Musée du Léman Entrance

The secrets of Lake Geneva revealed in Nyon

Sep 28, 2018

Can the lake flood its banks? Is its water too clean? Does it have jellyfish, seaweed, oil or pearls in it? All questions that the new permanent exhibition entitled “Petite nature?” at the Musée du Léman, in Nyon, tries to answer.

The biggest lake in Western Europe, Lake Geneva is omnipresent in the everyday life of the people who live near it. They swim in it, fish in it, walk along it or cross it, admire it and draw 80 billion litres of water from it every year. But what do we know about its real nature? “Petite nature?” reveals some of Lake Geneva’s secrets: its origins, how it works, the life of its feathered, scaly or leafy inhabitants. It travels through time to project its visitors into the future of this lake which, despite its strength, remains vulnerable faced with climate change and human behaviour.

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