The museums in Lausanne are steeped in history. Their exhibitions leave a lasting impression on visitors and are known far and wide.
Classic, historic, innovative and cutting edge, Lausanne's museums offer an incredible variety of exhibitions in every genre for young and old, experts or amateurs. Lausanne is itself a jewel in the crown of Swiss culture and showcases it with a cultural calendar packed with unmissable exhibitions.
Several museums offer free entries every first Saturdays of the month!
AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne
It presents animals through a totally immersive and interactive scenography using innovative digital technologies. More than an aquarium or a vivarium, AQUATIS is an exceptional journey through our planet’s most fascinating freshwater environments. It is a recreational area, a pole of environmental education and a platform for exchanges.
The Maison Lavaux exhibition: a historical, human and cultural immersion right in the heart of the “Lavaux, vineyard and terraces” site. Be inspired and surprised by multiple facets of the unique Swiss cultural landscape, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Open to all ages, from youngsters to older folk!
The Olympic Museum
A marathon of emotions. Would you like to relive great Olympic moments? Feel the pulse of the champions? Discover the creative flair of the host cities? The world of the Games with its many facets will open up to you for a full and unique experience.
Collection de l'Art Brut
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.
Photo Elysée is one of the biggest museums in Switzerland and the world dedicated entirely to the discipline of photography.
The new PLATEFORME 10 arts district is a unique venue dedicated to culture.
Lausanne History Museum
The Lausanne History Museum (MHL), entirely refurbished in 2018, is the ideal place to discover the evolution of Lausanne and of its inhabitants’ lives. The famous model of the Cité in 1638 introduces “Lausanne, the Exhibition”, a themed itinerary that bears witness to Lausanne’s very rich economic, social and cultural history.
The one and only institution that is entirely dedicated to design in western Switzerland, the mudac owns a collection of design objects, contemporary glass art, contemporary art jewellery, graphic art and ceramics to be discovered, absolutely!
MCBA - Vaud Museum of Fine Arts
Opened in 1841, the Vaud Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne is one of the oldest Swiss museums exclusively dedicated to art. Now located in Plateforme 10, it presents several temporary exhibitions a year from its collection of 10,000 works.
The Espace des Inventions's vocation is to make children and young people more aware of culture, science and technology and stimulate the critical thinking, curiosity and creativity of all who visit. The institution invites young people to discover the cultural riches that surround us and take a look at the infinite world of science and technology.
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.
Museum of the Hand - UNIL-CHUV
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The Hand Museum presents interactive exhibitions on topical themes that concern everybody.. An exciting and original way of looking at our society.
Roman museum of 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 with personal or themed exhibitions.
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.
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 Roman times!
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.
Palais de Rumine
Today, the Palais de Rumine houses the cantonal museums of geology, zoology, archaeology and history, the Cantonal Money Museum, and the cantonal and university library.
Lausanne botanical museum and garden
A natural haven of peace located on Montriond hill in the heart of Lausanne, the botanical garden is open every day, with free admission. The museum housing botanical collections from the region is open on request.
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.
The Musée Bolo
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.
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
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, created in 1988 – finds its livelihood.
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 Second World War from 1939-45. Owned by the Swiss Confederation since 1971, this centre is now managed by the Association Verte Rive under the auspices of the Fondation du Général Henri Guisan.
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, the latest developments and the history of our built environment.
EPFL Pavilions is EPFL's cultural platform where art, research and technology meet.
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