The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum offers an immersive and universally accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Through interactive exhibits, innovative displays, and a comprehensive artifact collection, the 60,000-square-foot attraction instills the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect, as well as the Paralympic values of determination, equality, inspiration, and courage in every visitor. The Museum honors legends, while inspiring tomorrow’s legends through entertaining activities and cutting-edge storytelling. The USOPM is more than a museum, but a life-changing experience that will continue to educate and inspire generations to come.
The Museum has been selected the country’s Best New Attraction in 2020 by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The Museum boasts 12 galleries and lots of great artifacts and interactive exhibits, making it one of the best new things to do in Colorado. Prior to that, The New York Times listed Colorado Springs as one of the Places to Go in 2020. Whether you are looking for the best couples’ attraction or fun things to do with the family, this Colorado Springs museum should be at the top of your to-do list. Discover some of the best things to see and do at the Museum during your visit.
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After guests enter the Museum and receive their Visitor Credential, the Museum experience begins with an elevator ride to the top floor. From there, a ramped path winds progressively downward to the main floor, creating a parallel visit experience for guests of all abilities as they venture through the interactive galleries.
The Museum is one of the most accessible and interactive museums in the world, designed so all guests experience the Museum the same way. Some of the universal design technologies include open captions, audio-description tracks, assisted listening, universal keypads, RFID-triggered customizations, accessible exhibit spaces with ramped experiences and more. Team USA athletes were involved and consulted throughout the project to ensure an authentic experience with universal design. The Museum is ADA compliant throughout.