The Olympic Museum - ©  CIO/Lydie Nesvadba

The Olympic Museum

The Olympic Museum presents the cornerstones of olympism – sport, art and education – through its ultra-modern, interactive facilities. The most visited museum in Lausanne was founded by the ICO on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Fondation de l'Hermitage - ©  Yannic Bartolozzi

Fondation de l'Hermitage

The Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne is a showcase of Swiss and international artists of our time. Known throughout the world, the collection is housed in a beautiful mansion in its own grounds overlooking the city.

Collection of Art Brut - ©  Caroline Smyrliadis

Collection de l'Art Brut

⚠ CLOSED FOR WORKS FROM 29 APRIL TO 18 SEPTEMBER 2019 ⚠ One of Lausanne’s key museums, the Collection de l’Art Brut, housed in a magnificent mansion, is full of surprises with its unique collection of works by self-taught artists, far removed from conventional artistic codes.

Musée de l’Elysée - ©  Reto Duriet

Musée de l’Elysée

Free entry from June 2019 ! A stone’s throw from Lake Geneva, in a magnificent mansion in Lausanne, the Musée de l’Elysée is one of the biggest museums in Switzerland and the world dedicated entirely to the discipline of photography and holds a dozen or so international exhibitions every year.

mudac - ©  David Gagnebin-de-Bons


This ultra-modern museum with a firm focus on contemporary art puts on two permanent exhibitions and four to six temporary exhibitions a year. Covering design, graphics and fashion, the museum showcases all forms of modern art and loves building bridges between different styles.

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Vaud Museum of Fine Arts (mcb-a)

⚠ Currently closed. Opening of the exhibitions on 5 October 2019. ⚠ Opened in 1841, the Vaud Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne is one of the oldest Swiss museums exclusively dedicated to art. Located in the Palais de Rumine, it presents several temporary exhibitions a year from its collection of ...

Hodler et le léman, Pully Museum - © Mathieu Bernard-Reymond - Musée d'art de Pully

Pully Museum

A beautiful and completely restored building, the museum adjoins the family home of the writer C. F. Ramuz and houses an important collection related to his body of work. The temporary exhibitions promote regional visual art and alternate the presentations connected with the museum’s collections wit...

Swiss Film Archives - © LT/Laurent Kaczor

Swiss Film Archives

The Swiss Film Archives owns a collection of over 40,000 titles and is one of the most important film institutions in the world. Showings of films from its collection take place three times a day all year round, are cyclical and thematic and relevant to current issues.

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Submersion in the heart of architecture, town planning and everything relevant to the quality of the living and built environments: that is what is on offer at f’ar or Forum d’architectures. In documenting its history, it also proposes rethinking the whole town.

Espace Arlaud - ©  Michel Krafft/MZL

Espace Arlaud

In a beautiful building on the Place de la Riponne, the Espace Arlaud is the oldest museum in Lausanne, featuring only temporary eclectic exhibitions, mainly taken from the collections of the canton’s museums. Admission is free on the first Saturday of the month.

Musée historique Lausanne - © MHL/Claudine Garcia

Lausanne History Museum

The town’s history unfolds at Lausanne’s Historical Museum, entirely refurbished in 2018. The famous model of the Cité in 1638 introduces Lausanne, l’Exposition (Lausanne, the Exhibition), a new themed itinerary that bears witness to Lausanne’s very rich economic, social and cultural history.


Vaud Archaeology and History Museum

Housed in the Palais de Rumine, on the Place de la Riponne in the centre of Lausanne, the Vaud Archaeology and History Museum tells the story of the Lake Geneva Region, from the Neolithic period to the present day, and even on into the future! A cultural and entertaining visit for the whole family.

Roman museum Lausanne-Vidy - © Musée Romain Lausanne-Vidy

Roman museum Lausanne-Vidy

A stone’s throw from Lake Geneva, the Musée Romain de Lausanne-Vidy tells the story of the roman city of Lousonna through a permanent collection and a quirky annual temporary exhibition. Free admission to the museum on the first Saturday of the month.

Hand Museum - ©  Visions du corps, Sébastien Baudet [syp•ia], 2014 / Musée de la main UNIL-CHUV

Museum of the Hand - UNIL-CHUV

The Hand Museum presents interactive exhibitions on topical themes that concern everybody.. An exciting and original way of looking at our society.

© Espace des Inventions - ©  Espace des Inventions

Inventions Space

Located in the Vallée de la Jeunesse Park in Lausanne-Vidy near Lake Geneva, the Invention Space is a museum like no other. In this space designed for kids, they’re allowed to touch, experiment and ask questions. It’s even strongly encouraged!

Archeolab - © Archeolab


The ArchéoLab is a discovery space for budding young inquisitive minds! Discover the secrets of archaeology with an approach that’s both scientific and steeped in time travel. Entertaining puzzles, smart games, a fun experience to share with all the family – embark on a genuine journey back to R...

Vaud Geology Museum - ©  Musée cantonal de géologie / Stefan Ansermet

Vaud Geology Museum

A real history book, the Vaud Geology Museum is packed full of treasures, testaments to a past that is often shrouded in mystery for the general public. The museum’s free permanent exhibitions in the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne include fossils, crystals and an explanation about the formation of the...

Vaud Zoology Museum - ©  Michel Krafft

Vaud Zoology Museum

The Vaud Zoology Museum has occupied the neo-Florentine building of the Palais de Rumine in the centre of Lausanne since 1909. The south wing includes animals from around the world, notably the biggest stuffed great white shark in the world, weighing in at 5.89 metres!

Lausanne botanical museum and garden - ©  Régis Colombo -

Lausanne botanical museum and garden

A natural haven of peace located on Montriond hill in the heart of Lausanne, the botanical gardens are open every day from 1 March to 31 October, with free admission. The museum housing botanical collections from the region is open on request.

Musée Bolo, EPFL - © Alain Herzog/EPFL

The Musée Bolo – the missing link

The Musée Bolo has been telling the story of digital technology since 2002. Its collections are made up of old computers and anything to do with previous generations of digital machines. It is hosted by the EPFL.

Musée de la machine à écrire - © Musée de la machine à écrire

Typewriter Museum

This museum tells the story of a passion passed down from father to son. A typewriter repairman since 1937, Charles Perrier was so fascinated by these ingenious devices that he began to collect them so that he could lovingly restore them, making any pieces that might be missing.

The Archives of Modern Construction - © DR

The Archives of Modern Construction

A wealth of architecture on paper: that is their treasure. It is in the office archives of architects, engineers and construction companies throughout the Romand territory and its adjacent regions that the Archives of Modern Construction – an Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne institution, cre...

Centre Général Guisan - © LT/

Centre Général Guisan

Situated in the middle of a magnificent park in Pully, this centre is a place of culture, meeting and study as well as a memorial. Under the name of Verte Rive (Green Bank), the property was the residence, until his death in 1960, of General Guisan, commander-in-chief of the Swiss army during the Se...

Exposition "LES LIVRES DE L'ARCHITECTURE DE LA VILLE", Archizoom - © Archizoom, EPFL


The Department of Architecture of the EPFL, and now the Institute of Architecture, has been organising exhibitions and conferences open to the public since 1974. The programme is aimed not just at specialists in the field, but also any member of the public interested in learning about the stakes, th...

Palais de Rumine - © Christof Schuerpf

Palais de Rumine

Today, the Palais de Rumine houses the cantonal museums of fine art, geology, zoology, archaeology and history, the Cantonal Money Museum, and the cantonal and university library.