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Share the dream this Spring with The Olympic Museum

Experience great Olympic moments and the world of the Games at The Olympic Museum. With 3000 m2 of exhibition space, 1500 exhibits, and 150 screens, the Museum offers an enthralling exhibition and the ultimate experience. The Museum features sculptures by contemporary artists and sports installations in the extended and improved Olympic Park. The permanent exhibition on three levels addresses essential dimensions of modern Olympism. 

Olympic World 

The first theme of the permanent exhibition showcases the expanding phenomenon of the Olympic world. It illustrates the simple yet powerful concept of the Olympic Games in society. Visitors learn about the Games of antiquity, the modern Olympic Games, and the birth of the Games in Olympia. They also discover Pierre de Coubertin’s vision, the history of the Olympic Movement, and the interactive timeline. This part of the exhibition showcases the torches, host cities’ incredible commitment, their creative and architectural challenges, the opening ceremonies, and artistic productions created for the occasion. In the last Games, four billion people shared the visionary passion for sport as participants or spectators.

The Olympic Games  

The second floor of The Olympic Museum is dedicated to the Olympic Games, where visitors can explore the careers of great champions and outstanding Olympians, the evolution of sporting disciplines, and the Olympic program for Summer and Winter Games. This floor also provides an introduction to the Paralympics and the Youth Olympic Games.

The Olympic Spirit 

The Olympic Spirit is the third part of the exhibition that explores the aspects of the Olympic world, including how to become an Olympic champion, life under competition conditions, and the feelings of winning and losing. Visitors can watch videos of testimonials from champions to learn about training, pushing oneself to the limit, joy, drama, comradeship, and the sporting spirit.

The exhibition presents the Olympic Village atmosphere through memorabilia and interactive installations, while fun exercises let visitors test their agility and participate in mind games. These activities are inspired by the daily life of the champions. The exhibition concludes with a finale featuring a 180° audio-visual show that showcases Olympic values and presents medals as the ultimate symbols of excellence.

The Olympic Museum, it’s also a wide range of temporary exhibitions and special events. Do not miss: 

  • Free to run : 11 May 2023 to March 2024 
  • The Olympic Museum offers the “Free to Run” multimedia exhibition that showcases the evolution of marathons and long-distance running from Athens 1896 to Paris 2024. The exhibition is presented through original films and is curated by Swiss athlete and documentary filmmaker, Pierre Morath. Visitors can also participate in events, talks, guided tours, and an online exhibition on Google Arts & Culture. The exhibition is available in French, English, and German.
  • 30th anniversary The Olympic Museum: 24 & 25 June 2023 

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Olympic Museum is organising a special weekend dedicated to the public on June 24th and 25th, 2023. Stay tuned for the program, which will be announced soon!


The Olympic Museum has activities and visits for families, including a monthly guided tour of the permanent exhibition. The tour focuses on the values of friendship, solidarity, and respect, which are essential for creating the greatest Olympic Games. You will hear fun facts and inspiring athlete stories that illustrate these values. The tour’s theme is encapsulated in the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communiter”.

Date: The first Sunday of every month: 

Time & Language:
French: From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

German: From 11.30 to 12.30 pm

English: From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Age: 9 and above

Price: CHF 5 per participant (in addition to a museum entry ticket)

Reservation mandatory: https://museumshop.olympics.com/selection/timeslotpass?productId=10228475119700&lang=en

TOM Café – A café with breathtaking views 

Don’t miss the TOM café, located on the top floor of the Olympic Museum, for its colorful and sporty-themed décor, and spectacular terrace with views of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

TOM Shop – Nothing usual here!  

The TOM Shop is the perfect start or end to your Olympic Museum visit. It features unique and constantly changing products, allowing visitors to take home a piece of the Olympic dream. 


Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays (except bank holidays and special events). Closed on 24, 25, 31 December, and 1 January.  

The Olympic Museum
Quai d’Ouchy 1
1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
+41 (0)21 621 65 11


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