAMCO (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain)

The MBFF family members are regular visitors to the 🖼 MAMCO in Geneva. This modern and contemporary art museum in the Plainpalais area of Geneva is innovative and often very interactive (some exhibitions allow a tactile approach; some NOT, so do check!).

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12h to 18h (summertime from 17h);

🗓 first Sunday of the month, this museum is FREE!

🌈 for children and families, the MAMCO offers fabulous guided tours for children: 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Mini et Petit Rendez-Vous;

[ for more information about a family visit to the MAMCO, see separate MBFF article here ]

website & FB page

address: 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Genève / tel: +41 22 320 61 22
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

The Contemporary Art Museum is located in the same building as the MAMCO. It was founded in 1974 as the Kunsthalle de Genève, the first contemporary art centre in la Suisse Romande, a place of production, research and experimentation (a Kunsthalle, unlike a museum, has no permanent collection; it veers to the future, presenting emerging local and international artists).

good to know: on the first Sunday of the month, this museum and its temporary exhibition are FREE !

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11h to 18h (shut Mondays);

price: 5CHF/€ and FREE for under 18s;

🎨 workshops & guided visits for children and families: see here;

website & FB page

address: Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, 1205 Genève / tel: + 41 22 329 18 42
© Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (Red Cross & Crescent Museum)

A museum decicated to the history and work of the Red and Crescent Cross;

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday10h to 17h or 18h;

price (museum & temporary exhibition): adults 15CHF, 7CHF concessions, FREE for under 12s / price (temporary exhibition only): 5CHF;

🥗 good to know: there is a luminous, spacious self-service restaurant in the museum building (used frequently on weekdays by people working in the area), open Monday to Friday 7h30 to 16h30 and weekends 11h to 15h;

website & FB page

address: avenue de la Paix 17, 1202, Genève / tel: +41 (0)22 748 95 11
© Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge / Red Cross Museum Geneva
Musée Ariana (Musée Suisse de la Céramique et du Verre)

The 🏺 Musée Ariana is located near the UN and the Red Cross Museum in Geneva. The 🏛 palatial neo-Classic, neo-Baroque building which houses the Musée Ariana was built at the end of the 19th century by generous collector Gustave Revilliod, always with the intention of it becoming a museum; he chose the name Ariana in honor of his mother, from whom he had inherited his fortune.

This 🖼 permanent collection of this museum is always FREE to visit, and it recounts the history of ceramics and glass chronologically, but the 🖼 temporary exhibitions are paying – these are FREE on the first Sunday of the month ! / 🏺 current exhibitions – see here;

good to know: there is a beautiful park to explore outside;

for children & families: a coin enfants, treasure hunts and more / see here;

© Musée Ariana

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (SHUT on Monday), 10h to 18h;

 price: FREE for permanent exhibition / temporary exhibitions CHF5 / CHF8 and FREE for under 18s;

website & FB page

address: avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève / tel: +41 22 418 54 54
© Musée Ariana
© Musée Ariana
Musée Ariana – les jardins © Musée Ariana
Fondation Baur (Musée des Arts d’Extreme Orient)

This 🏛 museum’s collection is dedicated to about 9000 objects from 🌸 China and Japan and the building is an end of XIXth century hôtel particulier. The man behind this collection of art was Alfred Baur (1865-1951), and since 1995, the museum has acquired more donations.

🎨 for family activities, see here (like Chinese 🐉 dragons, origami . . . );

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (shut Mondays) from 14h to 18h;

price: permanent exhibition CHF10 and free for under 16s; temporary exhibition & permanent exhibition CHF15 and free for under 16s;

website & FB page

address: 8 rue Munier-Romilly, 1206, Geneva / tel: +41 22 704 32 82
© Fondation Baur
Le Musée Barbier-Mueller 

The 🏛 Musée Barbier-Mueller, located in the heart of the Vieille Ville in Geneva, displays Arts de l’Antiquité, de l’Afrique, de l’Asie et de l’Océanie. It was founded in 1977, and its function is to conserve, study and show a collection that was started by Josef Mueller in 1907 (a collection of tribal and classical art from many different civilisations).

The museum organises 🖼 temporary exhibitions, and these are the works of art that the public gets to see;

🎨 children’s activities & guided tours: see website FB page;

🗓 opening hours: every day from 11h to 17h;

website & FB page

address: rue Jean-Calvin, 10, 1204, Geneva / tel: +41 22 312 02 70
© Le Musée Barbier-Mueller / photo Luis Lourenço
Quartier Libre SIG

There are regular 🖼 temporary exhibitions at this super little exhibition space in central Geneva, on a tiny islet on the Rhône and next to Lac Léman.

