Palais de Rumine

Designed by the architect Gaspard André, the Palais de Rumine is the result of a donation from Prince Gabriel de Rumine to the city of Lausanne for the construction of a “public service” building. Inaugurated in 1902, its neo-Florentine style pays homage to the Italian Renaissance and is inspired by the Villa Medici in Rome or the stairs of the Laurentine Library in Florence designed by Michelangelo.

Multi-functional. Throughout its history, the Palais de Rumine will host many institutions: museums, library, university, parliament,… Over time, the Palais has got various redevelopments, up to its current configuration. This gives it a role as a link between the medieval city and the Place de la Riponne, with in particular its bridge linking the hill of the City to the 5th floor.



Today, the Palais has three museums (archaeology and history, geology and zoology) as well as the Cantonal and University Library. In addition to the exhibition and reading rooms open to the public, it is a real labyrinth, which includes warehouses, various workshops – archaeological restoration, binding, taxidermy – corridors, corners and nooks, as well as audiences, for both internal and external use. The building is open 7 days a week and welcomes a diverse population: exhibition visitors, migrants or outsiders looking for a hot spot and wifi, photographers, students, gymnasts who come for a picnic, researchers, tourists, people passing between the Riponne and the City…

Museum Cantonal of archeology and history

Museum Cantonal of geology

Museum Cantonal of zoology

Cantonal & University library of Lausanne

But the Palais is once again in a period of transition, with the move of the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts to the new PLATEFORM 10 site.

What to do with empty rooms? Can we imagine a common thread and links between the institutions of the Palais de Rumine, a palace of history and science? It is up to the Museomixers to use their imagination and creativity to make this venerable centenary a breathtaking place!