Virtual Museum Exhibit
History of Swimwear (pdf)
Swimming in Japan
JOHNNY WEISSMULLER - WORLD'S GREATEST SWIMMER -
Focus centers on life-size wax replica of Johnny surrounded by his Olympic gold medals, USA and International medals, swimsuit
worn at the 1928 Olympic Games, and movie posters with props
of the 16 Tarzan films in which he starred during the 1930's - 1940's.
ISHOF HONOREE ALCOVE AND PANELS
Photographs, memorabilia, display floor and wall panels and Olympic
uniforms highlight over 500 individuals inducted into ISHOF
1965 representing the aquatic disciplines of swimming, diving
water polo and synchronized swimming as athletes, coaches and
THE ORIGINAL OLYMPIC FLAG
The 1920 gold medal Olympic couple, Clarence and Betty Becker
Pinkston, received this Olympic flag at the 1920 Antwerp Games,
the first city to fly the distinguished flag.
COLLEGE SWIMMING COACHES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
A composite of photographs since 1935, describing the first
organized college swim training program in the nation.
THE HISTORY OF SWIMMING
Buck Dawson, ISHOF's Director for the first 20 years, offers
a complete chronological history of the development of swimming
beginning in 3000 B.C..
MARK SPITZ - GREATEST OLYMPIC PERFORMER
Life-size wax statue depicts Mark Spitz' 1972, 7 gold medal performance.
Includes actual Munich pool starting block.
THE OLYMPIC GAMES WALL
Paddock Pools has presented a tasteful collection of over 20 Olympic
medals won by athletes in aquatic sports since 1896, making it the
largest collection of its kind in the world. Olympic memorabilia,
diplomas and photos surround the display.
THE SPORT OF DIVING
Dr. Dick Rydze's display of diving memorabilia stretches from
a fully erected Duraflex diving board to Greg Louganis' gold cup.
Also includes the evolution of the diving board and an area on the
development and excitement of water shows and Aquacades.
THE SPORT OF WATER POLO
Bruce Hopping's international water polo display highlights
the great players in the sport and a history of its development.
Visitors will see players memorabilia and original water polo
caps and balls.
Athletes and bodies of water challenging swimmers are presented
in a photo collage including International Marathon Swimming Hall
of Fame honorees.
FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE NATATION AMATEUR
A history of the development of FINA as the world governing
body for aquatics also highlights the international individuals who
are the decision makers for the sport disciplines.
GOLD MEDALLION AWARD
Presented to former and current aquatic athletes who have excelled
in other areas of achievement. This display contains information on
the recipients who include US Senators, entertainers. business men
and women and a US President.
For more information see ISHOF
Gold Medallion Award Winners
ASSYRIAN BAS RELIEF - c. 883-860 B.C.
Wall mounted at eye level, this relief depicts a scene of soldiers swimming
to the safety of the castle.
SWIM TIMING AND SCOREBOARD DISPLAY
Colorado Timing Systems Inc. presents a historical growth of
electronic timing beginning with the Max Ritter machine of 1955
to the present. Includes the actual use of "touch pads" and
starting blocks by the visitor.
A photo and memorabilia review of this newest Olympic sport.
Complete with swimsuit costumes and memorabilia worn in
international and Olympic competitions.
THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF AQUATIC ART
This display highlights the development of the creative and
artistic aspects of aquatics through the use of photographs
MASTERS SWIMMING DISPLAY
A review of the competitors in and philosophy of this established program
for individuals from 20 years to over 100 years of age. Complete with photos
THE HUIZENGA THEATER
A 25 seat mini theater allows the visitor to select films from all
aquatic subjects, including meets, educational presentations and
SWIMMING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DISPLAY
Highlights individuals with hearing, physical and visual impairments,
cerebral palsy and the mentally retarded (Special Olympics program)
and how the water medium can offer them physical participation.
HEALTH AND WATER SAFETY DISPLAY
From beach lifeguarding and water safety to the Commodore
Longfellow Society, all aspects of international concern are
presented. Safety memorabilia dates to the late 1800's.
THE AL SCHWARTZ SILVER CUP AND TROPHY SHOWCASE
48 silver cups and trophies are displayed, representing awards
from 1900. Contains photos of the recipients. Displayed in a
THE RMS TITANIC
This Eastman Kodak company display of photo murals taken
by underwater scientist and explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis views the
Titanic as it lies on the ocean bottom. Also includes information
on the environmental importance of keeping our oceans clean.
THE TRIPP FAMILY ART GALLERY
This houses the largest collection of bronze sculptures in the aquatic
theme, including R. Tait MacKenzie and Professor Joseph Brown
of Princeton University. Includes many award sculptures
commissioned by the renowned Kalos Kagathos Foundation
of California. Walls and panels are lined with award winning
oil paintings and lithographs.