Held every four years, the Olympics is probably one of the grandest sporting events on the planet! And to pay its tribute, Athens has built this gorgeous museum dedicated to the Olympics. The museum was initially scheduled to open in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things got delayed.
The Athens Olympic Museum is opened in Maroussi, the district that was home to 1896 Olympic marathon champion Spiridon Louis.
IOC member and Hellenic Olympic Committee Chairman Spyros Capralos said, “We believe that it will support Greece’s contribution in the modern Games. The Athens Olympic Museum is an international museum that showcases the history of the Games highlighting the Hellenic Influence in the formation of the Olympic Movement. There is a special space dedicated to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and of course the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. It will be really worth a visit. ”
Spread over some 3500 sq m, the museum narrates the tales of the Olympic Games in a welcoming and engaging manner. There’s a display that particularly focuses on the origins of the ancient games, and the hall is dedicated to Ancient Olympia, the cradle of the Olympics.
Capralos further said that all the museum’s collections are absolutely new and there’s a special area in the museum dedicated to Olympia and the Olympic Games of antiquity. ”
The star feature of the museum is the room dedicated to the Athens 2004 Olympics which has props used during the spectacular opening ceremony of the games. The room also focuses on the role of athletes involved in the games.