The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, was founded under the leadership of IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and inaugurated on June 23, 1993. It received the European Museum of the Year award in 1995 and, with more than 250000 yearly visitors, is the second most visited museum in Switzerland.
While its permanent exhibition showcases the development of the modern Olympic Games through for example a display of the Olympic Torches and the different sporting equipments over time, it also regularly features temporary exhibitions related to current Olympic events.
The Olympic Museum is located inside the Olympic Park right next to the Léman.
The sculpture "Pluie" (Rain) by Jean-Michel Folon
The sculpture "Pluie" (Rain) by Jean-Michel Folon
Olympic Flame in front of the Olympic Museum - cauldron in marble and bronze by André Ricard
Olympic Flame in front of the Olympic Museum - cauldron in marble and bronze by André Ricard
Fountain marking the entrance to the Olympic Park in Lausanne Ouchy
Fountain marking the entrance to the Olympic Park in Lausanne Ouchy
 The building, designed by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Jean-Pierre Cahen and Miguel Espinet in the style of classical modernism, has been completely renovated by Swiss architects Brauen Wälchli Architectes and Tekhne SA in 2013, increasing the exhibition space from 2000 square meters to 3000 square meters.
Musée Olympique, Lausanne
Musée Olympique, Lausanne
Musée Olympique, Lausanne
Musée Olympique, Lausanne
Musée Olympique, Lausanne
Musée Olympique, Lausanne
Olympic Museum entrance
Olympic Museum entrance
Olympic Museum at night
Olympic Museum at night
Olympic museum spiral staircase
Olympic museum spiral staircase
Musée Olympique, Lausanne - staircase
Musée Olympique, Lausanne - staircase
interactive section of the Olympic Museum
interactive section of the Olympic Museum
The museum's restaurant, the TOM Café, has beautiful views of the Lake and the mountains.
TOM Café inside the Olympic Museum
TOM Café inside the Olympic Museum
TOM Café terrace with its interesting play of light and shadow
TOM Café terrace with its interesting play of light and shadow
The museum administration is located inside the Villa Olympique, originally built in 1927 to plans by Walter Baumann.
Villa Olympique - museum administration
Villa Olympique - museum administration
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