Musée de l'Elysée
One of the first – and still few – museums in Europe devoted entirely to photography, the Musée de l'Elysée has very quickly gained an international status and reputation since its opening in October 1985.
With roughly 120,000 original prints in its collections, it is located in an elegant 18th century mansion surrounded by an English garden that overlooks the lake. It takes up eight rooms over four floors between vast vaulted cellars and roofs with spectacular joist frames.
Recognised as a centre of expertise in the field of conservation and enhancement of visual heritage, it holds a unique collection of more than 100,000 prints and preserves several photographic archives, in particular those of Ella Maillart, Nicolas Bouvier, Charlie Chaplin and René Burri.
By supporting young photographers, offering new perspectives on the masters and confronting photography with other art forms, the Musée de l’Elysée experiments with the image.
Based in Switzerland, it presents four major exhibitions in Lausanne each year and an average of fifteen in prestigious museums and festivals around the world. Regional by character and international in scope, it seeks to constantly develop new and exciting ways to interact with audiences and collaborate with other institutions.