In the heart of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains, a quaint village rests along the shores of two pristine lakes with the High Peaks towering above like friendly giants. Nature created the perfect environment, but it was leadership, vision, and community that created the dream and made it a reality.
The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Ours is an immersive experience in Olympic history that will inspire awe. We’re here to inspire as well as educate. Our exhibits will ignite the courage in us all to dream and do. Come experience the boundless spirit of our winter Olympic champions.
As the Great Depression grips the world, 252 athletes from 17 nations arrive in Lake Placid.
Some of us are born with natural talents. But as 1980 head coach of the U.S. Hockey Team said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Hear directly from Olympians about their own journeys. And even dive into the bobsled, ski jump, and speedskating experiences yourself in our interactive exhibits.
The look and feel of the Games – from the rings to logos and mascots and more – transcends language and culture and connects people around the globe. Olympic designers create media of all sorts that capture the moment while embracing timeless values and celebrating each host region.
The legacy of the 1932 Winter Olympic Games endures to this day. And in winning the bid in 1974 to host the 1980 Games, that incredible legacy takes another giant leap forward.
Relive the magic.
The names. The memories. The moments. They are woven into our lives. They also leave us with examples and inspiration that can help shape our present and future.