1982: Opening of the provisional
Olympic Museum, Library and Olympic
Studies Centre in Avenue Ruchonnet

On 23 June 1982, an interim museum in Avenue Ruchonnet was inaugurated by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and Lausanne Mayor Paul-René Martin.

With a surface area of 220 square metres, it was seen as the modest beginnings of an adventure that was certain to have a global impact. It featured a fresco of the history of Olympism and the Games, a reconstruction of Pierre de Coubertin’s study, including his desk, and also Coubertin’s own fencing equipment. 

A small library and Olympic Studies Centre were created, with the aim of contributing to the understanding, teaching and study of Olympism, which was seen as a vital stepping stone towards the construction of a permanent facility. By providing complete, classified and inventoried documentation to people interested in the Olympic phenomenon, but also by producing, creating and publishing content from monographs to university-level theses, the goal was to help raise awareness of the veritable essence, universality and permanence of the Olympic Movement, and to highlight the ultimate goal of Olympism, an educational movement, as instrument of civilisation.


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The Olympic Museum

Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage

The Olympic Museum is a destination and a content creator, as product are distributed by the cultural hub.

The Olympic Museum in Lausanne (Switzerland) (TOM) is the essential storyteller for the Olympic idea. The Museum is not about a collection, it is about an idea: Olympism. Its vocation is to let people discover the Olympic Movement, witnessing its essential contribution to society, and to transmit the Olympic values beyond the celebration of the Games and competitions.

History, culture, design, technology and sociology are some of the themes addressed beyond sport, in turn reflecting the richness and diversity of Olympism.

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The Olympic Studies Centre

The IOC Olympic Studies Centre is the world source of reference for Olympic knowledge. Its mission is to share this knowledge with professionals and researchers by providing information, giving access to its unique archive and library collections, enabling research and promoting dialogue between the academic community and the Olympic Movement.

The Studies Centre collaborates with a network of academics and university-based Olympic Studies Centres around the globe and funds Olympic-related research via two grant programmes.

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