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FRENCH SWITZERLAND Multifarious Museums


Center: Palais de Rumine houses fi ve museums, each with varying styles of art. | Photo by Megan Smith


Far left and right: Everything Olympic is housed at this museum in Lausanne. Historical pieces chronicle past summer and winter games. | Photos by Alden Jones


Palais de Rumine


T is late-19th-century building in Lausanne is home to fi ve museums in the heart of the city. T e Cantonal Museum of Fine Art off ers changing exhibitions throughout the year, featuring individual artists like the current Grasset exhibition and themed exhibitions such as the upcoming “Incongruous: When art makes you laugh.” T e Museum of Archeology and History exhibits numerous artifacts from ancient prehistory, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic. T e Palais de Rumine is also home to the Numismatic Museum, the Geological Museum and the Zoological Museum. If you want to spend a day visiting museums in Lausanne, the Palais de


Rumine is a one-stop trip to various exhibitions.


The Swiss Transport Museum


T e Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne exhibits


all forms of transportation


including locomotives, aircraſt s, ships and automobiles. Other attractions at the museum include an IMAX theater, a planetarium and the Swiss Arena, a large- scale aerial photograph of Switzerland.


Musée d’Art et d’Histoire


T e Museum of Art and History in the old town of Geneva has over 7,000 exhibits


on display ranging from prehistoric fi nds to contemporary art. T e 7,000 square feet of exhibitions are separated into three categories: archeology, fi ne arts and applied arts. One of the most important fi nds is probably the 15th- century altarpiece by Konrad Witz and stained-glass window that were once in the nearby Saint Peter’s Cathedral.


Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art


T is museum in Geneva exhibits a broad range of works from the 1960s to the present day. T e museum’s four fl oors are full of installations, videos, paintings, photographs and sculptures that allow visitors to take in the modern art world.


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