Xiamen Olympic Museum
chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Jun 17, 2019
Xiamen Olympic Museum, one of the 28 members of the International Olympic Museums Network, is a non-profit international organization and China's first Olympic museum, with the title "Olympic" approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and China Olympic Committee. The museum was planned, designed and founded by Wu Ching-kuo, a member of IOC, a former president of the International Boxing Association, and a world-renowned architecture expert. Wu also serves as the curator of the museum. The museum has rich collections of Olympic cultural relics and promotes Olympic culture and spirit to enable more people to learn the glorious Olympic history.
The museum's main building is divided into upper and lower floors, copying the design of the Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. The lobby on the first floor is a public area equipped with a multimedia hall, VIP meeting rooms, a coffee shop and a gift shop with exclusive rights to sell Olympics-featured souvenirs. In the center of the lobby stands a piece of jade from the Yangtze River that weighs 80 tons. The second floor consists of one preface hall and four exhibition halls with different themes. Among the more than 11,000 items, most exhibits are from Wu's personal collection of the Olympics-related cultural relics and souvenirs gathered over the past 20 years, including Olympic torches, medals, stamps, badges, coins and mascots.