The Joe Quinney Winter Sports Centre in Utah Olympic Park houses both the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum, both of which can be visited free of charge.
Learning by Playing
They illuminate the history of all ski disciplines in the Intermountain region with interactive touch-screen displays, videos, a virtual reality ski theater, games and topographical maps. The glory of the 2002 Winter Games is brought to life by visual highlight reels and artifacts from the actual Games.
Winter Games up Close
Exhibited in displays for each discipline are uniforms and equipment of the athletes. Guests can admire the "Skinsuit" of ski racer Bode Miller, the medal-winning costume of figure skater Timothy Goebels, and the silver hockey stick of the U. S. women's team signed by all participants. In addition, the best moments of the competitions can be watched again and again on touchscreen televisions.
At the entrance of the George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum you have the chance to take a special souvenir with you: You can hold up the official Olympic torch and have a photo taken in front of the flaming Olympic cauldron.
Another favourite among guests is located at the exit: More than 600 of the 3,000 Olympic pins traded during the Games are hanging in the "must see" exhibit. In the shape of the logo of the 2002 Winter Olympics, this display is a real eye-catcher.
The Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation was founded in 1989 with the aim of creating a simple ski museum in honour of the skiing legend Alf Engen. And when Salt Lake City was selected as the venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, a gallery for the 2002 Games was added to the plans.
In July 2002, the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center officially opened its doors, with the Alf Engen Ski Museum on the first floor. Artifacts and exhibits about the rich history of skiing in Intermountain West are on display there.
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum opened in June 2005. The second floor of the Quinney Center is devoted to individual sporting events, stories from the athletes and the organization of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
How to get there
From Salt Lake City, take the I-80 E to the UT-224 S in Summit County. Take exit 145 towards Kimball Jct. Follow the UT-224 and turn right onto Olympic Pkwy. This will take you directly to Utah Olympic Park.