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Swiss Museum of Games – La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland

The Swiss Museum of Games opened in 1987 in La Tour-de-Peilz, a small city on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The museum is housed on the upper floors of a historic castle that dates back to the 13th century.

The museum’s collection tops more than 10,000 parlor, board, and video games from various time periods and regions around the world. A permanent exhibition is divided into ten different themes, including travel games, outdoor games, card games, dice games, and more. Temporary exhibitions are renewed annually and focus on specific gaming themes or private collections.

In addition to exhibits, the Swiss Museum of Games also boasts a library holding more than 5,000 game-related books and journals, the “Joker” bistro, and a specialty shop that sells educational games and collectibles. The castle’s courtyard is also home to a ludic course, which offers access to popular games such as hopscotch and chess, in a large, family-friendly format.


Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.