Cantonal Museum of Zoology of Lausanne
The Cantonal Museum of Zoology of Lausanne is the museum of natural history of the canton of Vaud, it presents many naturalized species free of charge in the Palais de Rumine.
The underground car park of La Riponne is the closest car park to the Palais de Rumine.
The Zoology Museum is located on both sides of the staircase on the 5th floor of the Palais de Rumine. It is mainly composed of three parts.
- The main gallery
- The comparative anatomy room
- The temporary exhibition room
The main gallery on both sides of the stairs features vertebrate animals from all over the world in very old and outdated windows. These showcases, some of which date back to the early 20th century, display animals such as mammals, birds, snakes, crocodiles and fish.
The museum highlights 10 particularly impressive animals and in particular the white shark over 5 metres long. This shark, the largest naturalized animal in the world, has a particular history. It was captured in the Mediterranean Sea near Sète by fishermen in the middle of the 20th century and then bought by the Zoology Museum, which brought it back by refrigerated truck to the slaughterhouses of Lausanne. It was then naturalized for 3 years before finally being exhibited in the museum in the Palais de Rumine. In 2005, it was stolen and damaged before being found shortly afterwards and restored.
Comparative anatomy room
This room, at the bottom of the South side, exposes skeletons as well as strange animals in jars. A collection of invertebrates, such as insects, is also displayed against the walls.
Temporary exhibition room
At the back of the North side room, temporary exhibitions are regularly organized. For example, in 2019, an exhibition on animals that have disappeared.
Palace of Rumine
The Palais de Rumine is a neo-Gothic style building built at the end of the 19th century thanks to a donation from Gabriel de Rumine.
The Palais de Rumine houses 4 museums, all free of charge.
- Museum of Archaeology and History (1st floor)
- Cantonal Geology Museum (3rd floor)
- Museum of Zoology (5th floor)
- Cantonal Monetary Museum (5th floor)
In 2019, the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts was moved from the Palais de Rumine to the new site dedicated to Art in the canton of Vaud, “Platform 10”.
Museums in French-speaking Switzerland
The cities of Neuchâtel, Fribourg and most of all Geneva also have a natural history museum, all free of charge. Unlike the Museum of Zoology in Lausanne, which has retained its retro look, the Geneva Natural History Museum has magnificent modern animal collections and is one of the most beautiful museums in French-speaking Switzerland.
A video about the zoology museum.
Webcam on Lausanne Cathedral and the Palais de Rumine.