U.S. Olympic And Paralympic Museum Opens To Public

The museum is a one-of-a-kind tribute to the Olympic and Paralympic movements, with Team USA athletes at the center of the story.

“This Museum has been nearly 10 years in the making, and we are excited that these incredible stories will come to life in Olympic City USA,” said USOPM CEO Christopher Liedel. “The Museum is more than a sports museum. It is a museum of hopes and dreams. And we think the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum will provide athletes and fans alike with a space to celebrate friendship, determination and all the best values Team USA athletes embody.”


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The 60,000-square-foot building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro features 20,000 square feet of galleries, a state-of-the-art theater, event space, and café. Twelve galleries with exhibitions designed by Gallagher Associates follow a narrative arc that takes guests through Team USA athlete’s journey. With its universal design and technology capabilities, the museum is one of the most accessible and interactive museums in the world. Guests can customize their sport preferences and accessibility needs for a tour that is uniquely their own. Team USA athletes were involved and consulted throughout the project to achieve the USOPM’s goal of an authentic experience and inclusive design.


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“Every aspect of our design strategy has been motivated by the goal of expressing the extraordinary athleticism and progressive values of Team USA,” said Benjamin Gilmartin. architect and Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro. “A taut aluminum facade flexes and twists over the building’s dynamic pinwheel form, drawing inspiration from the energy and grace of Olympians and Paralympians. Inside, descending galleries are organized along a continuous spiral, enabling visitors of all abilities to have a shared, common experience along a universal pathway. After leading the museum’s design for the past six years. I’m so moved by the collective, herculean effort that allowed us to now share these stories of perseverance with the public.” Working alongside local and state health officials and its operating partner Gallagher Museum Services, the Museum has also taken extensive measures to provide a safe environment for guests and staff, including timed ticketing and various additional wellness procedures.



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INFORMATION

Design Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, (Partner-in-Charge: Benjamin Gilmartin)

Architect of Record: Anderson Mason Dale

Architects Exhibition Designers: Gallagher & Associates

Museum & Content Development: Barrie Projects

Structural Engineer: KL&A in collaboration with Arup

Civil Engineer: Kiowa Engineering

Corporation Fire Engineering: Jensen Hughes

Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: The Ballard Group

Electrical Engineer: ME Engineers

Acoustics, Audio/ Visual, Theater: Arup

Accessibility: lleana Rodriguez

Lighting: Tillotson Design Associates

Landscape Architects: NES. Inc. in collaboration with Hargreaves Jones

Code: Advanced Consulting Engineers

Vertical Circulation: Iros Elevators Design Services

Cost Estimating: Dharam Consulting Energy

Modeling: Iccriergy Exterior Envelope

Consultant: Heitmann & Associates

Facade Fabrication: MG McGrath

Construction Manager and General Contractor: GE Johnson

Photography by Jason O’Rear with courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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