A donation of 50,000 francs given on Tuesday by the UBS foundation for culture will bring a welcome boost to the rejuvenation treatment of the Swiss Museum of Games in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD).
Inaugurated more than 30 years ago, the Swiss Museum of Games (MSJ) in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD) will be modernized. The renovation project includes an innovative and interactive concept in order to showcase the museum’s collection and attract an even wider audience.
Created in the 1990s and with exhibition areas and contemporary scenography, the museum nestled in the heart of the castle of the city of Boélande is in need of urgent renovation and enhancement. A donation of 50,000 francs given on Tuesday by the UBS foundation for culture will bring a welcome boost to this facelift, the MSJ announced on Wednesday in a press release.
Act of playing
The “new museum” aims to offer a space where the visitor can live an “unforgettable experience”. This is thanks to state-of-the-art technology and interactivity that will make it possible to easily modify the contents of the exhibition at any time.
A multidimensional approach will showcase the tangible heritage of objects, but also their intangible side, represented by the act of playing and by the social relationships that result from it. Multimedia tools will use all the instruments and languages of contemporary communication.
A new permanent exhibition will be set up and spaces created for temporary presentations. The improvement of structures dedicated to didactic activities and the optimization of the reception of visitors are also planned.
The work of reflection on the new scenography started in 2020. In the long term, they should allow the MSJ to attract more young audiences. In order to carry out this project, the foundation that manages the museum has secured the skills of Lorenzo Greppi, a scenographer with international experience. The budget for the project is estimated at more than two million francs.
Castle also renovated
For its part, the city of La Tour-de-Peilz, owner of the premises, plans to undertake renovations and partial transformations of the castle. An architectural competition launched by the Municipality made it possible to select a project which preserves the castle and which allows the museum to expand its various spaces. A restaurant could be created in its enclosure.
The only museum in the world dedicated to the history of games (and not of toys), the MSJ traces 5,000 years of cultural history of games from around the world. Over the decades, it has acquired the reputation of an internationally recognized competence center, he recalls.