Collection de l'Art Brut

Where?
Avenue des Bergières 11
Price
From
12 CHF
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.

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Address

Avenue des Bergières 11
1004 Lausanne

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Schedules

From 01.07.2024 to 31.08.2024
Open
Closed
Lundi
11:00 - 18:00
Mardi
11:00 - 18:00
Mercredi
11:00 - 18:00
Jeudi
11:00 - 18:00
Vendredi
11:00 - 18:00
Samedi
11:00 - 18:00
Dimanche
11:00 - 18:00
From 01.09.2024 to 31.12.2024
Open
Closed
Lundi
Closed
Mardi
11:00 - 18:00
Mercredi
11:00 - 18:00
Jeudi
11:00 - 18:00
Vendredi
11:00 - 18:00
Samedi
11:00 - 18:00
Dimanche
11:00 - 18:00
From 01.01.2025 to 30.06.2025
Open
Closed
Lundi
Closed
Mardi
11:00 - 18:00
Mercredi
11:00 - 18:00
Jeudi
11:00 - 18:00
Vendredi
11:00 - 18:00
Samedi
11:00 - 18:00
Dimanche
11:00 - 18:00
From 01.07.2025 to 31.08.2025
Open
Closed
Lundi
11:00 - 18:00
Mardi
11:00 - 18:00
Mercredi
11:00 - 18:00
Jeudi
11:00 - 18:00
Vendredi
11:00 - 18:00
Samedi
11:00 - 18:00
Dimanche
11:00 - 18:00
From 01.09.2025 to 31.12.2025
Open
Closed
Lundi
Closed
Mardi
11:00 - 18:00
Mercredi
11:00 - 18:00
Jeudi
11:00 - 18:00
Vendredi
11:00 - 18:00
Samedi
11:00 - 18:00
Dimanche
11:00 - 18:00

Adults (3-day pass including the Historical Museum of Lausanne and the Roman Museum of Lausanne-Vidy)

12 CHF

AVS/AI (3-day pass including the Historical Museum of Lausanne and the Roman Museum of Lausanne-Vidy)

6 CHF

Children (under 16), students, apprentices, unemployed

Free

Groups from 6 persons (price per person)

6 CHF

Carer of a disabled person

Free

Closed on Mondays (except in July and August). 
Public holidays: open from 11am to 6pm. 
Free admission on the first Saturday of the month. 
On 24 and 31 December: 11am to 5pm. 
Closed on 25 December and 1 January. 

Access
Bus 3, 20, 21: «Beaulieu-Jomini» stop 

Partially wheelchair-accessible Toilets partially wheelchair-accessible Parking place partially wheelchair-accessible
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More info

In the centre of Lausanne, the splendid Château de Beaulieu houses the Collection de l’Art Brut. A one-off in Switzerland, this unusual museum displays the creations of self-taught artists, often the marginalised, detainees or prisoners. Through the permanent and temporary collections, visitors come to reflect on and understand these artists who are not artists.

The Collection de l’Art Brut came into being thanks to a donation from Jean Dubuffet, a French artist and collector, who devised this creative form. According to Dubuffet’s definition, “true art is always there where we least expect it. (…) Art is like a person who loves to remain incognito”. The Collection de l'Art Brut (Outsider’s Art Collection) is housed in a castle dating back to the 18th century that is a property of the City of Lausanne, the Château de Beaulieu. For two generations, it belonged to the Mingard family. Flats were let to famous guests: Jacques Necker, Louis XVI’s minister of finance, and his wife Suzanne, née Curchod, as well as Victor Perrin, Napoléon’s marshal, and historian Jules Michelet…

The Collection de l’Art Brut regularly participates in cultural events and offers free admission on the first Saturday of the month.

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