The castle of Nyon, a magnificent historical fortress, is located in the old town of Nyon with a beautiful view of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The castle, an important historical site, contains a famous exhibition of porcelain produced in Nyon, as well as the Historical Museum, which presents 3000 years of history of the region.
In a beautifully decorated dining room in the castle, the museum presents porcelain produced in Nyon from 1781 to 1813.
The Nyon Porcelain Manufactory was one of the two manufactories that existed in Switzerland at the time. It produced neoclassical pieces intended mainly for local customers of patricians and other notables. Kaolin, the raw material used for porcelain production, came from Saint-Yrieix near Limoges. The whiteness of Nyon porcelain was comparable to that of top-quality French products.
The Nyon Porcelain Manufactory was supported not by a regent, but by wealthy citizens. The riots of the revolution and the Napoleonic wars were a serious blow to this costly industry: porcelain production declined from 1805 onwards and was completely discontinued in 1813. However, faience was produced in the manufactory until 1979.
From Nov 1, 2019 To Mar 31, 2020
Free entry for children under 16.
Nyon Region Tourisme Museums Pass: 8 museums for the price of 12. - CHF.
The Pass is valid for 1 year from the first day of use.
The museums of Nyon are close on 24th/25th and on 30th/31st of December.
The museums of Nyon are open and free from 1st to 3rd January.