Olympic Museum

Lausanne, Switzerland

The Olympic Museum (Musée olympique) in Lausanne houses permanent and temporary exhibits relating to sport and the Olympic movement. With more than 10,000 artifacts, the museum is the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world and one of Lausanne's prime tourist site attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year.

The Olympic Museum and the Olympic Park are located at Ouchy, south of Lausanne. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are located at Vidy, to the west of Ouchy.

The museum was founded in 1993. The permanent exhibition is organized into three major themes on three separate floors: Olympic World, Olympic Games, and Olympic Spirit. A visit begins on the third floor, where the Olympic World part of the exhibition informs visitors of the history of the ancient Olympic Games and the rebirth of the modern Games in the 19th century. Highlights include a display of Olympic torches, as well as a video documenting major moments in the history of opening ceremonies history.

The second floor focuses on Olympic Games. Sporting equipment for a variety of sports are on display, and visitors are introduced to the Youth Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. More than 1,000 video clips of Olympic Games events and athletes are can be searched and viewed at individual viewing stations.

The final part of the permanent exhibit covers the Olympic Spirit, where visitors are made to feel part of an Olympic Village and can test their balance, agility, and mental skills with interactive exercises. Olympic medals are also on display.

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Founded: 1993
Category: Museums in Switzerland

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Neeraj Singhal (4 years ago)
An iconic museum filled with memorabilia and exhibits of the beautiful Olympic Games. There is a lot of history to be seen and many interactive displays and exhibits that make it fun for everyone to get engaged and interact. Great for all ages, and the only warning is that the gift shop is just silly expensive. The museum was beautiful though and well worth a visit while in Lausanne - the home city of the games!
Nick Crofts (4 years ago)
Great selection of high quality produce at very reasonable prices. Sensible sanitation policy. Helpful staff.
Mateusz “MaToKoKs” Grabarczyk (4 years ago)
The must see in Lausanne. If you visit this city, you need to come to the Olimpic museum!
DBKayo (4 years ago)
It was a beautiful museum! For me the Olympic games were always fun to watch, but I didn't know much about the history behind it. I will not spoil that much, but it is really beautiful and inspiring! "It's not only a competition, it's a way of life" is one of the quotes that they used. I would really recommend it to everyone.
Okan Bostan (4 years ago)
After 20 years I have been back at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. It was a great moment to see the spot again. It is very very well maintenant. This time I had kids and my wife with me. The venue is very clean and impressive. If you come to Lausanne it is a must-see location. You have two options to select from, either the short tour free of charge or the 3 floors visit but with a ticket.
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