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Want to go to the Olympic exhibition in Rio? Then don’t delay. The interactive exhibition “Olympic Games: Sport, Culture and Art” (“Jogos Olímpicos: Esporte, Cultura e Arte”) will run at the National Historical Museum in Rio’s city centre until 1 December. The free exhibition brings together 300 historical artefacts that have marked the course of the Games of the Modern Era – such as original medals, torches, mascots and uniforms – and that are part of the archives of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Exhibition-goers have the opportunity to hold the torch from the London 2012 Olympic Games, with Tower Bridge in the background, take photos alongside famous mascot Mischa (from the Moscow Games of 1980) and participate in a simulation of a long jump. Visitors can also see the clothing of a number of Olympic champions – Roger Federer’s uniform, Adhemar Ferreira da Silva’s and Michael Jordan’s trainers, Sugar Ray Leonard’s gloves and Cesar Cielo’s swim suit – among other objects immortalized by athletes.
Organized by the Brazilian Olympic Committee, the exhibition, which was staged in São Paulo in the first half of this year, serves as a warm-up to the Rio 2016 Games. The objects on display are divided into nine modules (the Games of Antiquity, Coubertin’s Dream, Lighting the Torch, Ceremonies, Sports and Medals, Mascots, Rio 2016, Memorabilia, and Team Brazil), which link history, emotion, knowledge, education and culture.
Here are some of the items on display:
- The uniform worn by Swiss tennis player Roger Federer at the 2008 Beijing Games
- The trainers of US basketball player Michael Jordan, an Olympic gold medallist at the 1992 Barcelona Games
- A copy of the speech by Baron de Coubertin setting out his proposal to recreate the Olympic Games in the Modern Era, given at the Sorbonne, Paris, in 1892
- Medals, torches and mascots
- The swim suit of Brazilian Olympic gold-winning swimmer Cesar Cielo, worn in Beijing in 2008
- The trainers and medal of Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, a two-time Olympic gold medallist at the Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956 Games
- Gloves autographed by American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, a gold medallist at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, and world champion in five different categories
- The pistol of Guilherme Paraense – the weapon used to win Brazil’s first ever Olympic gold medal, in the individual rapid-fire pistol competition at the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games
- A replica of the peach basket that James Naismith, a Canadian professor based in the United States, used to invent basketball in 1891
Venue: National Historical Museum
Address: Praça Marechal Âncora, city centre, Rio de Janeiro (near Praça XV)
Date: Between 13 September and 1 December 2013
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, between 10 am and 5:30 pm / Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, between 2 pm and 6 pm / Mondays – closed
Entry price: Free