Inaugurated in 1993 in Ouchy on a lakeside promenade, the Olympic Museum replaced a number of temporary museums successively set up since 1915. It is undoubtedly the best-known Lausanne museum throughout the world.
Musée Olympique, Lausanne
Its permanent exhibition illustrates the great plan of Baron de Coubertin, the renovator of the Games who died in 1937 shortly after becoming an honorary citizen of Lausanne. There are countless historical objects: the Olympic torches of all games, and the equipment used by top athletes to win the gold medal.
The thematic temporary exhibitions focus on current events. For example the exhibition held at the end of 2007 with the title Les Voiles du Défi (Challenging Sails) paid tribute to the American Cup in conjunction with celebrating the hundred years of the International Sailing Federation. The museum is lively and highly interactive. Thanks to information technology and robotics, great Olympic moments can be re-experienced. A library, a videotheque, a centre of Olympic studies, an auditorium and a panoramic restaurant complete the offer.