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Museum voted one of the nation’s Best New Museums by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards





10Best announced 10 finalists for the Best New Museum, with public voting selecting the winner. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum finished second behind the Cook Museum of Natural Science. Visit to learn more.

The Museum is dedicated to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their compelling stories, with the artifacts, media and technology behind the athletes who make the United States proud. Considered one of the top places to visit in Colorado, the Museum focuses on the core values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements: friendship, respect and excellence; determination, equality, inspiration and courage.

Highly regarded for its safety and universal design, guests of all ages and abilities experience the exhibits through inclusive design and assistive technologies such as mobile apps, video captions, audio description tracks, universal keypads, RFID-triggered customizations and more.

10Best previously announced 20 finalists for the award, with public voting selecting the winner.

“What an incredible award for such an amazing place,” said five-time gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair, who is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. “The Museum showcases U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and their incredible journeys to the Games. Every time I visit, I leave with a new appreciation for the athletes who have represented our country on the world’s largest stage.”

The 60,000-square foot Museum, which opened on July 30, previously was honored by The New York Times, Architectural Digest and Conde Nast Traveler, among others, garnering attention for its interior design, exterior design and accessibility to all.

Open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Museum is closed only on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Tickets are available online. Extensive measures have been taken to provide a safe and contactless environment so that guests can visit with confidence.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is already a popular place to visit in Colorado
The family-friendly Museum already is a popular place to visit in Colorado (Photo by Bill Baum/U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum)

About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

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 Museum instills the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect, as well as the Paralympic values of determination, equality, inspiration, and courage in every visitor. It honors yesterday’s legends with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame while inspiring tomorrow’s legends through entertaining activities and events. The USOPM is more than a museum but a life-changing experience that will continue to educate and inspire the public to take part for generations to come.

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