Norwegian Olympic Museum, Lillehammer

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Norwegian Olympic Museum (Norges Olympiske Museum) is located at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway.

The Norwegian Olympic Museum shows the history of the Olympic Games in ancient and modern times, with a focus on the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo and 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer. Olympic highlights are presented through interactive installations, multimedia presentations and stories related to authentic objects. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum also displays temporary exhibitions with a theme related to sports history and athletic achievements. Paralympics and the Youth Olympics have their own sections in the museum.
The Norwegian Olympic Museum was officially opened by King Harald V and Queen Sonja on November 27, 1997, in Håkons Hall. The museum was reopened as a new modern museum at Maihaugen in 2016. The museum has interactive installations, multimedia presentations and original objects. It is the only museum in northern Europe that presents the entire history of the Olympic Games. The museum has a collection of more than 7,000 Olympic items in all.
“The stories in the museum can be important for young persons because they can inspire them to stay in sports”. Bjørn Dæhlie, Olympic gold medalist
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  • This is a small museum but one of the best organized one. A lot of interactive stations and plenty of real things in the exposition. I believe is worth the visit even if you can walk and read...  more »
  • Takes about an hour to go round the museum. Documents the history of summer & Winter Olympics, good focus on the Lillehammer games, and about achievements of Norwegian Olympic athletes from across...  more »
  • Great if you’re interested in sports. There’s plenty of memorabilia and you learn/refresh your knowledge regarding the history of the Olympics.
  • I tend to think of the Olympics as simply a competition to prove physical prowess and athletic superiority, but the exhibits here emphasize the cultural significance of the Olympic games, the striving for human excellence, the power of the human spirit, and the celebration of human diversity and perseverance. Very uplifting! Don't miss the powerful video near the beginning, in which various world leaders--including President Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth--open the games over the years, and various cultures display their finest dances and celebrations in the opening ceremonies. Powerful and inspiring! (OK, I cried a little.) The museum is small but includes a section on women in sports as well as a very small exhibit on the Paralympics. You can easily get through the museum in 60 minutes. Suitable and educational for all ages.

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