On his death, Gabriel de Rumine, son of Russian nobility, left the city of Lausanne 1.5 million Swiss Francs to erect a building for the use of the public. Building began in 1892 according to the design of the Lyonnais architect Gaspard André. The building was inaugurated on the 3 November 1902, although building work continued until 1904.

On 24 July 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne was signed in Palais de Rumine.

It housed facilities such as the library of the University of Lausanne, and scientific and artistic collections belonging to the Canton of Vaud. In the 1980s, the university moved to its current location by Lake Geneva due to lack of space, and the Palais was restructured.

The building currently hosts one of the three sites of the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne. Additionally, it contains several museums like Musée cantonal des beaux-arts (Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts), Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire (Cantonal Museum of Archeology and History) and Musée monétaire cantonal (Cantonal Museum of Money).

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Founded: 1892-1904
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SOUMYANANDA GOSWAMI (5 months ago)
Honestly, the Archaeology, Geology and Zoology sections are worth the visit. Keep about 1.5-2 hours in hand and slightly more if you come with curious kids. There are washrooms within the museum and outside. There's also a cafeteria. If you need more information, feel free to contact the museum staff.
Daniel Uribe (17 months ago)
Not too Child friendly
Guy Romagnoli (20 months ago)
Fantasticwith the Lightshow on. December 2020
Anubha Shukla (2 years ago)
We visited during the Lausanne Lumière festival. Very scenic the play of light was brilliant. It costs nothing, you can park your car or take public transport...buy take away food or carry your own...sit and enjoy the view. There are many shops and cafes in this area. Several of the sites are walking distance from one another. The site starts every evening 6pm during December all the way to Christmas. Do dress warm and check for rains beforehand.
Robert Riegel (2 years ago)
The top floor is full of an incredible collection of animals on display, The building is very nice and centrally location. In addition, the majority of the exhibits are free to enter.
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