Welcome to the Olympic Museum Lausanne: 1,500 objects, 32,292 square feet (3,000 square meters) and seven hours of audio-visual and interactive material make it the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world. Its state-of-the art, hands-on exhibition immerses visitors in the history and spirit of the Olympics on an approximately two-hour tour of the museum's three stories and surrounding grounds.
Your visit to the Musée Olympique, as the museum is also known, begins in the basement but ends up in the Olympic Village, where hundreds of athletes live and train over 15 days. Discover how they eat, how they relax and how technology influences their training by trying your hand at interactive devices that will allow you to experience the extent of their physical capabilities.
On the ground floor, you'll learn about the Games themselves with a 180-degree theater and a display room full of memorabilia and Olympic medals. The second-floor exhibit is dedicated to the Olympics' ancient origins and showcases torches from every edition of the Games since 1936, as well as the first Olympic flag, dating back to 1913.
Good for both sports fans and families, the Olympic Museum is a popular stop among visitors arriving to Lausanne on a day trip from nearby Geneva or Chamonix. Most trips include a guided tour of the iconic Château de Chillon and a stop in the lakeside town of Montreux, so you can make the most out of your visit to the Swiss countryside.
Insider’s Tip: If you’re traveling with children, plan to spend the bulk of your time on the Olympic Spirit floor, where the young ones–as well as the more competitive adults–will have the opportunity to test their balancing, reaction times and strength in real time, the results of which they can compare against actual Olympic data and life-size posters of Olympians.
The Olympic Museum Lausanne is located on Quay d’Ouchy, across Lake Geneva. It can easily be reached by public transit: Ouchy-Olympique station (line 2) is a 10-minute walk west from the museum, and buses 8 and 25 stop directly in front of the museum. If arriving by car, drive toward the lakefront from central Lausanne and park in the lot beneath the Place de la Navigation. Parking costs 2.20 CHF per hour.
The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm between May 1 and October 14, and every day except Monday from 10am to 6pm between October 15 and April 30. Admission rates are 18 CHF per adult (17+), 10 CHF per child (6-16) and 40 CHF for families.