Poster of the exhibition Elles au jeux Exhibition

"Les Elles des Jeux

From November 8, 2023 to September 22, 2024, discover the exhibition at the Musée National du Sport "Les Elles des Jeux", echoing the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This exhibition takes a look at the remarkable progress made over the last 130 years, marked by the transition from the almost total exclusion of women to their struggle for parity in the sporting world.


The complex history of women in the Olympic Games

Elles aux jeux Exhibition
Conflicting beginnings at the Olympic Games

Historically, women and the Olympic Games have had a complex relationship.
Originally excluded during the modern renaissance of the Games at the end of the 19th century, women have fought for decades for recognition.
This path to recognition was blocked by numerous prejudices and prohibitions...

Evolution through the exhibition

The "Les Elles des Jeux" exhibition occupies over 500 m² of the Museum.
It traces the evolution of women in sport and society.
From pioneers such as Alice Milliat to today's athletes such as Simone Biles are highlighted.

Museum exhibition room

Towards parity at the Paris 2024 Games

Following the success of "Victoires", the exhibition has been awarded the "Cultural Olympiad" label.
It places the Musée National du Sport at the heart of the Olympic event.
Paris and France are preparing to host the 30th Olympic Games and 17th Paralympic Summer Games.
This will be the first time that parity between men and women will be guaranteed.

Les Elles des Jeux exhibition route


The exhibition route in nice
National Sports Museum exhibition challenges begin

The Musée National du Sport exhibition opens with "Elles ne sont pas les bienvenues".
It explores the exclusion of women from the early modern Games.
This section shows the impact of these exclusions and the limited activities permitted.

Conquering their place

"Elles prennent leur destin en main" celebrates the women who have made their mark on sport despite the obstacles.
Alice Milliat and other pioneers who paved the way for female participation in sports are honored.

The wall of champions in pictures

First victories and ongoing struggles

"A jamais les premières" and "Elles imposent leurs choix" illustrate women's struggles for their place in the Olympic arena.
They changed mentalities and fought injustice.

Challenges and representations

"Elles font face aux limites du corps" addresses societal challenges and beauty standards.
In this section, the National Sports Museum highlights the struggle of female athletes for equality and recognition.

Exhibition at the National Sports Museum

A nice family outing Expo Les Elles des Jeux

Future in Paris 2024

"Elles nous attendent aux Jeux de 2024" celebrates parity with 50% women among the athletes. This part of the exhibition anticipates their continuing impact.
"The "Elles des Jeux" exhibition offers an in-depth and inspiring view of the progress of women in sport. It anticipates their continued impact as Paris 2024 approaches.

Prices for the exhibition at the Musée national du Sport

2 Exhibitions > permanent and temporary exhibitions
Full price: €8
Reduced price: €4*
FREE for under-18s and disabled persons

* student, RSA, 18-25 years old, minimum old age pension, large family

Handicap Accessibility

  • Disability contact
    04 89 22 44 00

  • Parking

    On-site parking spaces including PRM spaces

  • Outdoor access


  • Building access

    Yes, the museum is on one level, guaranteeing barrier-free entry.

  • Reception desk


  • Interior accessibility

    All the museum's exhibition areas are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
    The flooring is designed to facilitate the passage of wheelchairs. In addition, the pathway is at least 90 cm wide to ensure easy access.

  • Special tours

    To develop their itinerary, Le Musée National du Sport collaborated with associations from the PACA region, representing various types of disability.
    They formed working groups to look at several aspects, such as the use of mobile applications, touch tablets, the presentation of handisport and adapted sport, and the adaptation of tours and educational workshops.
    These workshops, aimed at children and adults alike, are designed to be inclusive and educational for all, including the visually impaired and people with mental disabilities.

    In addition, the museum plans to further adapt its tours for families and individual visitors, with projects such as a coupled tour of the museum and the Allianz Riviera stadium, and the introduction of tours in sign language.
    It also plans to develop handisport workshops for schools, in partnership with the French Ministry of Education, with the aim of raising awareness of disability through sport.

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  • Adapted sanitary facilities


  • Preferential rates

    The museum is free for disabled visitors on presentation of proof.