Visits and activities

Photo Elysée makes its exhibitions and collections accessible to as many people as possible thanks to various cultural mediation offers: guided tours, creative workshops, concerts, performances and round tables. The museum positions itself as a place of welcome, exchange, learning and discovery, open to all.

Open to all

Guided tours

A moment of discovery

Free guided tours are offered on a regular basis allowing you to discover our exhibitions be following a targeted itinerary. The opportunity to discuss the works presented and take a more curious look at photography.

Adult workshops

L’Atelier: a place dedicated to creativity

L'Atelier of Photo Elysée is a space dedicated to creation that aims to make the public more aware of various photographic practices. Exploring composition or shooting methods, cyanotype or experimental processes, the workshops offer you the chance to explore photography through the works in our collections.

The workshops are open to people aged 16 and over and are supervised by a professional.

Free access activities

The Studio

In this freely accessible, interactive space, Le parcours de l'image invites you to discover tips and tricks for better observing, analyzing and producing a photograph. Composition, framing and editing will no longer hold any secrets for you!

You'll also find mini-workshops linked to our current exhibitions, which you can do on your own.

Private visits

Your tailor-made special moment

It is possible to book a private tour of our exhibitions, adapted to your expectations and desires. A guide accompanies the participants as they explore the exhibition: reading keys, interpretation paths, exchanges of points of view...


Private visit of the exhibitions


For all other private tour requests, please contact

Guided tours of Plateforme 10

Ville en tête, in collaboration with Plateforme 10, the MCBA, mudac and Photo Elysée, offers guided tours of the new museum centre in Lausanne. Several walks present and question the architecture of the museums, as well as their location on the Plateforme 10 site. The tours are aimed at the general public but are adapted to answer questions from building professionals.

One site, three museums

One site, three museums tour: architectural tour of the Plateforme 10 site, with historical information on the development of the site and the creation of the three museums. The tour takes place mainly outside, with limited access to the museums.

Duration: 1h30
Price: CHF 300.- per group of 25 people



Photo Elysée – mudac

Photo Elysée – mudac tour: architectural tour of the Photo Elysée and mudac buildings, designed by the architects Aires Mateus. Subject to availability, tours are possible every day except on Tuesdays, when the museums are closed.

From October 2022
Duration: 1h
Price: CHF 240.- per group of 25 people


Young audience

Children's workshops

Make discovery fun

Our children’s workshops explore photography through a variety of artistic practices. Children aged 6 and over are encouraged to experiment with different techniques, from collage to drawing, printing and painting. The theme of the workshops varies according to the exhibitions, and the playful aspect allows children to learn while having fun.

All workshops are supervised by a mediator.

Family visit

Come and have a great time with your family!

For your family museum getaways, we offer fun, educational tours. An opportunity to familiarise yourself with the museum and its works through the exhibitions.



School visits

A different way to learn

At Photo Elysée, we encourage young people to immerse themselves in the world of photography and are delighted to welcome school groups. For these tours, admission to the museum is free for students and the people accompanying them.

Reservation for classes is mandatory, with or without a guided tour.

Reservations :

Guided school visit – Richard Mosse


Guided school visit – Deborah Turbeville


Free school visit of the exhibitions
Free school visit guide

The museum made easy

For teachers accompanying their students on a visit without a guide.

Download the guide (PDF)
Educational newsletter

Stay up to date with Photo Elysée's school activities by subscribing to our educational newsletter.

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In order to ensure that people living far away from museums can also take part in cultural and educational activities, Photo Elysée’s Public and Cultural Mediation service is developing various tools to reach out to people who cannot visit the museum in person.

Elysée Photomobile

Photography is coming to you!

During our move to Plateforme 10, we visited schools and specialist institutions in the Canton of Vaud, offering free educational workshops focusing on photography and the museum’s collections.

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Chaplin Kit

A group activity to offer your classes!

Using a selection of photographs taken from two cult films by the famous filmmaker, Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940), the  Chaplin through History exhibition kit activity involves discovering the professions that give life to Photo Elysée and creating a temporary exhibition.

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Educational resources

Educational resources

The toolbox contains a variety of teaching and workshop cards as well as fun visit aids. There are so many free resources to prepare your visit to the museum, extend it at home or simply learn everything about photography if you can’t get to the museum.

This page is regularly updated with new materials intended for teaching staff and the general public.


As part of our mission of being open to all, we aim to promote barrier-free participation in cultural life for people with and without disabilities. Accordingly, we organise projects related to accessibility and make it a part of our everyday lives.

Photo Elysée guarantees different audiences not only the appropriate cultural offer, but also the right to have unrestricted access to the content, building, job offers and various communication tools.


Mediation activities are generously supported by the Federal Office of Culture (FOC).