The Future Museum at PLATEFORME 10

Temporary closure of the museum

From September 27, 2020 to June 2022

Photo Elysée is temporarily closed in order to prepare its move to PLATEFORME 10, Lausanne's new arts district. The transition period is devoted to the preparation of the new exhibitions, the control, cataloguing and relocation of the collections and archives, but also to the reflection on the new identity, the layout of the offices, workshops and public spaces such as the library, the new bookstore, and the mediation spaces.

Photo Elysée and mudac's new building handover ceremony

Photo Elysée and the mudac will receive the keys to their new building on the site of PLATEFORME 10 on November 4, 2021. The public will then be able to discover the finished building on November 6 and 7, 2021. During this festive weekend, Swiss artist Christian Marclay will take over the future exhibition spaces of Photo Elysée and mudac with a unique immersive installation composed of thousands of still images from the collections of the two museums.

Official opening

The official opening of Photo Elysée and the mudac will take place on June 15, 2022. The building will open its doors to the public on June 18 with a joint exhibition of the three PLATEFORME 10 museums on the theme of the railway.

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In June 2022, the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud will see three of their flagship cultural institutions brought together on a single site. The Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (mudac) and the Musée de l’Elysée will be joining the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, inaugurated on October, 2019, in their new quarters housed just a few yards from the station in the former CFF locomotive hangars. The PLATEFORME 10 project, of a scope unprecedented in Switzerland and sponsored by the Canton of Vaud, City of Lausanne and the CFF, aims to put Lausanne on the map as an innovative city of culture.

The space

The future Musée de l'Elysée, located at the base of the new building that it will share with the mudac, will offer a surface area of nearly 3,800 square meters. The exhibition spaces will be expanded and will display, in parallel with temporary exhibitions, a free exhibition of the museum’s collections. Adapted to current museum standards, the new building will enable the accommodation of large-scale projects, ensure easy installation and optimal security of the works and provide facilitated access for all audiences.

Two mediation spaces will be available to the general public. A varied programme of workshops as well as a free-access area will allow visitors to explore the photographic medium in its many shapes and forms.

The space dedicated to new technologies and digital culture, today known as LabElysée, will be considerably enlarged and will continue to develop innovative experimental projects.

The Collections

Currently stored in four different locations in Romandie, the collections - counting more than 1.2 million objects covering the entire history of photography - of the Musée de l’Elysée will be brought together in the new building in storage facilities offering optimal conditions for conservation. To this end, the museum is currently carrying out the “Out of the box!” project, which is aimed at preparing and organizing the documentation of the works which will be  moving to PLATFORME 10.

The architectural project

On October 5, 2015, the architects Aires Mateus were selected to design the Musée de l'Elysée of the future.

With its strong and direct architecture, the project "One Museum, Two Museums" project meets the requirements of the open call. In a single volume, it brings together in a synthetic way the duality and complementarity of the two museums distributed on either side of the luminous opening marking the common entrance. This horizontal space crosses the volume emerging at the bottom of the esplanade and spectacularly acts as a call for the visitor or traveller. The iconic quality of the building is not just a visual signal.

The concern to respect the functionality and quality of the spaces as a priority is clearly displayed. The welcome area is part of the extension of the public space whose location will therefore be specified, between the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts and this new building. A real forum opens on its four sides, this entrance hall will bring together all the common areas: ticketing, bookstore, shop and cafeteria.

The landscape treatment for the floor and ceiling will give this space a unique and warm connotation. A staircase leading to the mudac and another to the Musée de l'Elysée will clearly indicate the choice offered to visitors. The two exhibition spaces will make it possible to double the surfaces currently available to each of the museums in their historical site. The same size for both institutions, they will offer generous, flexible and modular spaces, and will allow the presentation of the collections and the scenography of temporary exhibitions to be deployed in a flexible way. The underground storage spaces and technical services will ensure optimal conservation of the collections, while the collaborators' areas will surround, to the north and west, the central building, itself entirely dedicated to the public.


June 17 and 18, 2022
Reopening of the Musée de l'Elysée at PLATEFORME 10

November 6 and 7, 2021
Musée de l'Elysée and mudac's new building discovery weekend

September 27, 2020
The Musée de l'Elysée closes temporarily

May 29, 2019
Free admission to the Musée de l'Elysée and beginning of the work on the collections in preparation for the move

October 5, 2018
The foundation stone for the Musée de l'Elysée and the mudac is laid