Olympic education in sports museums

Parte de Olympism and Olympic Education . páginas 80 - 91


Museums as Educational Spaces The modern museum has long since largely forsaken its original objectives. For the beneft of visitors, the ancient high school of Theophrast, the Lykeion in Athens, founded by Aristotle, already contained a “Museion” in the fourth century BC with a gallery not only of important philosophers but also of statesmen (Lynch, 1972; Wacker, 1996).2 Later, these functions were performed by large collections of, for example, the Louvre in Paris, the Prado in Madrid, or other national museums as well as by the many private collections of small principalities and prosperous bourgeoisie families. Valuables were also exhibited in these collections; their prime function was to satisfy the aggrandizement desires of private individuals, aristocracy, monarchs, and nations.