Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts
Palais de Rumine
This bombastic neo-Renaissance pile (1904) where the Treaty of Lausanne (finalising the break-up of the Ottoman Empire after WWI) was...
Escaliers du Marché
This timber-canopied staircase with tiled roof hikes up the hill from Place de la Palud to Rue Pierre Viret and beyond to the cathedral.
Cathédrale de Notre Dame
Lausanne’s Gothic cathedral, Switzerland’s finest, stands proudly at the heart of the Old Town. Raised in the 12th and 13th centuries on...
Everyone knows the Great Escape, a busy student pub with pub grub (great burgers) and an enviable terrace with a view over Place de la...
One of a handful of restaurants behind the cathedral, the White Elephant offers wonderful local market cuisine, and staggeringly good...
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Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts information
Palais de Rumine , a bombastic neo-Renaissance pile (1904) where the Treaty of Lausanne (finalising the break-up of the Ottoman Empire after WWI) was signed in 1923, safeguards the city’s fine arts museum. Works by Swiss and foreign artists, ranging from Ancient Egyptian art to Cubism, are displayed, but the core of the collection is made up of works by landscape painter Louis Ducros (1748–1810). During temporary exhibitions (many with free admission), the permanent collection is often closed.
The same ticket covers admission to the palace’s other smaller museums, which cover natural history, zoology (with an almost-6m-long stuffed great white shark and a dusty-looking menagerie of taxidermied critters from around the globe), geology, coins, archaeology and history. The latter gives an overview of the history of the Vaud canton from the Stone Age to modern times.