History of the collections



Since the 18th century when Pompeii and Herculaneum rose again from the ashes and underwent what can already be described as archaeological excavation, Classical Antiquity has aroused passions. In Nyon, the discoveries over time in cellars and below ground began to interest scholars and were to become the kernel of the Roman Museum’s collections.

The interest shown by local personalities in Nyon’s distant past contributed to the creation in 1860 of a local history museum which was already collecting Roman objects. In 1888, the collections initially housed in the school were taken to the ground floor of the Castle and presented to the town of Nyon. From the 1930s on, Edgar Pelichet, the curator of the Museum and cantonal archaeologist, was involved in increasing numbers of studies and research in situ. Showcases and storerooms in the Castle filled up with numerous discoveries, and knowledge about Roman Nyon advanced steadily until the spectacular discovery in 1974 of the foundations of the basilica located in the forum of the Roman colony.

The town decided to make this monument the setting for a new museum entirely dedicated to the roman archaeological finds, which was inaugurated in 1979.



Reserve your visit

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Reservation form for your visit

Program for schools

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The Roman Museum has a entire programm made espacially for schools!

Birthdays at the Roman Museum

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Choose between 4 workshops for your child's birthday! The plan is to jump back in time, to the Roman era.

Roman days in Nyon

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Every two years, The Roman day of Nyon shares archaeological research with the public, in a lively and accessible way.

Archaeological site

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Discover Nyon's archaeological site and its finds!

Support the Roman Museum!

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Would you like to support the Roman Museum?

Then join the AMN (Association des Amis des Musées de Nyon) or make a donation to the Roman Museum!