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The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is due toundergo a complete revamp between Spring2012 and Autumn 2013. While the work iscarried out, the museum could welcomevisitors aboard a paddle-steamer mooredalongside the museum park on Lake Geneva.Seven potential sites are beingconsidered that would enable the museumto maintain a presence in Lausanne duringthe 20-month-long refurbishment process.The preferred option is to moor a steameron the lake in front of the Olympic Museum and Park. The MS Helvétiewould provide atemporary home for the Olympic Museum.The Belle Époquepaddle-steamer, one of thelargest in the Compagnie Générale deNavigationfleet, was decommissioned nineyears ago after 75 years of service on LakeGeneva. The vessel's 600m2of exhibitionspace would allow a significant part of themuseum's collection of Olympic memorabiliato be displayed. Entrance would be free and,according to initial estimates, between100,000 and 200,000 visitors are expectedduring the renovations. In preferring this option, the InternationalOlympic Committee is demonstrating itscommitment to the "Olympic Capital" and to the heritage of the lakeside region. Thetemporary use of the paddle-steamer alsomeans that the vessel can undergo muchneeded restoration after lying idle for nine years.The Olympic Museum has welcomedover 3.3 million visitors since it first opened17 years ago and is one of the most popularmuseums in Switzerland. The new Olympic Museum will openfollowing the 20-month refurbishment, andwill offer a new innovative guest experienceand feature the latest technology. The park is also due for a complete overhaul, with a view to creating a direct link with theneighbouring Élysée Museum.Below The temporary Olympic Museum on Lake Geneva would look like this24OLYMPIC REVIEWTHEOLYMPICMUSEUMONLAKEGENEVA