A museum established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of the Olympic movement. It was opened in 1993, a long-term project of the IOC eventually realized on the basis of the increase in revenue enabled by the television and sponsorship deals (such as The Olympic Programme) achieved in the 1980s and 1990s. The museum was originally housed in the Villa Mon Repos in central Lausanne, Switzerland, a location used by Pierre de Coubertin, and was moved to its location in Ouchy, beside Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), in 1993. The cost of its construction was around US$68.6 million, 56.4 million of which was funded from donations or sponsorship. The museum's building and fittings are owned by the Olympic Museum Foundation, its collections, artefacts, and archives on loan, at no cost, from the IOC. The museum incorporates an Olympic Studies Centre, where the archives of the IOC can be consulted, subject to rules of confidentiality and access.
http://www.olympic.org/en/content/Olympic-Museum/ The official website of the International Olympic Committee's museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, including the Olympic Studies Centre which holds files and archives on the Olympics and the IOC.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.