Get Active!

06 July - 29 November 2015

Temporary exhibition from 6 July to 29 Nov. 2015 -  “la Galerie”, level 2

Move it! Move it!

The effort put into physical activity is not beneficial just for health, of course, but also for self-esteem, which is so important for everyone!

“When I was young, I found it hard to believe in myself and my abilities. Competitive sports taught me to believe in my dreams and to dare to even go for crazy challenges at times.” Anne-Sophie Thilo, Switzerland, sailing, Olympic Games, Beijing 2008.

There are young people who play sport in a club, with their friends or with their parents, and there are those who are less active. This exhibition is aimed particularly at the less active ones. It seeks to inspire them to get active and show them that it’s fun and good for their health, for their brains and for making new friends.

Trying a different type of museum visit is what this summertime exhibition is all about, and moving is not only allowed, but even recommended!

Inside an imaginary house, fun activities have been thought up in which the visitor uses physical, mental and social skills: strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, endurance, cooperation, etc.

Why? Because the physical activity that encompasses all these different skills is essential for children and adolescents. It is important to repeat this and show it in a concrete way which is both new and interactive. 

Don’t be part of the couch potato and obesity statistics!

The Olympic Museum, an integral part of the Olympic Movement, is thus doing its bit in the fight against these increasingly worrying problems in our society, alongside:

- The IOC and its  Sport for All programme
Promotion Santé Suisse
- The Federal Office of Sport (OFSPO) and its Faire bouger la Suisse (Get Switzerland moving) programme
- Fit4future
Défi Vélo
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) and its Commission on ending childhood obesity

In this apartment, which is the framework of the exhibition, The Museum invites young visitors to move while having fun, in an everyday environment accessible to everyone. This approach complements that taken in other contexts by the exhibition partners.

Things are moving in Tom’s house

The route of the exhibition is composed of the various rooms in a house: kitchen, living room, bedroom, laundry room, etc. The traditional furniture and equipment have been changed to encourage the visitors to devote themselves to physical activities in a fun way.

The black-and-white and spotted décor is a nod to the world of pop art and Roy Liechtenstein. The yellow colour of some objects signals the interactive activities on offer in each of the rooms.

A deliberate touch to get the participants involved in the game and, while they are at it, discover an interest or even a talent for one or other of the activities.

At the end, an questionnaire informs the visitor which sports they are suited to. And if they want to take things further, they will find a list a sports clubs where they can practise them!

Who is Tom and where is he?

A yellow cape, a green mask, a Pamela Ninja screensaver… superhero stuff scattered around the house?  But who does it all belong to? And what’s it doing there?

The answer is at the end of the exhibition, in the short film telling the story of Tom, who became an everyday superhero and who anyone can imitate!