The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games changed Atlanta forever and accelerated its transformation from Southern capital to international city. For seventeen days, Atlanta was the focus of the entire world. Those seventeen days in 1996 represented a decade’s worth of aspirations, striving, and triumphs. That remarkable achievement is preserved and celebrated at the Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center.
Located in the Fentener van Vlissingen Family Wing, the museum guides visitors through the history of the Olympic movement, from the inception of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece through the modern Olympic Games to the seventeen days of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Games and its legacy.
Themes including the three-year-long Olympic bid process, financing the Games, building sports facilities, involving the local community, and welcoming the world to Atlanta are presented through a combination of objects, audio-visual elements, and interactive displays. The athletic drama is presented in a panorama that incorporates artifacts, sculpture, photographs, and illuminated panels along an indoor running track. In addition, a media presentation offers large-screen highlights from the Games. Other highlights include America’s only complete collection of Olympic torches and medals.
The Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center has been generously supported by Centennial Olympic Partners including The Home Depot and Delta Air Lines and Worldwide Olympic Sponsors, UPS and the Coca-Cola Company, in addition to more than eighty corporations, foundations, and individuals.