Museums and Exhibitions
The region draws its inspiration from its heritage, its soul from its traditions and its dynamism from a multicultural environment. Passionate about cinema, literature, architecture or painting? The museums of the region will satisfy your curiosity and passion.
The Morges region offers you a wide range of museums that will show you the customs and way of life of the Romans, the fauna and flora of the largest lake in Western Europe, the way of life in Switzerland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a vegetable garden, agricultural machinery, models of artillery, collections of glasses, figurines, porcelains, silverware and also dolls and toys of the past. You can also follow the footsteps of the famous guests of our beautiful region. Whether they have only stayed for a few months or have lived there for several years, all have left a little of their history behind.
Musée Alexis Forel : https://museeforel.ch/
Fondation Bolle : http://www.fondationbolle.ch/
Maison du Dessin de presse : http://mddp.ch/
Fondation Jan Michalski : http://www.fondation-janmichalski.com/
Musée du Cheval : http://www.muche.ch/
Museums in Morges castle
Built to protect the town in the Middle Ages, Morges Castle is now an important cultural and recreational attraction with four museums under its roof: the military museum, figurine museum, artillery museum and police museum.
Built in the 13th century by Louis of Savoy on the shore of Lake Geneva, Morges Castle now accommodates four museums. The Military Museum presents 350 years of history. It focuses on locals from the Lake Geneva Region who went into Foreign Service, particularly Napoleon’s army, and also on military writers. The Swiss Historic Figurine Museum shows historic reconstitutions of battlefields depicting military figurines dressed in warrior uniforms. The collection was put together by Raoul Gérard. The Artillery Museum gives an overview of the history of cannons from the Burgundy wars to our time. 40 artillery devices and their projectiles illustrate this evolution. The Police Museum, which was opened in 2006, tells the story of the Lake Geneva police corps founded in 1803. The police comprised 100 foot policemen, mainly locals who had fought in Napoleon’s army. The renowned Polish pianist, composer and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski lived in Morges from 1897 until 1940, the year before his death. The museum brings memories of this musician and politician alive with the help of archived documents, a huge library, recordings and some of Paderewski’s belongings. Discover his story, and learn how this pianist became a true hero of the Polish cause during his country’s most difficult years. Situated in the old Bernois granary from 1991 to 2016, the Paderewski Museum is now established in the Morges Castle and displays a new design which is both modern and interactive.
Château de Morges
Rue du Château 1
1110 Morges – CH
Fax: +41 21 316 09 91
Tel : +41 21 316 09 90
Prangins Castle – Swiss national museum
The majestic castle of Prangins near Nyon is the only sub-branch of the National Museum in French-speaking Switzerland. Prangins is a not-to-be missed cultural site in the region thanks to its 18th century castle, the largest that can be visited in Switzerland, and its historic vegetable garden, also the country’s largest of its kind.
Built around 1730 in a magnificent park above Lake Geneva, the castle of Prangins houses the Swiss National Museum, which is dedicated to modern, democratic and industrial Switzerland between 1730 and 1920. The permanent exhibitions take you to the century of Enlightenment, in particular “Noblesse oblige! Life at the château”, which shows the daily life of a noble family of the county of Vaud. The temporary collections focus on topics related to Swiss culture or current topics. Countless activities intended for groups and families bring these collections alive. The Swiss National Museum continues outdoors, featuring a cultural path “The Walk of Enlightenment” as well as a huge historical vegetable garden. The produce of the ancient varieties grown here can be tasted at the Café du Château. For private or professional events alike, the castle of Prangins offers three character rooms as well as a café and its magnificent terrace.
Musée national suisse Château de Prangins
Avenue Général Guiguer 3
1197 Prangins – CH
Tel : +4122 994 88 90
Little touristic train
From spring until the end of the summer, the Morges tourist train offers its passengers a leisurely trip from the shores of Lake Geneva, through the town and into wine country. Although this colourful train is a particular favourite with children, these comfortable, scenic tours are popular with everyone.
The Morges tourist train takes its passengers on a wonderful trip along the lakeshore, through the Parc de l’Indépendance, past the castle and various other sites and through the pedestrian streets of the city centre. Departing from the landing stage, there is a choice of two 45-minute tours of the vineyards or the town. Passengers are recommended to check the times before leaving and once on board, they can enjoy the journey through the vineyard and the vines and the Morges countryside past the splendid Vufflens Castle. Tickets can be purchased from the driver. Environment-friendly and accessible to all, the Little Train is fuelled with natural gas, has a platform for pushchairs and a place for a manual wheelchair. This 52 seat train can also be rented for special occasions.
Maison de la Rivière
Situated in Tolochenaz, near Morges and Lake Geneva, the Maison de la Rivière is a modern, educational centre dedicated to nature. Perfectly integrated into the Boiron, this unique place offers interactive exhibits inside and entertaining educational activities outside.
