Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts

Lonely Planet review

Palais de Rumine, the 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 covering natural history, zoology (with the longest – almost 6m – stuffed great white shark on show in the world), geology, coins, archaeology and history. The latter gives an overview of the history of the Vaud canton from the Stone Age to modern times.