Vision of the Olympic Movement

Olympism is a philosophy of life, which places sport at the service of humankind.


Building a better world through sport






  • Ensure the uniqueness and the regular celebration of the Olympic Games
  • Put athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement
  • Promote sport and the Olympic values in society, with a focus on young people


Universality and Solidarity

Unity in Diversity

Autonomy and Good Governance


The Olympic Museum brings together culture and sport to celebrate the values, endeavour and creativity of humanity in movement.

The Olympic Museum offers unique programmes that explore the relationships between sport and society, science and technology, and art and culture.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, IOC President from 1896 to 1925 and founder of the modern Olympic Games, first had the idea of creating an Olympic Museum.

A prefiguration of the future museum found its place within the Villa Mon-Repos in Lausanne, the residence of the Baron and headquarters of the IOC between 1929 and 1937.

Then, on 23 June 1993, Pierre de Coubertin’s dream finally became reality when the then-IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, inaugurated The Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Exhibitions, events and educational programmes showcase the pursuit of excellence embodied by Olympians – an illustration of how we all constantly strive to surpass ourselves.

A hub for knowledge-sharing, The Museum fosters dialogue and creativity, and celebrates diversity and harmony between peoples.
Enjoy the Museum experience in person and online.

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