Audiences and cultural outreach

Photo Elysée makes its exhibitions and collections accessible to as many people as possible thanks to a cultural outreach that envisages its programming and activities in a welcoming venue fostering dialogue, learning and discovery that is open to all, regardless of age.

Two spaces are dedicated exclusively to cultural outreach: Le Studio and L’Atelier. With family, friends, as a couple or alone, everyone can discover photography from a new standpoint – immersive, interactive and playful at the same time.

For each exhibition, Photo Elysée also uses several forms of cultural outreach in order to offer a singular and surprising programme: traditional guided tours that are also a little off-the-wall, flying mediation, masterclasses and cultural events of all kinds, concerts, performances and conferences. The wide range of activities organised is therefore aimed at the general public, regardless of whether they are familiar with photography and culture.

Le Studio

The image path

Behind the scenes of creating a photograph

Come and discover Le Studio, a fun, interactive space where you can experiment alone, with friends or with family!

Before taking a picture, photographers choose the subject, composition and framing. After being saved on the camera, the image can still be retouched, cropped and printed in different formats.

Each step along the Image path allows you to discover the tricks that will help you better observe, analyse and take a photograph.

Open to all


A rich and diverse program

In addition to our exhibitions, we organise a varied, trans-disciplinary programme of cultural events that is accessible to as many people as possible. Through performances, readings, lecture series, concerts, screenings, masterclasses, night-time or original visits, we offer you the opportunity to discover the content of our exhibitions from several different standpoints.

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.

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…


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.

From October 2022
Duration: 1h30
Price: CHF 300.- per group of 25 people
Reservations :

  • 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
Reservations :

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 :

Free school visit guide

The museum made easy

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


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.

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.

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).