Olympic Museum

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Olympic Museum
Musée olympique
Musee olympique.jpg
The main entrance, before the 2012-2013 renovation.
Established 23 June 1993
Location Lausanne, Switzerland
Website www.olympic.org

The Olympic Museum (French: Musée olympique) in Lausanne, Switzerland houses permanent and temporary exhibits relating to sport and the Olympic movement. With more than 10,000 pieces, the museum is the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world[1] and one of Lausanne's prime tourist site draws[2] attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year.[3]

The Olympic Museum and the Olympic Park (sculpture garden between the museum and the Lake Léman) are located at Ouchy. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are located at Vidy (to the west of Ouchy).


The museum was founded on 23 June 1993, on the initiative of Juan Antonio Samaranch. Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, an International Olympic Committee member, and Jean-Pierre Cahen, were in charge of the project. The museum was named the European Museum of the Year in 1995.[3]

After 23 months of renovation, the Olympic Museum opened again on 21 December 2013. During the transformations of the building (2012-2013), a temporary exhibition was set up in a boat (Helvétie) of the CGN, in front of the Olympic Park.

With the renovation, the surface of the museum increased from 2000 m2 (in 2011) to 3000 m2 (in 2013) .

Olympic Park[edit]

The Olympic Museum is surrounded by a park containing numerous works of art on a sporting theme. Among the most notable works of art in the museum's permanent collection are the French sculptors Auguste Rodin's The American Athlete and Niki de Saint Phalle's Les Footballeurs, the Luxembourgish sculptor Lucien Wercollier's tribute to the pole vault Altius, the Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero's Jeune Fille a la Balle and a kinetic art sculpture by the Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely which combines a hockey stick, a boar's head and a motorbike wheel.


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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Natalie Leung (2008-03-13). "Free Olympics Archives Exhibit at Tap Seac Pavilion". Macau Daily Times. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  2. ^ Tom Wright (2005-05-02). "Literary Heyday Lingers in Lausanne". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Olympic Museum Lausanne". Swiss News. 2002-08-01. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 

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Coordinates: 46°30′31″N 6°38′2″E / 46.50861°N 6.63389°E / 46.50861; 6.63389