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Fishing and lake Ecomuseum

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Fishing and lake Ecomuseum
  • Fishing and lake Ecomuseum
  • Fishing and lake Ecomuseum

The fishing and lake open-air museum opened in 1987 and has found its place in the heart of the fishing village in Port de Rives. It is sheltered by three traditional huts and beats to the tune of the professional fishermen who are never far away.


The Ecomusée de la Pêche et du Lac (open-air fishing and lake museum) is on Thonon-les-Bains’ fishing port in traditional fishing huts. It is strongly influenced by professional fishermen past and present and visitors can admire their work before heading off to explore the lake’s ecosystem.

History and techniques: the open-air museum tracks the evolution of local fisheries science techniques, fishing with a "big spear" to catching crayfish. All Lake Geneva’s fishing equipment and tools are on display: Boats, motors, nets and keepnets.

Observe the lake fish, trout, perch and even Arctic char in the four aquariums.

A display of stuffed lake-dwelling birds will help you recognise the species in the natural habitat.

The museum has had a large interactive game since 2007 for kids to put fish and birds in their rightful place in the ecosystem. This fun and educational site is ideal for solo visits and family outings!

Complément accueil

  • Minimum age : 2 years


  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Educational visits
  • Permanent entertainments organiser
  • Guided tours
  • Unguided individual tours


  • Close to thermal establishment
  • Lakeside or by stretch of water
  • Town location
  • Close to a public transportation
  • Close to pleasure port
  • Pedestrian area


Full price : 2.70 €.
Twinned tickets with the Musée du Chablais full price: 4.30€.

Reduced rate: 2.30€.
Guided tour reduced rate: 2.90€.
Combined tickets with the Musée du Chablais reduced rate : 3.20€
(Seniors, children from 11 to 18 years old, teachers, unemployed, disabled persons, leisure card).

Groups (from 10 people and on reservation): 2.30€.
Accompanying adults are free.

Free for children under 18 years old.

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Payment methods

  • Cash

Opening period

From 01/06 to 30/06
Opening hours between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Schedules of guided tour at 3 pm and at 4.30 pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

From 01/07 to 31/08
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Schedules of guided tour at 11 am and at 3 pm and at 4.30 pm.

From 01/09 to 30/09
Opening hours between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Schedules of guided tour at 3 pm and at 4.30 pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Spoken languages

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch

Adapted tourism

  • Hearing disability


The eco-museum is located in the heart of the professional fishermen's village, in the district of Rives, at the foot of the castle of Rives.

Additional booking

Individual guided tours are available without reservation


Pets allowed : No


  • Promotional offers : Partner of the "Pass Léman": free entrance for all Pass Léman holders, valid for 48 hours on many activities in Thonon and at the tourist offices of the Alpes du Léman region and Destination Léman

  • Services for children : To discover the Ecomuseum in a different way and to discover the secrets of Lake Geneva, a booklet of games is available for young visitors. Guided tours for families are offered every Saturday from July to September at 4:30 pm.

Fishing and lake Ecomuseum
  • Museum of France
  • Municipal museum
  • Eco-museum
Port de Rives 74200 Thonon-les-Bains