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๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Cantonal Museum of Zoology of Lausanne

Address
Palais de Rumine, Place de la Riponne 6, 1014 Lausanne
Phone 1
Keyword
2019 Aoรปt
  • Date de Visite
    10.08.2019
  • Crรฉation
    1819 (A Rumine depuis 1909)
  • GPS
    46.52360 6.63383

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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.

A side of the zoology museum with windows on both sides of the alley.
A side of the zoology museum with windows on both sides of the alley.

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Access


The underground car park of La Riponne is the closest car park to the Palais de Rumine.

Museum


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.

  1. The main gallery
  2. The comparative anatomy room
  3. The temporary exhibition room

Main gallery


The main gallery on both sides of the stairs features vertebrate animals from all over the world in very old and outdated windows.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.

Large birds in the windows.
Large birds in the windows.

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 Sรจte 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.

The famous white shark, star of the museum.
The famous white shark, star of the museum.

A Luth turtle, the largest turtle species on earth.
A Luth turtle, the largest turtle species on earth.

Large animals in front of the entrance of the temporary exhibition.
Large animals in front of the entrance of the temporary exhibition.

Two rhinos.
Two rhinos.

A whale’s jaw several meters high.
A whale's jaw several meters high.

A coelacanth, this is the oldest fish in the world with its appearance 410 million years ago.
A coelacanth, this is the oldest fish in the world with its appearance 410 million years ago.

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.

Skeletons of large animals.
 Skeletons of large animals.

Animal skulls.
Animal skulls.

Butterflies.
Butterflies.

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.

The advertising banner on the temporary exhibition “DISPARUS!”. (dispared)
La pancarte publicitaire sur l'exposition temporaire

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.

Le Palais de Rumine situรฉ entre la place de la Riponne et la Citรฉ.
The Palais de Rumine located between Place de la Riponne and the City.

Inside the Palais de Rumine, the museums occupy both wings of the building.
 Inside the Palais de Rumine, the museums occupy both wings of the building.

The Palais de Rumine houses 4 museums, all free of charge.

  1. Museum of Archaeology and History (1st floor)
  2. Cantonal Geology Museum (3rd floor)
  3. Museum of Zoology (5th floor)
  4. Cantonal Monetary Museum (5th floor)

Even if the museums are free, it is necessary to take a ticket on the ground floor at the shop level.
Even if the museums are free, it is necessary to take a ticket on the ground floor at the shop level.

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 Neuchรขtel, 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.

The large animal space of the Geneva Natural History Museum.
The large animal space of the Geneva Natural History Museum.

Video


A video about the zoology museum.

Webcam


Webcam on Lausanne Cathedral and the Palais de Rumine.
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