🖼 current exhibition: Les Allumé-es / FREE / more information here;

website & FB page

address: Quartier Libre SIG, Pont de la Machine, 1204, Genève
© Quartier Libre SIG
Musée Patek Philippe

A private museum : ” en quelque 2500 montres, automates, objets précieux et portraits miniatures sur émail, il propose un fabuleux voyage à travers cinq siècles d’art horloger genevois, suisse et européen – ainsi qu’un panorama très complet de la production de Patek Philippe depuis 1839. Sans oublier une bibliothèque de plus de 8000 ouvrages en rapport avec la mesure du temps. “

Inaugurated in 2001, and housed in an art deco building, this museum was born of the passion of Philippe Stern, once president of the the last independent, family-owned Genevan watch manufacture, who had over time amassed a wonderful collection of clocks and watches. ” Son ambition est de faire découvrir et aimer le grand art horloger à un vaste public, de contribuer au rayonnement de la haute horlogerie à Genève et de favoriser la transmission de ce patrimoine aux jeunes générations.

opening days: Tuesday to Saturday;

website & Instagram

address: rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205, Genève

tel: +41 22 707 30 10
Bibliothèque de Genève

You’ll find some interesting exhibitions at the Bibliothèque de Genève!


address: Bibliothèque de Genève, Promenade des Bastions 1, 1211, Geneva
© Bibliothèque de Genève
Fondation Martin Bodmer (Cologny)

La Fondation Martin Bodmer est à la fois une bibliothèque patrimoniale exceptionnelle – inscrite au Patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO –, un lieu de recherche et de conservation, ainsi qu’un musée ouvert à tous, dédié à l’écrit, des origines de l’écriture jusqu’à nos jours.

Currently, only the temporary exhibitions are available; the parcours permanent is being reworked.

website & FB page

address: Fondation Martin Bodmer, route Martin-Bodmer 19, 1223, Cologny
© Fondation Martin Bodmer
© Fondation Martin Bodmer
Geneva Lux Festival (centre of Geneva)

✨ Geneva Lux, the Ville de Genève‘s very own light festival runs for a week or so at the end of January, with 26 light installations. Be sure to wrap up warmly for our evening stroll!

website & FB page
© Festival Geneva Lux
Cimetière des Rois

An outdoor exhibition in this historic spot in Geneva. Until 31st March 2023;

⇒ more information here
Sculpture Garden Bienniale (Parc des Eaux-Vives)

The first edition of 🎨 « Sculpture Garden » ran in the summer 2018 in the lovely 🌳 Le Parc des Eaux-Vives. There are sculptures and performances, and a parcours to wander through . . .

© Espaces Contemporains
Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

Not a museum, rather an interactive creative centre, the MBFF family are huge fans of 🎨 La Maison de la Créativité . . . a house and gardens full of treasures for children, wonderful workshops, an outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . aimed at children up to the age of 8 years.

🗓 open to public: Wednesdays (9h30 until midday AND 14h30 to 17h30) AND one Saturday per month (9h30 to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30) AND during Swiss school holidays / ☀️ SHUT over summer holidays!

price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years;

parking: on route de Florissantand then a short walk (or bring draisienne!);

 see MBFF article for more information about planning a family visit ]

website & FB page

address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90
Maison de la Créativité ©
Villa Bernasconi Lancy (Lancy, Geneva)

The Villa Bernasconi houses the Centre d’art de la Ville de Lancy, and since 1997 has been offering contemporary art exhibitions, bandes déssinés and illustrations, as well as performances, concerts, readings and workshops. The neoclassically inspired house was built in 1828, and it is located in a beautiful park next to the Aire river.

website & FB page

address: route du Grand-Lancy 8, 1212, Geneva, Switzerland
© Villa Bernasconi
© Villa Bernasconi
Le Cairn : la villa du jardin botanique alpin (Jardin Botanique Alpin de Meyrin)

Le premier « musée joyeux » de Genève à Meyrin ! Du 28 septembre 2022 au 26 février 2023, le Jardin des images accueille une programmation pluridisciplinaire autour des images et de leur faculté à s’animer, pour les familles et les enfants jusqu’à 8 ans. Au programme, notamment, des ateliers d’arts plastiques, de danse en famille, une sélection d’œuvres cinématographiques pour le jeune public / programme;

website & FB page

address: chemin du Jardin Alpin 7, 1217, Meyrin;
Palexpo temporary exhibitions (Geneva)

The Geneva Palexpo is used for temporary exhibitions. Here below, the MBFF winners of free entrance to exhibition « The Art of the Brick » (tickets kindly offered by « The Art of the Brick »):

The Art of the Brick at Palexpo ©
Musée de Carouge (Carouge, near Geneva)

The 🏛 Musée de Carouge is a lovely place to visit! It is FREE to visit!

