Olympic museum to open after Games commemorating history of London as host city
An Olympic museum will open at the site of the London 2012 Games in 2014.
The interactive British Olympic Museum, backed by the British Olympic Association (BOA), will be a chance to relive memories of the Games.
Based in the newly-named Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, it will tell London's story as the first city to host the Games three times, in 1908, 1948 and 2012.
Legacy: The museum will be situation in the Olympic Park in Stratford
It will include a gallery of champions, a glimpse behind the scenes, the building of the venues, the summer and winter Olympic sports, plus a focus on London 2012.
Funding is being sought from donors. The BOA is working with the Olympic Park Legacy Company on final licensing agreements to help cover the 10 million cost of developing and operating the museum in the first three years, and will also charge for entry.
Spectacular site: The Olympic stadium at dusk
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said: 'It will become part of the lasting legacy that London 2012 will leave the UK for generations to come.'
There is very little physical legacy from the London Olympics in 1908 and 1948, and BOA chairman Lord Moynihan said the British capital deserves a suitable monument.
He said: ‘As the only city to have earned the honour of hosting the Olympic Games three times, London occupies a truly unique place in Olympic history.
'It is a feat we should be immensely proud of and I believe the British Olympic Museum is the perfect way to ensure the spirit, excitement and unforgettable memories of the London 2012 Games live on to inspire future generations to follow their dreams.'