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Best Museums in Lausanne

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Housed in the cellar of the Domaine de Montbenay winery, the Musée du Vigneron features a revelation of ancient viticulture traditions that date back to the Middle Ages. The museum is home to several traditional winemaking devices and exhibits that range from an 18th-century wooden wine press and bottling tools, to sandblasted glasses, ancient carafes, and wine pitchers. Several of these tools are theorized to have been left behind by the monks of Abbaye de Montbenoit, who legend has it, planted one of the very first vines here.

Musée du Vieux Pays-d'Enhaut is one of the finest museums in Château d`Oex. This museum displays folklore art and artisan items that help you learn about the lives of people that lived here during earlier centuries. A wide range of cut paper artworks of Johann Jakob Hauswirth can also be found at Musée du Vieux Pays-d'Enhaut.

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.

Set in the manoir where he breathed his last, Chaplin's World is a museum dedicated entirely to the legendary comedian, Charlie Chaplin. This charming museum gives an insight deep into the comedian's personal as well as his professional life. The museum is divided into three sections, the world-class studio, the lush green park and the splendid manor. Within the studio, you will find yourself surrounded by model sets from some of his well-known films, wax statues of the legend and his co-stars, and audiovisuals that trace his journey from a nobody to one of the most talented actors, writers and filmmakers. The museum also illustrates his meetings with famous personalities like Sophia Loren and Mahatma Gandhi. For any further information, you can call on +41 842 422 422. If you wish to spend your day immersed in stories from the life of this legendary comedian, Chaplin's World assures you an enriching experience.

Roland Charrière constructed the museum in 1978, which is harmoniously embedded in the landscape dominated by the castle; a large part of its folk lore and local history collection is located underground. This includes patrician and rustic furniture as well as reconstructions of traditional living areas. A special highlight are the 'Poyas', folkloric paintings of driving the cows to the alpine pastures. Along with the history of the town of Bulle a few international artists are also exhibited here, for example, Courbet, Coron and Vallotton

Next to the Cathedral, the Musée Historique de Lausanne is housed in the former bishops' palace. The permanent collection depicts Lausanne through the ages, with a rich variety of images and relics from the past. Notably, there is a splendid small-scale model showing Lausanne as it was at the start of the 17th century. Other small permanent collections (like the old musical instruments) appear next to the temporary exhibitions. To know more about this museum, please check the website.

A one of a kind tribute to the rich heritage of computers, Musee Bolo was set up in 2002 and is housed in the IT building of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne. It was the passion and love of computers of Yves Bolognini - the engineer who gave his nickname Bolo museum that gave birth to this collection. The Museum is home to thousands of objects from the history of computing and information technology and is aimed at highlighting ​​the progress made in terms of technology and industrial design. The exhibits include the first real personal computer general public by IBM, the first Mac and more than 500 different machines, including game consoles and calculators as well. The constant miniaturization of machines and computers is beautifully measured and displayed by placing different memories or PC motherboards side by side for easy comparison.

If you are fascinated with photography and camera's, then you will love the Musée Suisse de l'appareil Photographique. This popular camera museum displays many exhibits relating to historic photography and the advent of modern camera's. The 5 storied museum showcases iconic printed images along with featuring an incredible camera range. So, if you are a dedicated fan of camera's and photography, this museum in particular will instantly catch your interest. Call ahead fro more details.

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.

The museum places extra focus on Africa and Oceania; special exhibits.

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.

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