Le Musée du Sport (The Sports Museum) in Paris might just be one of the city's most overlooked museums. Its current exhibition on the Olympics might change all of that, however, as visitors go to discover the fascinating history of the Olympic Games from Antiquity right up until today. Fans of history, sports or art can all find something to enjoy at this exhibition.
'Faster, Higher, Stronger! Summer Olympics from Athens to London 1896-2012' begins by showing off antique vases to introduce the atmosphere of the debut of the Olympics. As visitors continue on, the Olympic village begins to form, with athletes, archived documents, photographs and posters. In this way, the architecture, structures and ways of life of the Olympics are revealed to all those who wish to explore them.
In the second part of the exhibition, the Olympic Stadium becomes the focus. As the location of the principal competitions during the Olympic Games, the stadium bears witness to the greatest moments and most unforgettable emotions of this important event. The stadium is also the place of the opening and closing ceremonies.
Therefore, this part of the exhibit displays Olympic torches, flags, mascots, ceremony outfits and many other symbolic objects. These objects are brought together in order to make visitors feel as if they were participating in the Olympic Games, completely immersed in the action.
The last part of the exhibit is dedicated to the amazing athletes who have shown off their talents, much to the delight of millions of spectators. With interviews, sportswear and other items from these athletes, the Musée du Sport attempts to reconstruct their Olympic experiences.
This interesting exhibit runs until December 29, 2012, so guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens should make plans to (re)discover the Olympic Games soon.
Musée du Sport
93 avenue de France, 75013
Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Open Saturday, the first Sunday of the month and holidays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Tickets: 4 euros