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“Petite nature”

Petite Nature

From 27th October 2019

36 questions to decode the lake

Can the lake overflow? Is the water too clean? Can there be jellyfish, algae, oil or pearls?

As the largest lake in Western Europe, Lake Geneva is omnipresent in the daily lives of its inhabitants. People swim in it, fish in it, walk along it or cross it and of course, admire it. 80 billion litres of water are drawn from it every year. But do we know its true nature?

This exhibition reveals some of the secrets of Lake Geneva: its origins, its functioning, the life of its feathered, scaled or leafy inhabitants. It goes back in time to better project us into the future of this lake which, despite its strength, remains vulnerable to climate change and human behavior.

With a view on the Lake 

After illuminating a street in Morges for more than a century, an exceptional stained glass window is beginning its new life in Nyon. The house that housed it was to be demolished, so the Richard family donated it to the Musée du Léman.

Made in 1908 by the Pierre Chiara workshop in Lausanne, this Art Nouveau stained glass window is a jewel. Thanks to the generosity of the Ernest Dubois Foundation, it has been superbly restored by glass and locksmiths.Installed on the second floor of the museum, this stained glass window fits in perfectly with the exhibition “Petite Nature”. It shows a view of the lake with plants and water birds. An interpretation table allows young and old alike to discover all the richness of the lake.