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Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum

An interactive space where the protagonist is sport

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The Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum is a pioneering space in Europe that offers a global perspective of sport in all its disciplines and categories in an interactive space where you can perform virtual experiments with your idols.

Why visit the Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum?

Located opposite the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic and Sports Museum was opened in 2007 and in 2010 two months after the death of Joan Antoni Samaranch, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1980 to 2001, the museum adopted his name in tribute to one of the leading proponents of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

In this space new technologies play a very important role through interactive representations and multimedia installations designed to enhance visitors’ experiences and make them think. The museum covers all aspects of sport, from high performance to competitive and leisure sport, in addition to the sporting practices of the disabled.

One of the most emblematic spaces of the museum is the Joan Antoni Samaranch Collection, which contains pieces related to sport, art and culture donated by the former IOC president. You can also see a permanent exhibition on the host cities of the Olympiads and enjoy the first Olympic Games that were broadcast on television.


For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? In 1977 Joan Antoni Samaranch was appointed Spain’s first ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia following the resumption of diplomatic relations with these states.
  • Local’s tip: If you love sports, you should combine your visit to the museum with a visit to Palau Sant Jordi, the Olympic Stadium and the Bernat Picornell Pools.
  • A must: To gauge how much weightlifting champions can actually lift, improve your aerodynamics when pedalling a bicycle and see how Mark Spitz swam.