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The history of the Norwegian Olympic Museum

The Norwegian Olympic Museum was officially opened by His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja on November 27, 1997. 

The Norwegian Olympic Museum was built with fundings from the after-use fund after the Olympic Games at Lillehammer. The museum opened in Håkons Hall in 1997, but after 17 years it became clear that a renewal was needed. The museum moved to Maihaugen in 2014. The purpose was to build a new and interactive museum that was finished before The Youth Olympics in February this year.  

11 February 2016 the new Olympic Museum opened with all nobilities in place.  The official opening  was done by Her Majesty Queen Sonja  

The Norwegian Olympic Museum's purpose is to collect, preserve, document and do research on materials from the Olympic history, with highlighting on the Norwegian Olympic history and sports history in general.  

Åpningen av nye OL-museet, 11. februar 2016. Foran hoppbakken står fra venstre Espen Bredesen, Dronning Sonja, Kronprinsesse Mette-Marit, Stine Lise Bratberg og Bjørn Dæhlie. Foto: Audbjørn Rønning/OL-museet

Fra åpningen av ol-museet på Lillehammer i 1997

Fra åpningen av OL-museet i 1997. Egil Danielsen forteller Kongen og Dronningen om Melbourne 1956. Foto: Scanpix

Dronning Sonja foretar den offisielle åpningen fra scena i Maihaugsalen. Foto: Audbjørn Rønning/OL-museet