The Olympic Experience in Amsterdam was an interactive multimedia exhibition devoted to Dutch sport and the Olympic Games. It was sited in the south of Amsterdam at the old Olympisch Stadion (Olympic Stadium) - which hosted the Olympic Games way back in 1928.
Due to lack of funding the Olympic Experience closed its doors in October 2014.
In the past the stadium has also been used by Amsterdam's Ajax football club for big European games until they moved to the Amsterdam ArenA in 1996. The Olympic Stadium has since been renovated to house the Olympic Experience museum (opened in 2005) and also hosts various sporting events throughout the year including the Dutch athletics track and field championships.
Olympic Experience - The exhibition contains displays on different sports and documents some of the greatest moments in Dutch sporting history. It also takes a look at the role of diet, training, doping and technology in sport - unfortunately for the foreign visitor the displays are in Dutch only. However the sports fan will be interested in some of the unique items on show - for example the running spikes of sprinting legend Fanny Blankers-Koen (1918-2004, the "Flying Housewife" who won 4 golds at the 1948 London Olympics) and a fine collection of Olympic medals and torches.
There are some 'hands-on' activities for children - such as measuring reaction times out of the starting blocks and seeing how far they can cycle on a stationary bike in 60 seconds. You can also head out into the stadium to have a look around the track and stands.
Olympic Experience Essential Info
Opening Times: Olympic Experience has been closed since October 2014.
Getting There: Olympic Stadium is located in the south of Amsterdam - trams 16 and 24 stop outside the stadium.
Experience, Olympisch Stadion 2, Amsterdam
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