The Museum of World Athletics™, or MOWA, is a 3D fully virtual museum of athletics, which will take you on an interactive journey through the history of athletics, highlighting many of the legends of the sport.

MOWA is the first sports museum to be established solely in the digital world, bringing a new level of innovation and creative technologies to the world of sport. The museum gives visitors a unique online experience, highlighting key athletics champions from each continent, and celebrating each edition of the World Athletics Championships. Through realistic interactive content, including state-of-the-art 360 photographic reproduction of items donated by the athletes, MOWA brings to life the stories of our sport. 

Among the exhibits are items owned by many of the greatest athletes in history, including Paavo Nurmi, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Irena Szewinska, Carl Lewis, Marie-Jose Perec, Jan Zelezny, Allyson Felix and Usain Bolt.

The Museum of World Athletics is free to access and is available with commentary in both English and French.

Attention athletes! Honour our history.

Contribute to the collection


We actively encourage all world and Olympic finalists and world record-breakers to donate items of clothing, shoes and equipment to the World Athletics Heritage Collection which is displayed in MOWA.


Please contact MOWA@worldathletics.org to find out how your career can be featured in the museum.



MOWA - Close Up



Heritage Plaque Ceremony - Fukuoka Marathon


Heritage Plaque Ceremony - Paavo Nurmi & Paavo Nurmi Games, Turku


Ron Delany sets world indoor best at 1958 Bankers Mile


Heritage Plaque Ceremony - Irena Szewinska, Bydgoszcz


Heritage Plaque unveiling - Athens Marathon The Authentic