- 1 The Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum
- 2 Access
- 3 The permanent exhibition
- 4 The temporary exhibitions
- 5 The archaeological walk
- 6 The Romans in French-speaking Switzerland
- 7 Video
- 8 Related attractions
The Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum
The Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum traces the history of the Roman presence on the Vidy site, on the shores of the lake of the present-day city of Lausanne. The museum was founded in the 1930s and built on a domus, a luxurious Roman villa that was part of the city of Lousonna.
Lousonna is the ancestor of the city of Lausanne and was built on the shores of the lake between about 0 and 400 AD, that is, about 2000 years ago.
The museum consists of two levels and an outdoor site:
- The ground floor – Temporary exhibitions
- The first floor – The permanent exhibition
- Outside -Vidy Archaeological Site
The price of tickets is as follows (admission is free on the 1st Saturday of the month):
- Adult: 8 francs
- AHV/IV: 5 francs
- Students: Free of charge
Parking spaces are available along the road next to the Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum.
The permanent exhibition
The permanent exhibition is located on the first floor of the Roman Museum of Lausanne-Vidy and consists of 4 parts:
- The time that separates us from the Romans in relation to the creation of the Earth.
- Archaeological excavations.
- The history of Lousonna in the Roman Empire.
- The objects found in Vidy and presented in display cases.
Chronology of the universe
A string several kilometres long traces the history of the earth since its creation. Its purpose is to show that the Roman period, even more than 1500 years old, represents a very small past compared to the scale of the earth’s history.
A room represents an archaeological excavation space to realize the work to be done to extract objects from the Roman period.
The history of Lousonna
The history of Roman Lousonna and the Roman Empire is presented in the form of newspaper clippings and maps.
Showcase on everyday life
- Rat ash, calf droppings and other cosmetics
- A wild fashion
- Practical and decorative
- At the table
- In the kitchen
- Turn on the light
- Locked with a key
- Oral and written
- People from here and elsewhere
- Imported items
- Transport and vehicles
- Weights and measures
- Great novelty: the small currency
- Last residences
Showcase on beliefs
- Egyptian gods in Lousonna
- Gods against giants
- The gods of Greece and Rome
- The Celtic and Gallo-Roman gods
- From fish sauce to all sauces
- Amphorating at the estate (Mise en amphore au domaine)
Models of buildings
- The domus of the museum
- The forum of Lousonna around 250
Showcase about money
- A large Lausanne fortune
- Salaries and cost of living
- Power and money
- Notable and successful
Showcase on the construction
- The beginnings of concrete
- Brick and tile
- cut stone
- blown glass
- water pipes
Showcase on materials
- Textiles and leather
- The bone
- The wood
- The iron
- The glass
- The terracotta
The temporary exhibitions
The temporary exhibitions are located on the ground floor and regularly renewed, they offer a different and often offbeat view of archaeology. Below are some recent exhibitions:
- 2018 – Le clou de l’exposition (et vice versa) – (The highlight of the exhibition (and vice versa))
- 2017 – Trop c’est trop (Enough is enough)
- 2016 – L’ange des Andes (The Angel of the Andes)
- 2015 – Y a point comme nous
The archaeological walk
A few minutes from the Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum, below the motorway and next to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is the archaeological walk where you can discover the ruins of the former forum of Lousonna which served as the city centre.
The archaeological walk allows you to discover the foundations of the old forum of Lousonna. Observation posts” make it possible to discover how the Roman buildings could have been. In particular, we discover that the shores of the lake were several hundred metres ahead of the current ones.
At the end of the empire in the 5th century, the city of Lousonna was not sufficiently protected from barbaric invasions and gradually abandoned to the profile of the city hill (colline de la cité) where the current cathedral is located. In the Middle Ages, Lausanne was surrounded by a wall and was the largest city in French-speaking Switzerland. It was separated from Vidy by vineyards. During the 19th century, with the strong expansion of cities following the industrial revolution, Lausanne will join Vidy.
A magnificent model of Lausanne in the Middle Ages surrounded by ramparts. Historical Museum of Lausanne.
The Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum offers a very well-done pdf document on Roman Lausanne in Vidy.
The Romans in French-speaking Switzerland
Many museums in French-speaking Switzerland present objects and relate the history of the Romans. All the information is available on the page dedicated to the Romans in French-speaking Switzerland.