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  Musee historique de Lausanne
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      Musee historique de Lausanne
    by Zvrlj
  • Musee historique de Lausanne - Lausanne
      Musee historique de Lausanne
    by Zvrlj

Musee historique de Lausanne ? the Lausanne Historical Museum is housed in the bishop's palace, the building which oldest sections date back to the 11th century. It was opened to the public in 1918. The permanent exhibition, consisted of many authentic artifacts, reconstructions, engravings, photographs? tells the story of Lausanne from its prehistoric origins to the present days. The star exhibit is the extraordinary model representing 17th century Lausanne on a 1/200 scale. It is based on a 1638 map drawn by David Buttet for the council room at the city hall, and the first cadastral map of 1723. Very useful Lausanne tourisme web page gives following technical informations: "The entire model, which weights 1500 kg and required two years of work by four model makers, shows 850 buildings, 1700 chimneys, 500 people and? 4000 vines. Yes, because there was once a time when Lausanne's vines reached as far as Place Saint-Francois." Along with sound ? recorded story in several languages, and light pointers, it is an extraordinary lesson about the history of the city. We have enjoyed it. Another very interesting part of the exhibition is the presentation of old (and some of them ? very strange) music instruments.

The museum continually offers temporary theme-based exhibitions ? at the time of our visit, in July of 2008, it was Une Suisse rebelle. 1968-2008 ? A rebel Switzerland. 1968-2008, story of events and movements that marked the Switzerland of the late sixties and the next decades. It is interesting to mention (and this seems to be the proper place) that women in Switzerland were allowed to participate (by voting) in elections since 1971!

Address: Place de la Cathedrale 4, Lausanne
Directions: The Lausanne Historical Museum stands by the south side of the Cathedral.
Website: http://www.lausanne.ch/mhl

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2010
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