Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire

An unmissable visit to discover 15,000 years of history of the canton of Vaud. The MCAH has been located in the Palais de Rumine, at the heart of Lausanne, since 1908. Free admission

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The museum bears witness to the intense activity of archaeologists since the 19th century. The large number of digs since the early 1970s continually enriches the Museum’s collections, which are overflowing with artefacts from every period from prehistory to modern times, discovered underground or in monuments of the canton of Vaud.

Often recognised solely for its public activities, the MCAH prioritises the long-term conservation, restoration, inventory and study of the findings from archaeological digs in the canton of Vaud before its own development. 

The historic collections are made up of pieces acquired through donations, bequests and purchases. They include a wide range of high-quality artistic objects.

The ethnographic, Egyptian and Greco-Roman collections at the MCAH were mostly assembled in the 19th century. For the moment, they are not presented in the museum’s permanent exhibition.

In 2019, the coins and medals collections of the State of Vaud were integrated into the MCAH, after having been managed by the Cabinet des Médailles, and then the Musée monétaire cantonal.

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From glacial retreat to the present

01.01.2011 - 31.12.2025

From glacial retreat to the present

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Lay your money down!

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2025

Lay your money down!

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Collections invisibles 2020

03.11.2020 - 26.09.2021

Collections invisibles 2020

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Events

19:00

Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire
Organisé par l'Association des amis du MCAH
Conférence "Paléoclimatologie : faire revivre les climats du passé"

19:00

Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire
Organisé par l'Association des amis du MCAH
Conférence "Sion - Don Bosco : nouvelle nécropole du Néolithique final"

19:00

Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire
Organisé par l'Association des amis du MCAH
Conférence "Paléoclimatologie : faire revivre les climats du passé"