Olympic Museum

Museums, Sport Ouchy
Olympic Museum
Caroline Bishop
 Olympic Museum
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Olympic Museum
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Olympic Museum
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An impressively slick museum which worships at the altar of the Olympic movement, whose headquarters are in Lausanne.

As anyone who has arrived into the main train station knows, Lausanne is rather chuffed with its self-proclaimed status as ‘Olympic city’, due to the presence of the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters down by the lake in Vidy. A museum dedicated to the movement was created in Ouchy in 1993 and was renovated in 2013 to the tune of £36 million. As you’d hope for that amount of money, it’s now well-worth a visit. Divided into three themes, the permanent exhibition leans heavily on interactive, multimedia displays including interviews with athletes, wall-to-ceiling screenings of clips from opening ceremonies and games to test your own physical and psychological skills in various Olympic disciplines. There’s also a vast array of memorabilia documenting the design changes and scientific advances made throughout Olympic history in medals, venues, torches, outfits and sporting equipment. It even dips into the murky world of drug cheats, while ensuring that the shiny, wholesome veneer of the Olympic movement remains fully intact. In addition to the permanent exhibition there’s a series of temporary displays, plus a café-restaurant with a fantastic view of the lake.


Venue name: Olympic Museum
Address: Quai d’Ouchy 1
Opening hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Sun May-Sep; 10am-6pm Tue-Sun Oct-Apr
Transport: Metro M2; Bus 2, 8, 25
Price: Admission CHF18 adults; CHF10 children; CHF16 seniors; CHF12 students
Static map showing venue location