Whether you’re a sports buff or struggle to tell the different between shot put and javelin (much like my fine self), Barcelona’s Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport (Olympic and Sport Museum) is not your typical museum and is definitely worth checking out!
Located on Montjuic, a big mountain that overlooks the city, the museum is the first of its kind in Europe and is dedicated to showing human greatness in sport – be prepared to feel like the most uncoordinated person on the planet! The museum provides insight into the history of the Olympic Games and a range of other sports, and does so with incredible photographs, facts and figures, costumes and sports memorabilia. It starts with drawings from the prehistoric games and works its way right through to the most recent Olympics in Beijing... which, after a visit, you will know was the Games that generated the most media interest in history and so there are a stack of amazing images to be seen!
Mixed amongst the hundreds of drawings and photographs are cases of sports gear including equipment used in Olympic Games as well as gear from pro-athletes of other fields. Now, it takes a lot to get me excited about sports but trust me, some of this stuff is seriously awesome! Showcased amongst sequined synchronised swimming costumes, baseballs, sail boats and cricket bats, you will see a giant pair of Nike Air Max’s, worn by the legendary Michael Jordan himself, as well as hiking equipment used by Sir Edmund Hillary from his conquering of Mount Everest – just a couple of things that caught my eye and had my jumping up and down and clapping!
After you’ve trawled through the museum’s three levels in absolute awe you will find yourself on the ground floor, where the fun really begins! Every 20-somthing loves an interactive area for kids and that’s exactly what they have here. Run alongside the electronic machine that measures your speed against that of a pro-athlete, jump on the computerised pad to see how high you can go or test your reaction time on the light machine... all are awesome and can lead to being super competitive, so make sure you’re with some mates who are more uncoordinated than you.
Once you’ve seen all that the museum has to offer you can take a look at some of the Olympic sites from the Barcelona games. The museum is located in the ‘Olympic Ring’ (Anella Olimpica), where most of the 1992 Olympic Games were held, so you now have the chance to take in, the Olympic swimming pool overlooking the city, the incredible stadium that is still perfectly maintained or the statue on the side of the stadium that proudly burnt the Olympic flame. Sports rant over. Enjoy. #
Enjoy a spectacular interactive visit to the Museum online here.