The Olympic and Paralympic Games capture our hearts every two years, with athletes putting their agility on the line for their country. But just because the Games don't occur all the time, it doesn't mean you can't relive the excitement throughout the year.
The museum showcases the history of some of America’s greatest athletes and features artifacts, interactive exhibits and immersive technology that embody the Olympic and Paralympic movements. The 12 galleries will take you on a journey through the personal struggles and career-defining moments of Team USA's athletes.
See one-of-a-kind artifacts
The exhibits housed in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum showcase the evolution of the Games, from their birth in Ancient Olympia to the current Team USA hopefuls who are training just around the corner at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center. Walk along walls lined with more than 150 Olympic and Paralympic medals that were awarded to athletes for competition over the course of history or view the impressive collection of Olympic and Paralympic torches.
Among the artifacts on display are the “Miracle on Ice” scoreboard from the Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Games, where the U.S. men's ice hockey team stunned the Soviet Union, along with Shannon Miller’s famous white scrunchie she wore while competing in 1992 and 1996. And with six different sport interactives to try along with artifacts ranging from training schedules and tickets to uniforms and equipment, you will be able to spend hours immersing yourself in the Olympic and Paralympic spirit.
The museum offers an interactive, inclusive and personalized experience for all ages
With its universal design, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is widely acclaimed as one of the most accessible museums in the world; designed so that all guests enjoy a parallel experience. You’ll feel the excitement of the Opening Ceremony as you enter with fellow guests and virtual Team USA athletes in the Parade of Nations. In the Summer Games gallery, you will find a variety of physical artifacts and digital elements that are historically significant. The Winter Games gallery simulates the angled icy slant of winter events decorated with bobsleds, snowboards and skeleton sleds.
In continuing with the accessibility aspects of the venue, you will be able to personalize your RFID credential upon entrance, featuring information about your particular accessibility needs and sports interests, and many of the exhibits automatically adjust to meet those preferences. As the years go by, the museum will grow and evolve alongside future Games — meaning there will always be something new for returning guests to explore.
Check out the building's eye-catching architecture
With an exterior skin of nearly 9,000 unique diamond panels that gleam in sunlight, the museum rises in front of mountain peaks with the grace of an athlete, its design inspired by the energy and constant motion of Olympic and Paralympic athletes in competition. As you travel between each exhibit, you’ll be able to admire breathtaking views of Colorado Springs through the gallery's floor-to-ceiling windows or from the outdoor patio. And, if you're hungry, Flame Cafe serves up delicious meals. Explore the Museum Shop for the latest USOPM gear before you head home too. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is the anchor for the new Southwest Downtown Urban Renewal District, and links downtown Colorado Springs with America the Beautiful Park to the west.
Stay in Colorado Springs to extend your trip
Visiting the museum is just the tip of the Team USA iceberg in Colorado Springs. Want to train like a Team USA athlete? Head to the Manitou Incline, a cable-car track that’s been converted into one of the most challenging hikes in the United States. When you're tired from your training, observe giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or head up to Pikes Peak — which at 14,115 feet is one of Colorado's most renowned peaks — and treat yourself to some of the world famous doughnuts at the top. Don't worry, you won't have a problem finding a place to stay in the city; Colorado Springs offers diverse lodging options so you can make a weekend out of your adventure.