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.
Ouchy is a great place to relax with the whole family. Paddle by the water fountains, watch the boats leave the harbor or read a book along the shaded quays. There are daily trips across the lake by boat to Evian in France and a worthwhile visit can be made to the Olympic Museum, where you can wander around the gardens free of charge. The beautiful views of Lake Geneva and the Chablais mountains make it a perfect place for a Sunday stroll, but better still if you're on skates.
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!
Signal de Bougy, a leisure park that was conceived with the whole family in mind, has been open since the 1970s. You can relax by playing golf on a nine-hole course, mini golf, badminton, football and volleyball. For younger children there are swings, a playground, activities with clowns and a zoo. As far as eating is concerned, there is a self-service restaurant and picnic areas. For the major public holidays such as Easter and August 1st (a major Swiss holiday), a special entertainment program is organized.
Although it may not not look like much, but Place Saint François is the hub of Lausanne. The hippest of cafés here is the Café Romand. You can also the grand Saint François Church. Many street entertainers perform here and students hang out. Every city has one place where everyone inevitably winds up passing through, and this is the one in Lausanne. You will walk through the square on your way to trendy rue de Bourg, Place de la Palud, Place Riponne and all its museums. Good place to be seen.
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".
The Europlex cinema is one of the most rapidly growing cinema chains of Europe. The theater at Lausanne has 7 screens, totaling 1,944 seats. Their largest screen, 20m by 8.5m, makes you feel like a part of the film, and the Dolby Digital sound system truly makes for a fantastic cinematic experience. The place is frequented by families, students and so on and is mostly popular with the youth.
The aim of the Musée Cantonal de Géologie, situated in the UNIL Anthropole, is to educate the public about minerals. There is much to know about how they have contributed to the evolution of mankind. The Harpe room presents evolution through the observation of fossils whereas Renevier gallery has a large collection of crystals, with a space set aside for fluorescent minerals. One of the rare mammoths to be found in Western Europe is also on display. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Musee cantonal d'archeologie et d'histoire, which is situated on the first floor of the imposing Palais de Rumine on the Place de la Riponne, retraces the most ancient history of the canton of Vaud from the end of the Paleolithic times to the Neolithic era (12,000-2200BC). The exhibition displays several small-scale models together with four slide shows and life-size reconstructions, presented in an innovative way. The Bronze Age (2200-800BC) is depicted by means of a collection of significant objects. The development of civilization accelerated by the emergence of metalwork is also alluded to.Â