VISITORS to Tower Bridge this summer can enjoy a celebratory round-the-world tour of the ‘Cities of the Modern Games’, a fascinating exhibition of stunning photographs of past host cities. Featuring 26 colourful cityscapes, this absorbing and interactive display on Tower Bridge’s West Walkway will appeal to all the family and runs from 2 May to 30 September 2012.
• ‘Cities of the Modern Games’ exhibition features 26 large-scale (117cm x 82cm) full-colour images of all past host cities of the Modern Olympic Games, from Athens in 1896 to Beijing in 1996. The world’s most famous cities take centre stage in this display of superb photography, which includes stunning views of the Champs-Elysées in Paris and Red Square in Moscow by night, the iconic Sydney Opera House from the air and the imposing sight of Mount Fuji near Tokyo.
• Glorious cityscapes of past host cities. These include: Athens, Paris, St. Louis, London, Stockholm, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Berlin, Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome, Tokyo, Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing.
• Fun facts and figures to be discovered about the Modern Games and the host cities. For example, did you know that Amsterdam is also called the Venice of the north? Or that Melbourne is home to the world’s largest Greek population outside Greece? Or that Henry Pearce won gold in rowing at the 1928 Games in Amsterdam despite slowing down to allow a family of ducks to swim past him!
• Internationally accessible. All the information about the photographs is available in French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
• Horace Bear children’s competition for younger visitors. Named after the Bridge’s architect, Horace Jones, Tower Bridge’s delightful new children’s character makes his debut at the ‘Cities of the Modern Games’ exhibition. On arrival, children will receive a Horace Bear Scorecard and then they can hunt for free stickers that are hidden in locations along the exhibition, answer a fun fact quiz and try their hand at Tower Quoits and Bascule Hoopla. At the Finishing Line, they hand in their Scorecard and depending on their score they will receive a gold, silver or bronze chocolate coin. So everyone’s a winner!
Tower Bridge Exhibition is open every day¹ from 10.00am to 6.30pm (April-Sept) and 9.30am to 5.30pm (Oct-March) with last admission half an hour before closing.