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 Alps.
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…


Place de la Riponne 6
1005 Lausanne


+41 (0)21 692 44 70



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

Useful information

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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