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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Eric Vlach (4 months ago)
This is one of my all time favorite museums of all time. As opposed to stereotypical museums where they display artifacts in a bland, one dimensional way, the Olympic museum includes a wealth of interactive exhibits, put together in extremely interesting, tasteful, engaging, and educational ways. If you are at all interested in the Olympics, you will not be disappointed in your visit.
Lily Fang (5 months ago)
Wasn't sure if I would regret spending 18CHF on entry, but am super glad I decided to go. I normally get bored quickly at museums, but this one had a lot of cool artifacts, interesting videos, and interactive exhibits. I especially liked the history behind the Olympic torches and seeing the real thing! The highlight videos of each Olympic games were also a great history lesson, and seeing medalists' costumes and equipment was cool (Michael Phelps' Athens swimsuit is there!). Would definitely recommend.
Jason AC (5 months ago)
First time in this well known museum. We spend 2 hours, but as an adult I could have spent another 2h more, reading and learning about the history of the games. The kids were interested, jumping from one exhibit to the other. The good news was the ability to buy a family entry ticket for a reduced price, instead of individual entry fees. The bad news was that we did not take the audio guides because it was sooo expensive.
Callum T (7 months ago)
The Olympic Museum is a really nice couple of hours of walking. You do get to visually see how some of these world records look in real life. They are just incredible and it shocks you. The grounds are really nice and there are statues you can't climb on so children may need to be kept a close eye on. I found it really interesting and fascinating and I'm sure you will too.
Stephanie J. Thurber (7 months ago)
I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. As a person who is not a huge fan of museums in general, I had low expectations for this place, but since everything was closed on Sundays in the city, it was the obvious choice to visit. It had a lot of history and cool outfits from the past Olympians to look at and had a lot of interactive features. I would highly recommend if you're in the city, and especially if you love museums or the Olympic games.
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