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Best History Museums in Lausanne

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Located in Friboug city of Switzerland, the Bible and Orient Museum houses one of the world's richest and most diverse collection of archaeological artifacts from ancient Egypt, Southwestern Asia and the Middle east. Over 15,000 items on display can be seen here which include scrolls, books, lamps, coins, idols, amulets stored in illuminated drawers, showcases and glass cabinets. Interpretations of religious texts from Islam, Christianity, Paganism and Judaism are also provided here, making it a popular destination for theology professors and students. Guided tours are provided to visitors inclusive of the entry fee and students under 16 are not charged at all. Large groups are advised to book a visit and tour in advance.

Founded in 1495, Musée du fer et chemin de fer is a living history museum. The exhibits here include old railway cars and other artifacts used for iron smithing. Moreover, visitors get to see iron smiths at work providing them an insight into the history of the profession in the region.

The music-box museum or Musee Baud is located in the Canton of Vaud in L’Anderson. It has a picture gallery, a music gallery and a museum shop in its premises. The museum features a collection of ancient machines, music boxes, singing birds, gramophones, animated pictures, tools and accessories. Visitors can also listen to highlights of some music from “Maesto” and “Phonolistz Violiona” a solo automated violin player.

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.

Museum of Natural History was founded in 1824 and is one of the oldest institutes in the medieval city of Freibourg. The museum has on display 240,000 zoological pieces, natural sciences and botany. A lot of these collections have come from experienced botanists renowned in the field and have remarkably helped in furthering the study specially in the field of mycology. They conduct several educational programs designed for students, with interactive study materials. Join a guided tour or your free to take a tour along this vast institute that is a major benefactor in the study of these various sciences.

The Musée Romain de Lausanne-Vidy, on the site of the former Roman town of Lausanna, is the ideal place to see after visiting the neighboring Roman ruins. At both places, you can learn a lot about how Lausanne was all the way back in 100 BC. A small-scale model gives a good idea of the area that was occupied. Many objects excavated throughout the 20th century are on display here: games, jugs, coins, tools. You can also see temporary exhibitions, all linked to Roman times.

Military history is vividly illustrated with exhibits such as cannons, uniforms, and armor.

Locate don the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, the brilliant archaeological museum of Laténium is a must visit for all tourists vacationing in the region. Spread over an area of 2500 square meters (26909 square feet), the museum features a modern futuristic architectural style and comprises of a park, garden, a large artificial basin and numerous outdoor displays such as a Gallo-Roman ship, a Celtic bridge, a La Tène house and contemporary art sculptures. The museum building houses a rich and extensive collection of historical artifacts from the region as well as all over Europe, making it the largest archaeological museum in the country. Appealing to a wide audience, the museum also organizes a number of temporary exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, cultural events and is available to rent for birthday parties and conferences.

Various souvenirs and objects of folk art from all over the world are collected here since the 19th century, which includes pile dwellings, prints, taxidermy of birds and local fauna, weapons of African origin and so much. While artifacts on display are certainly impressive, the museum itself is very significant, for it was one of the first actual museums in the country.

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