Les meilleures activités autour du lac Léman

4 Culture Vaud Military Museum, Morges

Morges, the city for those who love great strolls and local products, brims with witnesses of the past. Facing the somptuous Mont-Blanc, its cultural centre and its harbour adorned with sentry boxes give it a unique charm. The castle, built in the XIIIth century, houses a collection of weapons, armors, uniforms, artillery and figurines : more than 10'000 objects that retraces the military history of the Pays de Vaud and Switzerland, from the Middle Ages to the Cold War. Since 2016, an exhibition is also dedicated to Ignace Paderewski, famous pianist and Polish statesman, inhabitant of Morges for more than 40 years.


  • T. : +41 (0)21 316 09 90 (château)
  • T.2 : +41 (0)21 801 32 33 (Morges Région Tourisme)
  • Email : chateau-morges@vd.ch
  • Site :
  • GPS : 46.50657 / 6.496750
  • Adresse :
    • Morges
    • Rue du Château 1
    • Case postale 16
    • 1110 Morges, Suisse

In the 13th century, the bishops of Lausanne heirs to the county of Vaud, found themselves threatened by the two powerful houses of Savoy and Habsbourg. From 1240 Pierre II of Savoy 'the little Charlemagne' made himself a principality in the Country of Vaud which in 1286 became a prerogative of the youngest of the family, Louis de Savoy, who was the first baron of Vaud. It is he who built the castle and founded the town of Morges to oppose the bishop of Lausanne.

Consequently, the castle was used as a sporadic residence for the barons of Vaud then for the counts and dukes of Savoy when the baronie joined the crown.

After the revolution, the castle became property of the state of Vaud and was mainly used as an arsenal and since 1932 it has housed the Vaud Military Museum.

The castle is a perfect example of the 'carré Savoyard'. It does however include two particular features: The inner courtyard is raised to the level of the old entry which one reached via a drawbridge and the towers have round copings, a modification that was carried out in the 16th century at the time of the introduction of artillery.

Today the castle houses 5 museums:
> The Swiss museum of historical figurines
> The Vaudois Military museum
> The Vaudois Gendarmerie museum
> The Museum of Artillery
> The Paderewski Museum

Tarifs, forfaits

Entry fee:
Adults 10 CHF
Seniors 9 CHF
Students 8 CHF
Children from 6 to 16 years 3 CHF

Dates de validité

From 3 January to 18 December 2023
September to June
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00 non-stop
July and August
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00 non-stop
Monday closed

Visites guidées proposées et durées

On request, reserve 5 days in advance
From 10 to 20 people 90CHF supplement to the group entry fee of 8 CHF

Approx. 1:15h

Approx. 1:15h

Langues parlées

French, German, English


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