Dedicated to this common but little known ecosystem, the Maison de la Rivière offers a variety of unique facilities: outside activities, lake aquarium, giant tactile wall, educational pond, birdhouses, etc., all perfectly integrated into the countryside. Situated on the Trout Trail, the Maison de la Rivière combines fun, tourist and educational activities. Perfect for families. The permanent exhibition of the Maison de la Rivière tells visitors all about the local natural and cultural heritage, highlighted by two key attractions: Jacques Piccard’s submarine, F.A.-Forel,, which plumbed the depths of Lake Geneva for 20 years and the observation channel, unique in Switzerland, where visitors can watch the fish that swim in our rivers. The Maison de la Rivière has two main missions: fundamental and applied research and education about the environment in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
Maison de la Rivière
Chemin du Boiron 2
1131 Tolochenaz – CH
Tel : +41 21 546 20 60
Morges Swimming pool
- 1 Olympic pool
- 1 pool for non-swimmers
- 1 paddling pool
- Water slide
- Table tennis
- Games for children
- Beach volleyball
Cheese factory Dufaux
Discover three cheeses from the Lake Geneva Region that carry the “ protected designation of origin ” label (AOP), along with other gourmet specialities
Jacques-Alain Dufaux, well-known as a food aficionado in this region, offers about a hundred cheeses that originate mainly from Switzerland and the Lake Geneva Region. Pride of place in his shop window is given to three local cheeses that carry the “ protected designation of origin ” or AOP label – Gruyère, Etivaz and Vacherin Mont-d’Or. They are surrounded by other savoury specialities from this region such as Tomme Fleurette and Maréchal. As well as being a cheese lover, Jacques-Alain Dufaux is fond of his region’s fine wines – and he claims that nothing can beat a strong Roquefort washed down with a sweet wine from the Domaine de Marcelin. Hard or soft cheese? Made with milk from cows, ewes or goats? No matter what you prefer, you will find it at Fromagerie Dufaux. It should be mentioned that customers with the most discerning palates have crowded into this little emporium, including the actress Audrey Hepburn who was Morges’ most famous resident.
Fromagerie Alain Dufaux
Rue Centrale 4
1110 Morges – CH
Tel : +41 21 801 12 93
Sources de la Venoge
The Venoge, a river immortalised in 1954 by the famous Vaudois poet Jean Villars-Gilles, has its source in the upper part of the village of L’Isle. The two most important sources are Le Chauderon and Le Puits, but there are a total of six.
A seventh source is a few metres to the east of Le Chauderon. It feeds the Venogette, a tributary of the Venoge. The space between these two rivers formed an “ island ”, which probably gave the name to the village of L’Isle. The main source, Le Chauderon, is located in the lower area of the City. It is a Vaucluse source. 700 m further upstream is Le Puits, which is in fact an overflow of Le Chauderon. This source only comes into action during heavy rains or when the snow melts. At a still undetermined period, perhaps Roman, a dam was built to direct the water into canals located on either side of the river in order to irrigate the fields or bring water to an inhabited site
Balade : L’Isle – Les Sources de la venoge
Exploring the main sights of Morges with a map in your hand: there’s nothing different about this classic tour of the town, except that, in this case, you’ve got to have a golf club and a golf ball too! This is the CityGolf concept: a fun way to visit the town with family and friends.
One of the attractions of golf is that it’s a game you play outside while enjoying the scenery. So why not transpose these sensations to an urban environment? This original way of exploring the town is the CityGolf concept devised by the Morges Tourist Office. Equipment can be hired from the tourist office and while booking is not essential, it is recommended for groups. This derivative version of golf is played with a three-sided club and a big foam ball. And once the players have got their plan showing them where to go and their club and swin golf ball, they set off on a search for the blue and red posts designating the starting point and target area respectively. The perfect way to have a laugh and explore the town! With CityGolf, there’s no need to practice your swing. The main thing is to take part, have fun and avoid hitting your ball into Lake Geneva!
Morges Région Tourisme
Rue du Château 2 CP 55
1110 Morges – CH
Tel : +41 21 801 32 33
All year round, a traditional market is held on the pedestrian Grand-Rue of Morges.
The many craftsmen and shopkeepers offer the fruit of their work: local produce, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meat, cold cuts, crafts, etc. This market is held every Wednesday and Saturday. This is a must-see event for all Morgians.
Discover the lacustrine region and admire the wonderful landscapes of the Coast.
Passion Nautique is divided into two entities, the Petit-Bois’ nautical base and the shop on rue Lausanne 56. The nautical base has a tent with a terrace facing the Mont-blanc, it offers courses, rentals, subscriptions, events and boat trips on Lake Geneva including nautical activities. For a quieter outing, Passion Nautique offers the possibility of renting Stand Up Paddle, Kayak, Canoe, Surfski and Pirogue. Want to improve in one of these activities? Classes are available. Passion Nautique also offers the rental of pedalos. For thrill seekers, Passion Nautique offers trips in Water-skiing, Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing and towed buoy. Everyone gets something out of it: children, adults, families and persons with restricted mobility.
Port du Petit-Bois
1110 Morges – CH
Tel : +41 79 898 17 05
Wine tasting pass
Over 50 Vins de la Côte winemakers would like to offer you a complete Wine Tasting Package
No need to make an appointment and no obligation to buy ! The winemaker at each cellar will offer you the chance to taste six wines for CHF 15.-. Your tasting will be free of charge if you purchase six bottles.
Vineyard walk in the Morges Region
Discover the vineyards of Morges region through a smartphone app! This fun ride takes you to the discovery of artisans and winemakers by following a trail lined with quiz questions and fascinating anecdotes.
Download Vaud Guide Application Vaud:Guide.
- Select the “ wine tourism Walk of Morges Region ”
Get an overview of our 2 routes to choose
N°1: The walk in the vineyard
- 4.8 km in the vineyards of Morges
- Approximately 3 hours of walking
N°2: The walk in the city of Morges
- 1.5 km in the town of Morges
- Around 1h30 walk
Routes can be realized separately or in a loop, for example by starting with # 1 and achieving the 2 following.
Let’s play !
The course is marked out of three differents possibilities:
- Multiple choice questions - Radar Tests with research and finding a specific location
- Reminders of the views that are worth to be immortalized by a photo
- Although sure to read the “ Text end ” after receiving the right answer because it is full of information and interesting details that justify the right answer!