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Barcelona to get world’s first Paralympic museum

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On Monday, Spain’s El Periodico reported that Barcelona is to get the world’s first museum dedicated to the Paralympic movement. The museum will be part of the facilities at Anella Olímpica and run by Open Camp Europe.  It is schedule to open in February or March of 2016.



Open Camp backers say the museum will be located at Anella Olímpica, a multivenue space, which already hosts a number of sportainment facilities. Anella Olímpica was the primary venue for the 1992 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The facilities already include the Joan Antoni Samarach Olympic and Sports Museum, the National Physical Education Institute (INEFC), Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the Palau Sant Jordi sports hall,


The plans for the museum include presenting a history of the Paralympic Games, and opportunities for visitors to put themselves briefly into the shoes of athletes with disabilities through interactive exhibits.  The includes exhibits that try to give visitors an idea of what it means to be blind, or to compete in cycling while having a physical disability.  The museum promoters insist that the thirty-six planned interactive exhibits are an integral part of the museum’s future success.


Backers of the museum have agreements with Fundación ONCE, Randstad and Alliance.  Comité Paralímpico Español have also indicated the support the initiative.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

1 Comment on Barcelona to get world’s first Paralympic museum

  1. This sounds fantastic. Has it now opened? I notice they say February or March but i cant find anything online for it.

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