skulptur antikken Ian Brodie
Photo: Ian Brodie / Visit Lillehammer

The Olympic history from the antiquity until today

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At the Norwegian Olympic Museum you get the history of the Olympics from the first games in ancient Greece to today's modern Olympics.

Join us back to Olympia in Greece in 776 BC! Learn about the sports exercises and see the equipment used by the athletes in the first known Olympic Games.

Get to know the Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin who is the one to thank for having the Olympics today. He initiated the modern Olympic Games starting with the 1896 Athens Olympics.

You can also learn more about Olympic symbols such as the Olympic rings and the Olympic flame. The museum also tells about the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympism and the challenges to the Olympic ideals today.