Introduction to the Games Gallery at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
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The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is designed in a narrative arc, telling the stories of Team USA’s greatest athletes. Like any story, the best place to start is at the beginning. 

Our first gallery — Introduction to the Games — starts at the beginning of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, nearly 3,000 years ago. You will learn about the ancient Olympics as well as the origins of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Introduction to the Games Gallery - Ancient History and Tradition

You can learn about the 8th-century B.C. Olympic Games events to the 21st-century A.D. Olympic Games technology and everything in between at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. 

The Paralympic Movement - Exhibits at USOPMuseum

You will take an athlete’s journey through the greatest sporting event in history and experience Pierre de Coubertin’s empowering words, “The most important thing is not winning but taking part.”

See the Olympic Torches on display

Olympic Torches on display at USOPMuseum