Musée de l’Elysée

The Musée de l’Elysée was the first in Europe to have chosen to commit exclusively to photography. This institution owns a collection of over 100,000 photographs covering the entire history of the medium, from its origins to our day, and in particular includes significant collections by Robert Capa, Gilles Caron, Raymond Depardon, Mario Giacomelli or Sebastião Salgado. The museum is also the depository for several photography collections, such as those of Charles Chaplin, Nicolas Bouvier and Ella Maillart. The museum is spread over three floors and has eight exhibition rooms as well as a bookshop -boutique and a café. Since 2011, the museum has also brought out its own magazine, ELSE, that presents unpublished portfolios every six months, chosen by an international editorial committee. With its thematic exhibitions, historical retrospectives dedicated both to emerging talents or famous photographers, the Musée de l’Elysée tries to show the diversity of photographic practice. The museum will soon move to a space worthy of its international standing in the CFF halls, with the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Artsetmudac. Free admission on the first Saturday of each month.


Place de la Gare 17
1003 Lausanne
021 318 44 00
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Access:Bus et métro M2, arrêt Gare de Lausanne
Person in charge:
Nathalie Herschdorfe