“Splash!” (Plouf!) – the new exhibition at the Musée du Léman officially opened last week and will run right through until September 2018. Note: The museum will be open from 10:00 – 17:00 on Friday to Sunday over the Easter weekend.
The exhibition is a fascinating look at the history of bathing/swimming in and around the lake plus other lake-related leisure activities.
There’s plenty to see: from vintage posters which promoted the lake and its delights, to a collection of old swimming costumes, maps and exhibits. On one of the maps, there’s even a mythical monster that was reputed to be in the lake!
A small collection of vintage personal photos ( found at a flea market) shows a family swimming in the lake in the 1930’s.
There is a section illustrating the various public campaigns over the years to keep the lakeside free from new construction and to make the lake more accessible to the general public and to keep the lake free from waste and litter.
The exhibition covers both the Swiss and French side of the lake.
The exhibition is suitable for all ages. There is a small self-service café in the museum and the museum is situated next to a lovely little children’s park.
Note: The text of the exhibits is currently in French but will be translated into English very soon.
Check out the submarine (which once operated in the lake) in the permanent collection in the museum.
Children’s birthday parties can be organised at the museum.