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.

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


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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 :

Free school visit - Cindy Sherman


Guided school visit – Cindy Sherman


Free school visit - Man Ray


Guided school visit – Man Ray
Free school visit guide

The museum made easy

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

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Open-access space

The Photo Elysée Workshop is a space dedicated to creation aimed at raising public awareness through a program of activities revolving around various photographic practices. Whether it's composition work, shooting, cyanotype, or experimental processes, the workshops offer you the opportunity to explore photography while having fun.

The workshop is also a space occupied by artists and photographers. Following the rhythm of temporary exhibitions, the workshop hosts artistic installations that speak to us about photography, designed to inspire cultural mediation activities and for the public to enjoy freely.

Whether with family, friends, as a couple, or alone, everyone discovers photography from a new perspective – one that is immersive, interactive, and playful.

Thomas Mailaender

Inclusions is a collection of furniture and contemporary design classics that Thomas Mailaender has revisited by using images that would otherwise have been thrown away. These photographs, documents, and bits of rubbish that were found at flea markets or simply lying on the ground, are set in resin and then incorporated into the furniture. The French artist thus replaces, for example, the surface of the famous Le Corbusier LC6 table, the seats of the iconic Ikea stools, and integrates these pieces of synthetic material into the wood of a Poul Kjærholm table.

A kind of fossil, forever associating images that have been abandoned and were doomed to disappear, each piece of resin encapsulates a memory. So many lost stories that hope to find a new path in our imagination, to foster dialogue and reflection.

Commissioned by the museum, this intriguing and iconoclastic installation has been specially created for the new education space. It is designed to be used and to prompt discussion on photography and the importance of images in our lives. Without creating any new images, Mailaender plays with the ones he finds and collects. He (re)gives them form through these everyday objects and invites us to make connections.

Beyond the walls

In order to bring art and culture to as many people as possible, Photo Elysée is developing a range of tools and educational projects to reach out to audiences who can't or don't usually visit museums.


Photography at your doorstep!

The Photomobile reaches out to audiences who are unable or unaccustomed to visiting the museum. It offers studio sessions led by professional photographers. People supported by socio-cultural institutions in the Canton of Vaud are invited to take part.

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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).