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Fishing and lake Ecomuseum

Port de Rives

The fishing and lake open-air museum opened in 1987 and has found its place in the heart of the fishing village in Port de Rives. It is sheltered by three traditional huts and beats to the tune of the professional fishermen who are never far away.

The Ecomusée de la Pêche et du Lac (open-air fishing and lake museum) is on Thonon-les-Bains’ fishing port in traditional fishing huts. It is strongly influenced by professional fishermen past and present and visitors can admire their work before heading off to explore the lake’s ecosystem.

History and techniques: the open-air museum tracks the evolution of local fisheries science techniques, fishing with a "big spear" to catching crayfish. All Lake Geneva’s fishing equipment and tools are on display: Boats, motors, nets and keepnets.

Observe the lake fish, trout, perch and even Arctic char in the four aquariums.

A display of stuffed lake-dwelling birds will help you recognise the species in the natural habitat.

The museum has had a large interactive game since 2007 for kids to put fish and birds in their rightful place in the ecosystem. This fun and educational site is ideal for solo visits and family outings!


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From 01/06 to 30/06 between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

From 01/07 to 31/08, daily.

From 01/09 to 30/09 between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

  • Close to thermal establishment
  • Lakeside or by stretch of water
  • Town location
  • Close to a public transportation
  • Close to pleasure port
  • Pedestrian area

Reduced price: 2.10 €
Adult: 2.50 €
Child (11-18 years): 2.10 €.

Free entry for children < 11 years.

Payment method
  • Cash Cash

Equipment & comfort

  • Parking
Adapted Tourism
  • Hearing disability
  • Site, building partially accessible
  • Activity
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Educational visits
  • Permanent entertainments organiser
  • Guided tours
  • Unguided individual tours

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Exposition écomusée de la pêche et du lac

Opened in 1987, the Fishing and Lake Ecomuseum naturally found a home in a fishing village in the Port de Rives. Set up in three traditional huts, it keeps alive the memory of professional fishermen in Lake Geneva, but also reflects their work today.