5 Culture Swiss National Museum Chateau de Prangins

With its enchanting setting overlooking Lake Geneva, Switzerland’s most important kitchen garden laid out according to ancient documents, the Château de Prangins is an ideal destination for visitors wishing to discover daily life in the 18th and 19th century. Various objects, written documents and multimedia stations present the cultural, political, economic and social aspects of Swiss history.



Discover the past as if through a kaleidoscope with constantly changing pictures linked by time and subject matter.

Life in Switzerland in the 18th and 19th centuries is presented from various angles, cultural and political, economic and social. An absorbing dialogue, realised through the exhibits, paintings, and photographs, presents the many facets of Swiss life during this period.

The architecture of the Château gives the permanent exhibition its form: each of the four floors is devoted to a particular theme:
- On the ground floor "Noblesse Oblige! Life at a Château in the Eighteenth's Century"
- The first floor illustrates how the Switzerland of the Ancien Régime was transformed into a modern state, and how an agricultural country became an urban, industrialised nation
- The top floor reminds the visitor that a vast number of the Swiss population emigrated before Switzerland became the land of immigration that it is today
- The cellars present aspects of the rural economy under the Ancien Régime, which had the château at its centre.


Public transport :
Direct train to Nyon from Geneva or Lausanne. Take bus no. 31 or 32 to Prangins.
From Nyon railway station, 30 minute walk to Château.

By car :
Motorway A1, and then follow signs: · From Geneva, take exit Nyon · From Lausanne, take exit Gland.
The Museum car park is situated on the main lake-side road, below the Château.

Tarifs, forfaits

Adults : 10 CHF
Senior citizens, AC, AI : 8 CHF
Children (until 16 years of age): free

Guided tours on request
Public tours : 10 CHF

Dates de validité

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including Bank holidays, Easter Monday , Whit Monday and 'Jeûne fédéral' Monday.

Closed : Mondays and December 25th, January 1st.

Visites guidées proposées et durées

Free visit : 1 hour 30
Guided visit : 1 hour 15

Langues parlées

French - German - English - Italian

Descriptif des services et/ou des infrastructures proposés

Visitor information desk
Conference rooms for rent
Meeting centre
Restaurant 'Le Café du Château'
Association of Friends of the Château de Prangins


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