The Olympic Museum
If watching the recent Olympic games in Beijing has given you sports Olympic fever, why not visit the official Olympic Museum in Lausanne and immerse yourself in the spirit and the history of the games in this state-of-the-art museum?
Lausanne has been home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and thus the Olympic capital, for 100 years. In 1993, the IOC founded their unique official museum on the banks of Lake Geneva; it was renovated in 2013 with the most up-to-date facilities. Now spread over three floors, the exhibits present the origin of the games, the competitions, and the athletic spirit through more than 150 screens and 1,500 objects, including the torches and medals of all Olympic games, as well as the equipment of the most famous athletes. Children can really get the feeling of what it is like to be an athlete thanks to the many interactive activities.
A marathon of emotions, the visit to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne allows visitors (and athletes) to relive great Olympic moments. Feel the pulse of the champions and discover the creative flair of the host cities. You can experience the world of the Olympic games with all its facets. As well as its permanent exhibition, the Olympic Museum offers temporary exhibitions and a varied cultural program throughout the year. Special programs are created for each edition of the Games.
The permanent exhibits, the grounds decorated with works of art, and the panoramic restaurant with a view over Lake Geneva and the Alps, make the museum a must-see attraction in Lausanne. Opening hours in winter are 9:00–18:00 daily (closed Mondays); tickets are CHF 20 for adults, CHF 14 for students, and free for kids up to age 15 accompanied by a paying adult. Free audio guides are also available in nine languages, including English.
Also, if you are visiting the Olympic Museum, you may also want to consider visiting the Aquatis Aquarium, just a few minutes drive away in Lausanne (for a description, see our post, https://www.basellife.com/aquatis-aquarium-vivarium/).
The Olympic Museum
1, quai d’Ouchy