A restoration and research laboratory
The laboratory is responsible for supervising the museum's collections (checking their condition, packaging for exhibitions, preparing objects), but also devotes a significant part of its time on preserving objects discovered during archaeological excavations. The stabilization of archaeological metal material (iron and bronze) is often one of the emergencies to which it is confronted with during excavations. This step ensures the survival of the objects and their preservation in order to examine them and pass them on to future generations. After stabilization, restoration often takes many hours to enable objects to be displayed in an exhibition.
The exhibition rooms
The MCAH offers three exhibition rooms in Rumine's palace: one prehistoric, one historical and one dedicated to the coin and medal collections. These rooms offer a panorama of the human occupation of the territory of the canton of Vaud from the last glaciations around 12,000 BC to the present day. The Iron Age is very well represented here with, for example, the princely chariot tomb of Payerne, dating from the end of the First Iron Age, the ornaments of Saint-Sulpice and a selection of objects from the Mormont. Each of these sites contributed to the advancement of Celtic research between the 19th and 21st centuries.
From a woman's grave, Assens. Around 600 BC © MCAH / Yves André.
Selection of glass, bronze and coral jewelry
From the Saint-Sulpice necropolis. 4th century BC © MCAH / Yves André.
Reconstruction of a funeral of a young girl
In the necropolis of Saint-Sulpice around 400 BC © MCAH / Cecilia Bozzoli.
Selection of bone, bronce and glass jewelry
From the necropolis of Orny. 5th century BC. © MCAH / Yves André
Objects found in the graves of a woman and a Celtic warrior
Possibly a mercenary returning from Italy, Ollon. Around 300 BC. © MCAH / Yves André.
Selection of representative objects
Found in the pits of the site of Le Mormont: ceramic, tools and metal tableware. Around 100 BC. © MCAH / Yves André.
Painted ceramic vase
Found at Le Mormont. Around 100 BC. © MCAH / Yves André.