7 Culture Vaud Military Museum, Morges
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
Adults 10 CHF
Seniors 9 CHF
Students 8 CHF
Children from 6 to 16 years 3 CHF
Dates of availabilities
Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 13:30-17:00. (July and August : 10:00-18:00 non-stop)
Proposed visits and duration
On request, reserve 5 days in advance
From 10 to 20 people 140 CHF supplement to the group entry fee of 8 CHF
French, German, English