Past Exhibitions :: Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers

Saturday, October 15, 2005 - Sunday, January 8, 2006
Exhibition Hall

Sports poster

Sports: Breaking Resords, Breaking Barriers is a new Smithsonian exhibition that celebrates the pioneering men and women who dominated their sports, championed their country, race, or gender, and helped other to achieve. Both on and off the playing field, these individuals broke records for themselves and broke barriers for everyone.

     Focusing on 35 athletes in 17 sports, the exhibition showcases objects from the collections of  the National Museum of American History. Abrahm Lincoln's handball, Michael Jordan's basketball jersey, Gertrude Ederle's goggles from her famed English Channel swim, Roberto Clemente's batting helmet, Lance Armstrong's jersey and a 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey jersey are among the dozens of artifacts on display.


The exhibition was developed by the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES). Audi is the exclusive national sponsor of the exhibition.

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Local support provided by:                                 Media sponsor: 

           NBA logo              NY Yankees logo                             Fox 23 logo 

Picotte Companies, Nextel, and RBC Dain Rauscher

Additional support from Time Warner Cable

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