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Palais de Rumine, Lausanne

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The Palais de Rumine is a late 19th-century building in Florentine Renaissance style in Lausanne, Switzerland.HistoryOn his death, Gabriel de Rumine, son of Russian nobility, left the city of Lausanne 1.5 million Swiss Francs to erect a building for the use of the public.Building began in 1892 according to the design of the Lyonnais architect Gaspard André. The building was inaugurated on the 3 November 1902, although building work continued until 1904.It housed facilities such as the library of the University of Lausanne, and scientific and artistic collections belonging to the Canton of Vaud. In the 1980s, the university moved to its current location by Lake Geneva due to lack of space, and the Palais was restructured.Current useThe building currently hosts one of the three sites of the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne. Additionally, it contains the following museums: Musée cantonal des beaux-arts (Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts) Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire (Cantonal Museum of Archeology and History) Musée monétaire cantonal (Cantonal Museum of Money) Musée cantonal de géologie (Cantonal Museum of Geology) Musée cantonal de zoologie (Cantonal Museum of Zoology)
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  • Palace de Rumine in Lausanne has an interesting and dramatic history related to life values, heritage and relationship with the native land (the Russian impare, 19th century).  more »
  • Nice buildings on the square always seems to be a lot of activity, we were warned about pickpocketing so keep, your wits about you and your valuables safe. Given the impression it was not onthe good s...  more »
  • Actually a nice square especially if its market day like on wednesday or saturday. otherwise avoid as it is the home of all the drug addicts of Lausanne  more »
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  • Has a great open area, publicly accessible in front. Very lively area down town
  • Several museums in one place. Also shows great old movies etc.
  • An excentric building of the 19th century. The place contains a lot of naturals and artistic museum. That is the place where the parlement of Canton de Vaud reunited and where you can find the regional library with a lot of commodities for people like free internet, free newspapers etc. The place offers good conferences and events every week. A place to see and to use.
  • Must see place for tourists. The palace is magnificently big and contains lots of exhibitions like paleontology, archeology, geology, zoology, etc which were free to see during our trip in summer 2016. We spent 2 hours and felt it was less if you have interest in looking closely at the exhibitions.
  • A nice building, inside you will find different interesting museums.

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