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Café du Château

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  • Pentecost Today all day

  • Whit Monday 20.05.2024 all day

  • Swiss National Day 01.08.2024 all day

  • Swiss Federal Fast 15.09.2024 all day

  • Monday of the Swiss Federal Fast 16.09.2024 closed

  • Christmas Eve 24.12.2024 all day

  • Christmas Day 25.12.2024 closed

  • St. Stephen's Day 26.12.2024 all day

  • New Year's Eve 31.12.2024 all day

  • New Year's Day 01.01.2025 closed

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  • Good Friday 18.04.2025 all day

  • Easter Sunday 20.04.2025 all day

  • Easter Monday 21.04.2025 all day

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Château de Prangins

Avenue du Général Guiguer 3
1197 Prangins

Wheelchair accessible

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CHF 13

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The exhibition

Voltaire, Jacques Necker, Joseph Bonaparte, Katharine McCormick and Bernie Cornfeld are just some of the well-known figures who have lived or stayed at Château de Prangins. In the large hallway on the first floor, these former inhabitants reappear like ghosts to surprise visitors and recount anecdotes.

Historically, the gallery of a stately home served to link separate wings together and act as a place of transition between different spaces. Often sizeable, it became somewhere to stretch one’s legs or walk around when the weather was bad. Since it was an area that everybody had to pass through, it was frequently used to hang family portraits for all to gaze at. These former functions will be respected but addressed in a contemporary way. Bringing together various individuals from the past, the presentation also sets out to recreate the château’s sense of place or its soul, which is shaped by all those who lived, wrote, dreamed, wept, studied or collected there.

In an interactive and engaging presentation, visitors will learn about lives and stories, including the means of contraception that passed through the château on their way to the United States at the instigation of the biologist, philanthropist and feminist Katharine McCormick; the collapse of mutual fund company IOS and the sensational trial of financier Bernie Cornfeld; and the role played by Jacques Necker, Louis XVI’s finance minister, on 5 May 1789, the day the Estates General opened.

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