IOC President Jacques Rogge passes on the baton at the new Olympic Museum

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has received the keys to the IOC from Honorary President Jacques Rogge during a handover ceremony at the new Mather & Co designed Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Some 200 guests including Prince Albert II of Monaco were treated to an entirely revamped Museum over three floors, and integrating the latest technological innovations. After the visit, President Bach shared his first impressions: “The Olympic world is at the same time traditional and ultramodern. This Museum manages to convey that combination in an exciting and innovative way, and thereby reach young and old alike. If there is one place outside the Olympic Games where the Olympic spirit can be felt to the same degree, it is this entirely redesigned Museum, here.”

President Bach continued: “Genuine Olympic moments are recorded here. They are presented in a wonderfully fresh and stirring way, so that we can all feel the fascination of this great idea. This Museum is a very special kind of Olympic adventure park, which records and conveys the uniqueness of the Games.”

The Olympic Museum will officially reopen its doors to the public on 21 December after 23 months of work.