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h /

🖼 current & upcoming exhibitions: see here;

website & FB page

address: Place de Sardaigne 2, 1227, Carouge / tel: +41 (0)22 307 93 80
© Musée de Carouge

also in Carouge until April . . .

© Ville de Carouge



In Nyon, a combined ticket covers entrance to all 3 museums in the town (and all three are FREE on a Sunday), valid 12 months:

Musées de Nyon © Amis des Musées de Nyon
Musée du Léman & Aquarium (Nyon)

The 🐟 Musée du Léman & Aquarium is a museum dedicated to the 💦 history of Lac Léman and 🐟 an aquarium too!

🎨 l’atelier Créa’lac – every 3rd Sunday of month, a workshop for children at 15h30;

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, April until October, 10h to 17h and November to March 14h to 17h;

🗓 good to know – FREE every first Sunday of the month ! / also good to know 1 x entrance = free access to the 🏛 Musée Romain and the 🏰 Château de Nyon (valid 12 months);

price: CHF8 adults, CHF7 per child (under 16s free) / also good to knowthere is a 🌈 super playground right next door and picnic spot!

website & FB page

address: quai Louis-Bonnard 8, 1260, Nyon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0) 22 316 42 50

🖼 permanent exhibition: « Petite Nature? » (36 questions to decode the the secrets of the lake!);

🖼 temporary exhibitions: see here;

Musée Romain de Nyon

The foundations of the basilica of the forum were discovered in 1974 and since 1979 the 🏛 Musée Romain has been here, within the walls, allowing visitors a glimpse into the world of ancient Noviodunum.

MBFF visited in 2019, and the boys really enjoyed the museum, with a little treasure hunt available for kids!

🗓 opening hours: November to March, Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 17h; April to October, 10h to 17h;

website & FB page

address: rue Maupertuis 9, CH-1260, Nyon / tel: +41 22 316 42 80

good to know: take the time to explore Nyon’s Roman ruins while on a visit to the museum . . .

Nyon – Roman columns ©
Le Château de Nyon 

Originally a maison forte (fortified house) dating from the middle of the 12th century, 🏰 the Château de Nyon was altered in the 16th century by the Bernese. After the Vaud Revolution of 1798, the castle was bought by the City of Nyon, and it therefore contains: courts, assemblies of the municipal council, prisons and, since 1888, the museum. The castle was completely restored between 1999 and 2006, and it holds a large collection of porcelain produced in the 18th century in the famous Nyon factory as well as objects that tell us about Nyon’s 3000 year history.

It also offers 🖼 temporary exhibitions devoted to historical themes or contemporary art.

🖼 current temporary exhibitions: see here;

website & FB page

address: Château de Nyon, Place du Château, CH - 1260 Nyon;
tel: +41 (0)22 316 42 73
Château et Jardins de Prangins (near Nyon)
© Château de Prangins
LAUSANNE & environs

Lausanne has some wonderful museums / see here or here for a long list!

good to know: in Lausanne, many of the museums are FREE on the first Saturday of the month (while in Nyon and in Geneva, it is the first Sunday of the month!) ]

Here is a short list of suggestions, with families in mind, some tried and tested by MBFF:

Musée Olympique (Lausanne)

We visited this museum with our boys a couple of winters ago, en-route back from the Montreux Christmas market . . . we had so much fun! It is really interactive and very pedagogic! The museum opened to the public in 1993 and was renovated in 2012.

Olympic Park – there is a lot of fun to be had with kids outside the museum, in the museum grounds overlooking Lac Léman and the Alps . . . 8,000m2 of green space, with sports installations to try out and with works of art (Niki de Saint-Phalle, Botero, Tapies and Calder);

🥗 TOM café upstairs (stunning views) has a children’s menu * NB only brunch menu at the weekend! *

🗓 opening hours: October to April, Tuesday to Sunday (shut Mondays), 10h to 18h; from May to October, daily from 9h to 18h;

price: CHF19, children (6 to 16 years) CHF10 and under 6 years FREE;

🖼 current exhibition: « Riding the Olympic Wave » ⇒ March 2023;

© Musée Olympique Lausanne
website & FB page

address: The Olympic Museum, 1 quai d'Ouchy, 1006, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 21 621 65 11
Musée Olympique Lausanne ©
© Musée Olympique Lausanne
Espace des Inventions (Lausanne)

The 🖼 Espace des Inventions in Lausanne is a place for families and children to experience and experiment with science, technology and art, through its exhibitions.

