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Historical Museum, Lausanne

Just behind Lausanne Cathedral is the former bishop's palace (Ancien-Evêché), which has been converted into the Musée Historique de Lausanne. The bishop's palace features a 13th-century fortified tower and the museum consists of historical studies of Old Lausanne.

The highlight of the collections is in the basement, where a 23 sq. m (250-sq.-ft.) scale model depicting the old city as it was in the 17th century with excellent commentary. It details the history of the various neighborhoods and provides an overview of the city's many hills and valleys.

Quick Facts on Historical Museum

Site Information
Names:Ancien-Evêché; Historical Museum; Historical Museum, Lausanne; Musée Historique
State:Canton Vaud
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Lausanne, Switzerland
Coordinates:46.522242° N, 6.634873° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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  1. Frommer's Switzerland, 12th ed. (2006).
  2. The Rough Guide to Switzerland 3 (2006), p. 130.

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Title:Historical Museum, Lausanne
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:01/13/2010
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