Nanjing Olympic Museum
In order to celebrate the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing Olympic Museum was founded by Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC Member and Chairman of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission, and dedicated to preserving the memories of the second edition of this event. To be an essential part of legacy from the Games, Nanjing Olympic Museum was designed under the concept of “to review history, exchange culture, witness growth and share joy” in order to promote the Olympic spirit, popularize the sports stars in Jiangsu and carry out sport educational activities in order to build Jiangsu and Nanjing a base of sport cultural brand and teenager sport culture and education. Themed after “Spirit of Century, City of Youth”, Nanjing Olympic Museum enjoys a whole area of 7896 square meters and its main pavilion area measures 5034 square meters. Nearly 1000 exhibits are displayed, including “the Coubertin’s Manuscript”, torches from various editions of the Olympic Games, wax sculptures of the IOC presidents, pictures, videos and interactive entertainment and others, to meet the full range of study, tours and cultural education needs. Its exhibits demonstrate both international and local Olympic activities, offering visitors the experience of the Olympic spirit from different angles.
The opening ceremony of Nanjing Olympic Museum was jointly attended by Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of PRC State Council, and Thomas Bach, the IOC President. It became the first Olympic museum founded before the Olympic Games.
In the museum, there is another museum: SK8 World Roller Sports Museum, the first of its kind in the world. The museum was open on September 10th, 2016, the same day when 2016 FIRS World Roller Speed Skating Championships was held. This museum was authorized by International Federation of Roller Sports (FIRS) and jointly operated by Nanjing Sports Bureau and Nanjing Olympic Museum, which contributes to the forging of Nanjing as “World Capital of Roller Sports”. There are five parts in this museum: Start, Knowledge, Applause, Touch and Enjoy, and the first letters of each word compose the vocabulary “SKATE”.
In September 2015, Nanjing Olympic Museum joined the Olympic Museums Network (OMN), a Lausanne-based organization which now contains 29 member Olympic museums. The 11th General Assembly of Olympic Museums Network was held in Nanjing, the first city in China hosting such event.
As China started to be involved more in the Olympic Movement, more and more Chinese sports forerunners appeared on the international sports arena and the Chinese people have supported and participated in the Olympic Movement with enthusiasm. Among all the cities in China, Nanjing has long played a leading role in China’s sports development. Hosting the 2014 Youth Olympic Games drew the world’s attention to the city again. Nanjing Olympic Museum, as a celebration of this event, offers visitors with Olympic charms, history, and values, while in the meantime savoring the fascination and elegance of the century-old Olympic city of Nanjing.