Lausanne Historical Museum

Lausanne, Switzerland

Housed in the bishop’s palace, the oldest parts of which date back to the 11th century, Lausanne Historical Museum has since 1918 been telling the story of the city of Lausanne and the economic, social and urban changes it has experienced.

In its permanent exhibition, it tells the story of Lausanne, from its prehistoric origins through to the economic, social and urban revolutions of the 19th century.

The collections boast a wealth of iconographic exhibits presenting the city, its inhabitants and their ways of life, including oil paintings, engravings, maps, posters and photographs, the first plates of which date back from the time of the pioneers in 1840. These are complemented by thousands of objects, including pewter, costumes, pottery, furniture and tools, with an outstanding selection of pieces of Lausanne silverware taking pride of place.

The most amazing item is surely the incredible model representing 17th century Lausanne on a 1/200 scale. It is based on a 1638 map made from a high view point and the first cadastral map of 1723.



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Founded: 1918
Category: Museums in Switzerland


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Sabine Munshi (5 months ago)
Wonderful museum. Very immersive. The temporary exhibitions are always great. There is a gem of a find, their cafe. You have to ask the front desk to let you in and it’s a beautiful terrace with a view of the city. I really shouldn’t tell you this as it is so nice and quiet and quaint.
Petra Drašković (7 months ago)
I have been living in Lausanne for almost ten years and finally now got to learn about it's architecture, history and influences throughout the years. The museum is wonderful, really immersive and the staff is great. Check out their bookshop with historical and contemporary photo books on daily trips, famous restaurants in Lausanne and other interesting things you can visit.
Michelle LI (11 months ago)
Very comprehensive explanation of Lausanne history in both French and English. Worth visiting.
ludovico filotto (13 months ago)
A lovely location and an interesting museum, but a bit confusing because the heterogeneous collection of items is not explained in a clear fashion on not very legible signs. Still worth a visit.
S. Ilona Horvath (3 years ago)
Comprehensive and interactive museum, telling you via themes and topical objects the history of our fair city. Check out their themed birthday activities
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