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German Sports and Olympics Museum
A 3,000-year-old storyCologne
Musée du Sport et des Jeux Olympiques
Im Zollhafen 1
Just a stone’s throw away from the Chocolate Museum, the German Sports and Olympics Museum invites the whole family to an interactive and sporty visit.
A 3,000-year-old story
The Museum exhibition starts chronologically and, unsurprisingly, looks at the ancient roots of sport and the Olympic Games, examining the original links between sport and religion, and even superstition. We then leave Greece to look at the birth of fair play in amateur British sport in the 19th century, with a stop in France to find out about the contribution of Pierre de Coubertin to the history of the Olympic movement, and then Germany, to look at the political dimension of the 1936 and 1972 Olympics. The many darker sides of the Olympics, such as propaganda, media relations and doping are not overlooked. In addition to the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, the exhibition also examines so-called “trendy” disciplines such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX.
Take the challenge!
A visit to a museum devoted to sport couldn’t possibly be sedate. Here, visitors, and especially kids, are invited to see for themselves exactly what is involved in the sporting disciplines. They can do so by trying out the long jump as it was done in Antiquity, having a cycling race, getting into a boxing ring or having a football match on the museum roof.
From Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11:00am to 7:00pm
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