I have to be honest and state that I am not a big fan of museums. There something about the gloom and musty smell of those encountered in my childhood that has proven hard to shake off, but we were getting pretty desperate for ways to occupy the children towards the end of the winter and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne seemed like a good solution for a cold Sunday.
Perhaps bizarrely as it was well sign-posted, we couldn’t quite see where we should park and drove round a bit before finding a vacant place right out the front.
We walked up though a nice garden to the main entrance which is bright and modern. Entry costs CHF18 per adult and the children were free (above 6 years and it costs CHF10). We were easily able to access all parts of the museum with the double push chair and our tour began by using the spiral walkway leading up to the first floor.
I won’t go into huge detail about everything we saw but it was a nice mix of history, interesting facts and interactive displays.
The thing we liked best was the area where they had a number of games that visitors could try and Jude enjoyed getting involved in that too - he also liked the costumes and the mascots. I also really enjoyed the display of Olympic torches over the years and seeing the design of the medals as they changed through time.
"The thing we liked best was the area where they had a number of games that visitors could try and Jude enjoyed getting involved in that too."
We ended our visit with a hot chocolate in the restaurant on the top floor. The restaurant was modern and smart but they were about to start serving brunch (it is a very popular place in Lausanne) so a lot of the tables were reserved but we were able to find a perch for long enough to consume our drinks. The view across the lake was lovely and I imagine it would be a good place to eat.
Overall, we spent a nice morning strolling around. There was enough to keep children interested and plenty to read for the rest of us. I wouldn’t say it’s inflamed my passion for museums but its certainly gone some way to making me think we might try another.
Parking : Yes
Toilets : Yes
Baby Change Facilities : Yes
Accessibility : Possible with a pushchair
Website : https://www.olympic.org/fr/musee
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