The new United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs is set for a grand opening on May 31, it has been revealed.
KKTV 11 News revealed the news following a guided tour of the $90 million (£69.5 million/€82.5 million) Museum, which has been nearly six years in the planning since the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee signed a deal in July 2014 for it to be built in the city they are based.
"The building itself is just short of 65,000 square feet, and about 25,000 square feet of that is exhibit space," Brian Tominov, project manager at GE Johnson Construction, told KKTV 11 News.
"One of the more challenging parts of that geometry has been the diamond metal panels we see on the building.
"There's 9,987 of those and not a single one of them is the same shape."
The Museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, promises to offer a glimpse into the holistic journey of an athlete, with Team USA at the centre of the story.
"We take the same approach from the Ancient Games to the Modern Games today," Tommy Schield, the Museum's marketing and communications director, told Architectural Digest.
Among the highlights is expected to be the "Parade of Nations Gallery".
"Guests will walk through a 360-degree immersive digital experience and feel what it's like to walk shoulder to shoulder with members of Team USA under our nation's flag on the world's largest stage," said Schield.
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"When we talked to [athletes], one of the most memorable moments of the Games is always walking in Opening Ceremonies under our nation's flag and that's an experience we wanted to recreate."
There are rooms and galleries dedicated to the Summer Games, Winter Games, the evolution of sports technology and more.
Visitors will even get to race against some of the world's fastest athletes in a 30 metres sprint.
"You can choose who you're going to race against, so Tatyana McFadden or Jesse Owens for example," said Schield.
"You'll probably lose but it's still pretty cool."
There are in total six interactive activities in the building, including an archery exhibit that tests precision and accuracy.
The Museum also features a nearly complete collection of Olympic Torches and medals.
"Team USA athletes work their entire lives for that moment to represent the US on the world's largest stage and those are the stories we get to tell and those are the stories we get to share," Schield told KKTV 11 News.
"The Olympic and Paralympic Games have the power to unite, and that's what this Museum does."