Think of our museum as a whole other classroom: 

  • Workshops, any time of year, enhance learning in and out of the classroom 
  • Programs are available at the Olympic Center with museum staff 
  • We can come to you! Visits to your school can make everything easier 

We bring decades of experience and can help you engage students in the use of critical thinking. We can engage them in thoughtful inquiry to interpret objects, photographs and artworks, oral histories, and primary sources.  

For field trips to the museum, advanced reservation is required.  

Call us at 518-302-5310 to speak directly with our Museum Director for details on our programming. 

Teacher Resources

More information on Teachers Resources is coming soon!

School Programs

The Olympic and Paralympic Games happen every two years, yet the essentials they teach us are relevant every day of our lives.  

Through the Olympics and Paralympics we learn it’s not the win that matters most. It’s the journey. Through the Games and the athletes we discover being active, living well, and the essential human values for which the Olympics stand are building blocks to a better world.  

Olympic Values: Friendship | Respect | Excellence | Equality | Determination | Inspiration | Courage  

Our school programs can teach many things – history, critical thinking, inquiry and interpretation – and they also help us learn how sport and values can unify us and be a force for peace.  

Research and Resources

The Museum holds an extensive collection of Olympic materials from both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games held in Lake Placid. This includes a vast collection of documents, photographs, video, and more.  

Though the archives can be accessed by researchers, staff assistance is required. Please email [email protected] to make an appointment. 

Archives – The museum holds an extensive collection of Olympic materials from both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games held in Lake Placid. The second largest collection in the world, in fact.  

  • The archives mean we can find answers and stories and engaging historical facts not on display in the museum.  
  • The archives can be accessed by researchers. Please email [email protected] to make an appointment.  


Archival materials from Godfrey Dewey, President of the 1932 Olympic Winter Games 

All Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee documents pertaining to the planning of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games 

Contains thousands of photographs from Lake Placid’s Winter Olympics and sports history