Only a couple of weeks away from its first anniversary, nest is one of the new museums in the area. If you didn’t get it directly from the name, nest is dedicated entirely to the story of Henri Nestlé, the founder of Nestlé company, and of course all the Nestlé activities and products.

Own by Nestlé, there were many similarities with the other Nestlé-owned museums in the area – the Alimentarium and the Maison Cailler – though nest was the most modern and high-tech of all three. The building by itself was really beautiful – industrial but airy with lots of modern architecture.

We visited it in February, using our Swiss Museum Pass. Each of us was given an audio guide. It was directly connected to the museum network thus it automatically detected our location and guided us perfectly. Similar to Maison Cailler, on the first floor we started in a small group. We walked from one room to another, listened to the audio guides telling us history of how Henri Nestlé started his empire, while watching automated shows. It was interesting as well as entertaining.

On the second floor, we followed the history and products of Nestlé through the many display cubes. Each had a “scan” symbol where we could point the audio guide to start the story of that particular product.

This floor was informative and interesting though one needed a lot of time to listen and look at the displays. Thankfully there were many specifically made for children – ones that they could watch and/or played with. As expected, they were full of product placement, but they were genuinely fun.

If those were not enough, we also discovered that the play area was quite fun. There the children could put on their helmets and work. There were loads of boxes and barrels of Nestlé products that need to be piled up, scanned…

put on the scale…

or just to play with!

We finished our visit with an ice cream, cake and coffee at the Café Henri. The café was spacious, and though new, had the rustic industrial look that I adore. The was space dedicated for young children, as well as coloring page, crayons and boxes of games to keep those mini people busy.

There was a museum shop where one could buy souvenirs as well as chocolates and other Nestlé products. I saw many small decorations that must be well-thought of, such as the blooms on a tree made of used Nespresso pods. Love them.

In conclusion, we liked this museum as it was interesting, fun and entertaining. The games and play area worked well for my young children (aged 5 and 8). I believe it’s the kind of museums that we visit once, unless they have something new to add. But we’ll come back for the Café (they do brunch too, btw). Museum tickets are priced a bit high (thank goodness for Museum Pass), but there are special prices for family or a RailAway offer that offers discount when coming with train.

Finally FYI, this Saturday 20 May 2017, nest will be one of 11 museums in Swiss Riviera that will participate on Nuit des Musées 2017. The museum will open continuously from 5pm to midnight for free!