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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.
Many objects from the Neolithic period such as ceramics, baskets and wood items have been unearthed on the region’s lakeshores. The free permanent exhibition of the Vaud Archaeology and History Museum begins with a life size “lakeside” excavation and Neolithic cemetery viewed through a glass floor.

The second part of the exhibition invites visitors on a journey through time starting with a trip into the future, to the Year of our Lord 3081. It then returns to the 20th century, to 1803, the date of the canton of Vaud’s independence, then to the period under Bernese authority (from 1536 to 1798). Even further back into the past, we see the Savoy domination, the direct dependence of the Holy Roman Empire and – this chapter is less well-known – the reign of the Burgundian Kings (from 888 to 1032).

The museum also have a permanent exhibition on currency and the role of money over the centuries.

The museum also organises educational activities for schools and children during the holidays.


Palais de Rumine
Place de la Riponne 6
1005 Lausanne


+41 (0)21 316 34 30



From 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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Free entry every first Saturday of the month

Bus No 1 & 2: «Rue Neuve» or «Valentin» stops
Bus No 7 & 8: «Riponne-Maurice Béjart» stop
Bus No 16: «Pierre Viret» stop
Metro M2: «Riponne-Maurice Béjart» stop
By car: Parking de la Riponne


Permanent exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions: Full price
8 chf

Temporary exhibitions: Reduced price
5 chf

Temporary exhibitions: Up to 25 years old

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