Lausanne Historical Museum
The Historical Museum of Lausanne (Musée historique de Lausanne in french) describes the history of the city. Renovated in 2018, it is partly located in the castle of the Ancien-Evêché just next to the cathedral of Lausanne. It contains a magnificent model of Lausanne during the Middle Ages that is worth the trip on its own.
Parking next to the Saint-Maire castle or Riponne car park.
The themes addressed by the museum are as follows:
- Lausanne en dates (Lausanne in dates)
- La maquette (The model)
- Se construire (Building oneself)
- Se loger (To find a place to live)
- S’écouler (To flow out)
- Se déplacer (To get around)
- Se recueillir (To pray)
- S’épanouir (To flourish)
- S’affairer (Getting busy)
- From Lausanne with love
- Portraits de Lausannoises et Lausannois (Portraits of Lausanne residents)
The part of the museum inside the castle of the Ancien-Evêché. A notice indicates the visit of the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, to this place in 1476 before the famous battle of Murten against the Swiss during the Burgundy wars.
The model of Lausanne in 1638 is a magnificent work of art that is exhibited at the beginning of the museum and required two years of work in the early 1990s. It shows how Lausanne was in 1638 in the Middle Ages.
We can see a city very different from today’s. At the time Lausanne was surrounded by ramparts and towers that were almost completely destroyed in the 19th century. A film and a luminous animation on the model allow to receive a lot of information.
In the immediate vicinity of the Lausanne Historical Museum there are a large number activities such as:
- Saint-Maire castle
- Notre-Dame Cathedral
- Mudac museum
- Museums inside the Palais de Rumine