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Best Museums in Lausanne

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Museum of Design & Contemporary Applied Arts (MUDAC)

After spending 33 years in a soul-less venue in Villamont Avenue, Musée de Design et d'Arts Appliques Contemporains (MUDAC) found a home at the prestigious Gaudard house, magnificently renovated for the occasion. The exhibition space is divided between temporary and permanent collections. There is a large collection of contemporary work by glass artists, together with a very beautiful collection of ancient Egyptian and Chinese Art by Jacques-Edouard.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

The Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts is one of the most prestigious fine art galleries in the city of Lausanne; the cultural hub of Switzerland. The Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts exhibits the works of some of the best artists in the country, be it amateurs or established ones. There are various exhibitions and artistic events taking place here on a regular basis. If you're an avid art lover, then you will not want to miss out on the chance to see a Van Gogh or Picasso.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Cantonal Zoological Museum

Musée cantonal de zoologie takes up the top floor of the Rumine Palace which dominates the Place de la Riponne. It displays a large collection of extinct animals from the region and other areas. A leaflet distributed to visitors allows you to explore the exhibits with ease; in each window, an animal chosen for its zoological, behavioral or historical importance is described at length. The other species presented are highlighted more succinctly. Various small exhibitions, either permanent or temporary, are displayed. Among these, cryptozoology is a favorite, for it is the science that describes animals whose existence has no scientific proof, and therefore cannot be officially "classified".

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Collection de l'Art Brut

The notion of Art Brut (crude/raw art) was introduced around 1945 by French painter Jean Dubuffet. The term applies to pieces created by those who have not been influenced by other artists, people who have escaped cultural conditioning. The painters and sculptors whose work is exhibited in this museum are therefore outcasts (prisoners, psychiatric patients, etc.). The exhibition on offer is complemented by temporary ones, each more original, surprising, even more overwhelming than the next.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Musée de l'Elysée

In the middle of a huge park, which stretches to the quay of Ouchy, is the Musée de l'Elysée. Located in a stunning 18th-century home, this museum is entirely dedicated to photography, showing either its own collection or as many as five visiting exhibitions simultaneously. The rooms on the ground floor are in themselves a worthwhile site as they are where the Council of State holds its receptions. Take note of the beautiful carpentry which creates an impressive exhibition space.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Olympic Museum

Charming public gardens, planted with exotic trees and shrubs and displaying bronze statues, lead you up to the museum. Once at the top, one can see the modern building is truly inspired by a Greek temple with its white marble facade. Two rows of white columns to the entrance carry the names of the towns that have hosted the Olympic games and the Olympic flame burns in an ornamental granite bowl illustrating the myth of Prometheus. The exhibition leads you through the history of the Olympic games, starting with Ancient Greece. There are beautifully preserved terracotta figures, gold laurel wreathes and marble sculptures to see. On display are all the torches that have been carried in every event since 1936 and a great collection of stamps, coins and medals bearing images of the Olympics. Huge video screens and stereo sound help the viewer to experience a part of the apprehension, excitement and concentration, the athlete encounters before an event.

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Espace des Inventions

In the magnificent park of the Vallée de la Jeunesse lies Lausanne's Espace des Invention science museum. Located in an old 1964 National Exhibition building, this museum will explore specific themes that will change every two years. The exhibitions are aimed at children between seven and 15 years old but, as in all interactive and educational exhibits, adults will likely have more fun than they will admit to!

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Maison d'Ailleurs

La Maison d'Ailleurs ("House of Elsewhere") is a unique museum entirely dedicated to science fiction, utopia and extraordinary journeys. Enter the twilight zone to discover future worlds and new horizons as they were depicted by writers, artists or movie directors. Several exhibitions have been organized on various topics like utopias, space travel, extra terrestrial life forms and cities of the future. This fascinating museum was opened thanks to Pierre Versins, an archivist of science fiction who donated his impressive collection to the city of Yverdon-Les-Bains. The city then created this remarkable establishment, which opened its doors in 1976. Housed in a prison built in 1806, visitors to the museum can browse through a collection of over 70,000 items related to science fiction, including an extensive collection focusing on the great science fiction writer Jules Verne.

Yverdon-Les Bains, Switzerland
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