History of the Museum



Nyon has always existed in direct contact with the remains of its past; the mediaeval and modern town completely covers the remains of the Roman town, and its centre has remained on the same site since ancient times. Roman materials were frequently used in later buildings and the finds dug up over the centuries now constitute the core of the Museum's collections.

A local history museum was founded in 1860 and this was when genuine archaeological research commenced. This museum was subsequently installed in the Castle and continued to develop. From the 1930's on research was stepped up and great strides began to be made in knowledge of the Roman colony.

In 1979, following the 1974 discovery of the basilica in the Roman forum, and thanks to support from visionary political and scientific authorities, a new museum was laid out below ground level to house the Roman collections, its area demarcated by what remains of the foundations of the ancient building.

The lightness of touch adopted for the scenic aspect of the exhibition has stood up to two major reorganisations - the extension in 1993 and the renovation of the permanent exhibition in 2009.



Reserve your visit

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Reservation form for your visit

Program for schools

Program for schools more

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

Birthdays at the Roman Museum

Birthdays at the Roman Museum more

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

Roman days in Nyon more

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!