NB: all our exhibitions are in French only

Permanent exhibitions

Located in the "Palais de Rumine" in the centre of Lausanne, we display three permanent exhibits:


Fossils, archives of life: from the first living organisms to the Brassus mammoth, nearly four billions years of life evolution are shown. A particular highlight is given on fossils found in Lausanne which testify of a tropical climate 25 million years ago with rhinoceroses, crocodiles and palm trees.


Crystals on show: born from some terrestrial or space alchemy, a myriad of strange and wonderful minerals glitter in their perfect shapes with often vivid colours. A dark room filled with fluorescent minerals creates a magical atmosphere.


The underground of the Alps: the long history of our regions, layer after layer, reveal astonishing facts of our past landscapes and climates. The visitor can also interact with a virtual 3D model of the Alpine geology.



Flyers with some of our highlights



Temporary exhibitions and Events

None at the moment


Virtual exhibitions

Lausanne at the time of palm trees: in a rich tropical scenery, a diversified fauna lived in the forest 25 million years ago: tortoises, crocodiles, hippopotamus or rhinoceroses. The fossils found in Lausanne recount their history.

On the origins of the world: a sample of themes likely to arouse the curiosity of the public towards the world he lives in.

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