LAUSANNE'S NEW OLYMPIC MUSEUM An extraordinary museum!

Issue: Issue2 2014
Most first-time visitors to Lausanne know that it is home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Yet, as Caroline Thonger reveals, the city also now boasts the stunning revamped Olympic Museum.

The aims of the new museum are lofty indeed: a global, multidisciplinary project offering visitors the opportunity to discover the complex and fascinating history of all those helping to create a better world through the Olympic movement – athletes, champions, artists, architects and volunteers.

After nearly two years of renovation, at the end of 2013 this fully revamped and redesigned museum re-opened its doors to the public. Prior to that, more than three million people from all walks of life had visited the museum since its opening in 1993.

The museum now welcomes visitors on three floors, with over 3000 square metres devoted to permanent exhibitions. From April 2014 two educational zones aimed at young people and school groups in particular have been set aside.

There are special programmes for each edition of the Games (the latest one featuring Sochi). This year is also the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pierre de Coubertin, recognised as the "father" of the modern Olympic movement.

Situated on the top floor of the museum, the TOM café has one of the most sought-after terraces in the whole of Lausanne, with spectacular views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. The café can be accessed directly (without a museum ticket) from the north entrance.

Sports fans will be fascinated by the legendary Olympic memorabilia displayed around the bar. The TOM café offers a range of food and drink, from the delicious seasonal menu concocted by their chef to an assortment of snacks with their own Olympic Museum twist.

 

THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM

1 Quai d'Ouchy
1006 Lausanne
+41 21 621 65 11

Opening times
May-Oct 09:00-18:00 (open daily)
Oct-May 10:00-18:00 (closed Monday)

Entry fee : adults CHF 18.- / kids CHF 10.-

www.olympic.org/museum

Author: Caroline Thonger

Caroline worked as Editor-in-Chief for Hello Switzerland for 3 years, responsible for the production of 12 issues of the magazine. London-born, she co-founded the Stratford Writers' Festival. Her first biography "The Banker's Daughter" was published in 2007 (Merton). Working as a freelance translator (4 languages), journalist and editor, she now lives in the Haut Valais.


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