Vaud Geology Museum

Where?
Palais de Rumine
Schedules
From Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
Price
Free
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 Alps.
Useful information

Address

Palais de Rumine
Place de la Riponne 6
Place de la Riponne 6
1005 Lausanne

How to get there

Schedules

Open
Closed
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00

Permanent exhibitions

Free

Temporary exhibitions: Full price

8 chf

Temporary exhibitions: Reduced price

5 chf

Temporary exhibitions: Up to 25 years old

Free

Closed on Mondays
Public holidays: open from 10am to 5pm
Free admission on the first Saturday of the month
Closed on 25 December, 1 and 2 January

Bus 1, 2: «Rue Neuve» stop
Bus 7, 8: «Riponne-Maurice Béjart» stop
Bus 16: «Pierre Viret» stop
Metro M2: «Riponne-Maurice Béjart» stop
By car: Parking de la Riponne

More info
Housed in the Florentine style building of the Palais de Rumine, the treasures of the Geology Museum take its visitors to another world, with a 16,000 year-old mammoth skeleton, one of the most complete ever found in Europe and an enormous molar discovered in 1897 which apparently belonged to a prehistoric hippopotamus who lived in Sicily 1.8 million years ago.

Here too, mineralogy enthusiasts can discover the amazing collection of a thousand minerals created by Czar Alexander 1st and brought to Switzerland by his tutor, Frédéric-César de La Harpe. But the main attraction is The Welcome Nugget, the biggest gold nugget ever recorded at 57.3 kilos. Truth be told, this is the single replica of this nugget since the Australian original was melted in London in 1859…
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