Historic Archive Athens 2004

The exhibition and the Historic Archive of the ATHENS 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games are located, since November 2014, at the premises of the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia.
This precious and unique archive is housed in the old “Otto Szymiczek” conference hall of the International Olympic Academy, measuring 420 m2, which was divided and refitted as a fully equipped conference hall for 110 people and a room measuring 195 m2 for the archive, comprising of an exhibition space, with authentic archival material, and an area for studying and researching the digitalized archive.

The work of the creation of the Historic Archive ATHENS 2004 was entirely financed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), while its realization was undertaken by the non-profit company “Historic Archive ATHENS 2004”. It includes documents, videos, movies, photographs and every kind of material which is directly or indirectly related with the preparation, the organization and the staging of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

The most important thematic modules of the Archive’s exhibits cover:

  • The Olympic Torch, the Olympic Torch Relay and the Olympic Medals.
  • The Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
  • The Archive of the facilities blueprints and physical plans, which include a complete electronic series with the use of Panel TV
  • Genuine Olympic Products
  • Collectible memorabilia
  • The mascots and pictograms of the sports
  • The Communication, Image and Identity archive material.


All the above modules are supported by thousands of photographs and selected videos. In the Archive’s room there is a study area with 4 computer desks, a wall screen for selected projections, and a library with all the original editions and forms of OCOG ATHENS 2004.

At the same time, the corporation “Historic Archive ATHENS 2004”, after receiving IOC’s approval, undertook and completed the creation of a separate library at the IOA’s Conference Center that encompasses 5.350 new titles of Olympic content, donation of the “ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee”, thus increasing the total number of IOA titles to 22.000.

The President of the International Olympic Academy, Mr Isidoros Kouvelos, referring to the project underlined that: “From now on the educational and research material of the IOA is enriched with an important study tool for those who look for information related with the bidding procedure, the preparation and the organization of the greatest athletic and cultural event that our country experienced in its modern history.”