The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is created in 1993 at the instigation of the then President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and completely renovated in 2013. It is located on the shores of Lake Geneva in Ouchy and presents exhibitions on sport within the Olympic movement. In the park housing the museum you can see some sculptures related to sports. With more than 300’000 visitors per year, it is one of the most visited museums in Western Switzerland.
Paid parking spaces are available along the lake road in front of the museum or at the Navigation Parking 500 metres from the entrance to the Olympic Park.
The museum consists of 4 floors and an outdoor exhibition area. The interior space includes 3 permanent exhibitions and starts on the first floor and ends in the basement.
- First floor
- Second floor
Level 2 consists of a cafeteria with a gallery and a terrace with a nice view of Lake Geneva.
Level 1 deals with the theme of the Olympic world. It traces the history of the Olympic movement from the Greek period to the present day.
Level 0 deals with the theme of the Olympic Games. It gives an overview of the different Olympic activities. For example, it groups together objects that belonged to the different champions.
Level -1 addresses the theme of the Olympic spirit. It shows aspects related to the games such as fraternity, Fair Play or nutrition. Some agility games are available at the end of the museum.
The outside of the museum displays sculptures in the Olympic Park and presents different disciplines of athletics such as a 100-metre track, a high jump bar and shot put balls in order to get a closer look at what they look like.
A video on the museum.