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Norwegian Olympic Museum (Norges Olympiske Museum) is located at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway.Use our Lillehammer tour planning app to visit Norwegian Olympic Museum on your trip to Lillehammer, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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
Norwegian Olympic Museum reviews
The Norwegian Olympic Museum was amazing! As a fan of the Olympics, I planned my trip to Lillehammer around the Olympic Games and venues. A wonderfully laid out museum featuring both 1952 Oslo & 1994.... more
The Norwegian Olympic Museum was amazing! As a fan of the Olympics, I planned my trip to Lillehammer around the Olympic Games and venues. A wonderfully laid out museum featuring both 1952 Oslo & 1994.... more »
If Olympics is of interest to you, this is worth a visit if in the area. A well laid out museum with enough interesting displays and information. Have visited the original Olympic Museum in Lausanne..... more
If Olympics is of interest to you, this is worth a visit if in the area. A well laid out museum with enough interesting displays and information. Have visited the original Olympic Museum in Lausanne..... more »
Absolutely great museum that you would never know is hidden up here. Seemingly brand new and huge. Excellent café. Olympic stuff is great and nicely presented, interesting particularly if you're a fan of the Olympics in general. Lovely walk circuit outside around reconstructed buildings from different eras is included (folk museum style with costumed interpretation in summer). You can go in the buildings. Highlight for me were homes from different decades beautifully presented as if the people had just popped out.
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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