🗓 opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 14h to 18h and Sunday and bank holidays, 10h to 18h

price: children CHF5, adults CHF7;


address: Vallée de la Jeunesse 1, 1007, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)21 315 68 80
Espace des Inventions © Lausanne Tourisme
Plateforme 10 (Lausanne)

Plateforme 10 is the NEW quartier des arts (art district) in Lausanne! The industrial and rail storage area, near the current train station, has been transformed by architects into 🖼 a contemporary art and culture space – 25,000m2 now houses several museums:

  • 🖼 Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (mcb-a);
  • 🖼 Musée de l’Elysée (Musée cantonal de la photographie);
  • 🖼 mudac (Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains);
website & FB page

address: Place de la Gare 16, 1003, Lausanne,
© Plateforme 10
Fondation de l’Hermitage (Lausanne)

Located in a 19th century building, and surrounded by a park, la Fondation de l’Hermitage has 🖼 temporary exhibitions devoted to les beaux-arts, from the Renaissance to today!

website & FB page

address: Fondation de l'Hermitage, route du Signal 2, 1018, Lausanne
© Fondation de l’Hermitage
AQUATIS aquarium & vivarium (Lausanne)

MBFF visited in December 2021, and we absolutely loved 🐟 AQUATIS aquarium & vivarium, which has been open to the public since October 2017!

🥗 restaurant on-site: Piranha, with a view on the piranha pool!

🗓 opening hours: November until March 10h to 18h, every day; April until October 9h to 19h, every day / price: CHF29, children (5 to 15) CHF19, under 5s FREE;

[ to read about MBFF’s visit en famille, see separate article here ]

website & FB page

address: AQUATIS aquarium - vivarium, route de Berne 144, 1010, Lausanne, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)21 654 23 23
VEVEY & environs
Alimentarium (Vevey)

A museum all about food and nutrition!

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday (shut Mondays), 10h until 17h or 18h;

website & FB page

address: Quai Perdonnet 25, CH-1800, Vevey, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)21 924 41 11
© Alimentarium Vevey
Villa “Le Lac” Le Corbusier (Corseaux, near Vevey)

La Villa “Le Lac” is a small house built by famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier for parents in 1923, in Corseaux. Since 2010, it is a museum structure offering: temporary exhibitions, an eduction centre working with higher education and the building is (since 2016) listed in Patrimoine Mondial de l’UNESCO.

🗓 opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11h until 17h;


address: route de Lavaux 21, Corseaux
Chaplin’s World (Vevey)

Located above Vevey, and with 3000m2 of grounds, this unique centre was 🌳 Charlie Chaplin’s home and gardens! Today, it is an interactive museum that tells the life of the cinematic icon Charles Spencer Chaplin . . . a temple to one of the great 20th century artist!

website & FB page

address: route de Fenil 2, 1804, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
Musée Jenisch (Vevey)

A museum since 1897, and the second art museum in the canton de Vaud, in the neoclassical building you’ll find lots of temporary exhibitions, as well as the permanent collection, from the Renaissance through to the modern era: Bocion, Courbet, Corot, Hodler, Vallotton, Picasso, Morandi, Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Bonnard, Degas, Warhol;

website & FB page

address: Musée Jenisch Vevey, avenue de la Gare 2, 1800, Vevey, Switzerland
Images Vevey

A biannual photo exhibition throughout Vevey !

website & FB page

address: Place de la Gare 3, 1800, Vevey
Musée Suisse du Jeu (La Tour-de-Peilz)

A scenic location in a castle overlooking Lac Léman, this museum tells the 🎲 history of games (5000 years of history!) . . . and lets you play some of them too! There is a restaurant on-site: Joker;

🗓 opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11h until 17h30;


address: rue du Château 11; CH-1814, La Tour-de-Peilz / tel: +41 (0)21 977 23 00

And not too far from Lac Léman . . .

Château de Vullierens sculptures (Vullierens)

A visit to the 🏰 Château & Domaine de Vullierens is an absolutely FABULOUS FAMILY VISIT: a manor house, 🎋 beautiful iris gardens, 🌳 a magical forest for children, views of the mountains . . . and over 80 sculptures are dotted across the 30 hectares of land, from 21 Swiss and international artists! The sculptures in the gardens fit so aesthetically, and are a beautiful addition to the gardens – Étienne Krähenbühl‘s Le Bing Bang is donged every day at at 15h!

[ read more about the sculptures and sculptors here ]

© Château de Vullierens

Children will delight in 🦎 Le Royaume du Roi Lézard, a magical forest with so much to discover (be sure to ask for the map at the entrance).

A visit to these beautiful gardens comes highly recommended by MBFF (article to come!);

website & FB page

address: Les Jardins du Château de Vullierens, CH-1115, Vullierens, Switzerland

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