In early February, 2014, the world will once again gather for two and a half weeks in
For Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympic movement was much larger than pure competition. As he frequently said during his efforts to revive the ancient games, “The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”
In the 100-plus years that have transpired since Coubertin’s first games in Greece, controversy has probably been more in evidence than the athletic ideals espoused by their founder, but the spirit of the baron’s concept never wanes at the Olympic Museum in
Situated on a terraced esplanade overlooking Lake Geneva, the white Greek marble building glistens in the sun as its gardens and sculptures seep toward the shores of the lake. The Olympic Museum is a museum for people who don’t like museums for it is a rare combination of history, art, athletics and global cultural exchange that can be found nowhere else in the world.
The sculpture park leading down to the lake contains numerous pieces centering around a theme of athletics and competition. When combined with the art however, the museum features thousands of historical objects including Olympic torches from all of the games, equipment, medals and interactive displays where visitors can access virtually any event that was ever recorded.
The baron’s advocacy for the Olympic games evolved from several ideals he believed about athletic competition. To de Courbetin, the ancient Olympics, which were held every four years in
Other attempts to revive the Olympic movement were made prior to Baron de Courbetin’s success, the most notable of which happened in
In a city layered with museums, the Olympic Museum in
While sports may be the initial attraction to the Olympic Museum, the venue never lets travelers forget that art and culture must be included in the blend in order to fulfilll the purpose of the movement. As Courbetin put it, “Olympism is a state of mind.”
The Olympic Museum re-opens Saturday, December 21, 2013. Tickets for adults are about $20. Senior tickets are approximately $18, while children 6 to 16 are $12. Children under six are free. Hours from October 15 to April 30 are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and from May 1 to October 14 are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Travelers with a
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