Olympic Museums Network

Founded on 7 September 2006 in Lausanne under the leadership of IOC Presidents Rogge and Samaranch and at the initiative of The Olympic Museum, the Olympic Museums Network (OMN) was established with 11 founding members, with the aim of finding ways of working together on useful synergies and joint projects to develop in order to improve quality and to share costs.

The idea is not to take the place of existing associations such as the ICOM (International Council of Museums), but rather to make a group of institutions with the same subject matter, the ultimate goal being to grow together and get united where possible in order to be stronger and more efficient, to create a unique platform for the global Olympic Movement.

Over the past 7 years, the network has helped in the acquisition market and in dealing with collections, exchanges, co-productions, educational programmes, publications and programmes for business development and attracts more than one million visitors a year, figure which could rise significantly however with big projects for new Olympic Museums and the potential creation of a “global platform” to reach not only physical visitors but also virtual visitors.


The Olympic Museums Network’s main objective is to increase the promotion of the values of Sport and the Olympism by:

  1. Sharing information and best practices
  2. Encouraging cooperation on common issues encountered by the members
  3. Working on common projects, in particular in relation to exhibitions, educational programmes, events, collections management, communication and commercial development
  4. Finding ways to work in common in order to improve the efficiency and achieve economies of scales to the benefit of the members of the network

Members of The Olympic Museums Network:

  1. The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
  2. Musée Olympique et Sportif Algérien, Algeria
  3. Sportimonium, Hofstade-Zemst, Belgium
  4. Olympic Experience, Montreal, Canada
  5. The Olympic Experience, Richmond, Canada
  6. China Sports Museum, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
  7. Nanjing Olympic Museum, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China
  8. Samaranch Memorial, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
  9. Tianjin Dagon Olympic Museum, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
  10. Xiamen Olympic Museum, Xiamen, People’s Republic of China
  11. Estonian Sports Museum, Tartu, Estonia
  12. The Sports Museum Foundation of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
  13. Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum, Köln, Germany
  14. Athens Olympic Museum, Athens, Greece
  15. Thessaloniki Olympic Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece
  16. I.R. IRAN Museum, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
  17. The Olympic Experience, Tel Aviv, Israel
  18. Nagano Olympic Museum, Nagano, Japan
  19. Sapporo Olympic Museum, Sapporo, Japan
  20. Japan Olympic Museum, Japan
  21. Seoul Olympic Museum, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  22. PyeongChang Olympic Museum, Korea
  23. Norwegian Olympic Museum, Lillehammer, Norway
  24. Peruvian Olympic Museum, Lima, Peru
  25. Museum of Sports and Tourism in Warsaw, Poland
  26. Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, Doha, Qatar
  27. Singapore Youth Olympic Museum, Singapore, Singapore
  28. Slovak Olympic and Sports Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
  29. Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch, Barcelona, Spain
  30. Gothenburg Sports Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
  31. United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, USA
  32. Lake Placid Olympic Museum, USA

General conditions to become a member of the Olympic Museums Network :

1. Compliance with ICOM / ACOM regulations and code of ethics
2. NOC Support
3. The Museum must be open to the public and operational
4. 25 % of the Museum must be dedicated to the Olympic Movement

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