The Inventions Space (Espace des inventions in french) is located at the bottom of the Lausanne Youth Valley (Vallée de la Jeunesse in french) on the shores of Lake Geneva in Vidy. It was built at the 1964 national exhibition (Expo’64) with rounded concrete shapes as was fashionable at the time and a rather unusual roof in the shape of a huge parabola and used as a sundial.
Parking at the bottom of the Youth Valley next to the roundabout of La Maladière.
The entrance fees are as follows:
- Adult: 7 francs
- Under 16 years old, Student, AVS: 5 francs.
Admission is free on the first Saturday of the month. The following cards also allow free entry:
- Carte Raffeisen
- Passeport Musées Suisses
- Passeport Loisirs
- Carte de l’Association des Musées Suisses
Renovated in the early 2000s, the invention space houses two temporary exhibitions on two floors and 250 m2 in the form of small workshops designed to introduce children aged 6 to 12 to science. It will be possible to return regularly because there are no permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions are renewed every 12 to 18 months. Below, some of the exhibitions that took place:
- L’arbre (The tree) 2019-2020
- T’es sûr-e? (Are you sure?) 2017-2018
- Medieval Factory 2015-2016
- L’œil nu (The nacked eye) 2014-2015
- Indestructible Énergie (Indestructible Energy) 2012-2013
The Invention Space is an exhibition dedicated to technology that is unique in its kind. It is simply the best interactive space for children in French-speaking Switzerland, so it is highly recommended by the Torpille team.
The Invention Space has a Youtube channel on which you can see some children’s creations.
Un reportage audio sur l’espace des inventions au moment de sa créatiom lors de l’Expo’64..