Peter Snell: Medal-Winning MagicPeter Snell: Te Kaha Whakawhiwhinga Mētera

With this exhibition, Te Papa focuses on Sir Peter Snell’s incredible achievements in the 1960s.

When | Āhea

18 Apr – 11 Oct 2017

Where | Ki hea

Level 2

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


All ages


10 minutes

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • wheelchair accessible

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He was one of the world’s greatest athletes in one of the world’s most admired sports – middle-distance running. During his athletic career, he won three Olympic gold medals and two British Empire and Commonwealth Games gold medals, and set at least six world records.

Snell powered to international track stardom using the revolutionary training methods of his coach, Arthur Lydiard, who led the finest era in New Zealand athletics from the early 1950s to the mid 1960s.

The display features two of Sir Peter Snell’s Olympic gold medals and one of his running shoes made by his coach, Arthur Lydiard.

Footage of these three dramatic Olympic races screens continuously.

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