Palais de Rumine

Lausanne, Switzerland

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
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Switzerland


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Yakup Gümüsalan (6 months ago)
A perfect museum for kids and family to learn more about the past of the environment of that region as well as zoology, anthropology, geology etc. Thanks to the regional authorities to give us this opportunity without paying any entrance fees. Best regards.
Jiayi Wu (7 months ago)
We didn't visit inside but the building itself is a great piece of art and the garden on the platform is worth staying for a while, looking down the platza.
AdamKD DAMIAN (9 months ago)
Impressive building, nice square. Great place to walk around the hill.
Jo Oy (10 months ago)
Stumbled upon this place for fun-great decision. Every exhibit is so interesting! We enjoyed the prehistoric area with fossils, bones etc the building is so beautiful too.
Monica Toscani (12 months ago)
I share some shots of this wonderful museum and library in Lausanne incredible and magical palace to discover! Beautifully curated exhibits and professional staff, I will definitely be returning often
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