Musée Historique de Lausanne

Museums, History Cité / Old Town
Musee Historique
©Hugues Siegenthaler
Musee Historique 2
©Arnaud Conne
Musee Historique 3
©Hugues Siegenthaler

This small museum charts Lausanne's tumultuous social, political and physical history.

Worth a visit on a rainy day is this small museum housed in the former bishop’s palace next to the cathedral. Its detailed exhibits chart Lausanne’s rich history from its origins in Roman times, through its importance as a trade route during the Middle Ages, its political and social history – particularly in the 17th century – and the huge physical changes it underwent over the centuries to make its hilly landscape more accommodating. While the displays are in French, English translations are available in each room. There are changing temporary exhibitions in addition to the permanent display.


Venue name: Musée Historique de Lausanne
Address: Place de la Cathédrale 4
Opening hours: 11am-6pm Tue-Thu; 11am-7pm Fri-Sun. 11am-6pm Mon in summer only
Transport: Metro M2; Bus 16
Price: Admission CHF8 adults; CHF5 children; under 16s free; free on first Saturday of the month
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