The Olympic Dream?

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Olympic museum entrance

On the way to Geneva, I decided to stop at Lausanne to see the Olympic Museum.  This is located at the south of the city on the edge of Lake Geneva and I was really looking forwards to seeing it as I am a huge sport and Olympics fan.

Access to the museum is through the Olympic park where many Olympic sports are celebrated with different sculptures set in the ground.  In addition to the always burning Olympic flame there was an impressive temporary display of sand sculptures.

The museum is made up of different exhibitions.  THe first is on the history of the Olympics, from the original games held in Greece through to the invention of the modern games by Pierre de Coubertin.

Olympic torches
  All of the Olympic torches are on display, together with souviners from the past games.  Everything is shown in English (as well as French and German) so it is easy to learn about all the exhibits.

Upstairs there are areas dedicated to the Summer and Winter games and you can see some interesting things like Usain Bolt's running jersey from Beijing and Chris Bordman's bike from Barcelona.  Photography is banned but no one initally told me so I got some nice pics before the curator came over.  There was another temporary exhibition running called Heroes but this was mainly aimed at children and a bit boring for adults.  Also included in the entry are entries to the 3D cinema (not that interesting watching 7 year old footage of speed skating shot with only one 3D camera) and the video archive where you can pick from a variety of olympic film footage to watch (the system did not work for me).

Overall I came out feeling a little disappointed and a little bit ripped off (entry was CHF 15 - about £9).  The museum was good but could have been so much better.  With all the money the IOC generate they could surely have put something better together than this.  Would have been nice to be allowed to take pictures too!

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Olympic museum entrance
Olympic museum entrance
Olympic torches
Olympic torches
Cycling statue in the Olympic gard…
Cycling statue in the Olympic gar…
Display at the Olympic museum
Display at the Olympic museum
The Olympic Capital - on the Lausa…
The Olympic Capital - on the Laus…
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