Sochi Russia will play host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
I had heard the lines at Sochi House were huge, so I wasn’t surprised to see one when I showed up. What did surprise me was how quickly it moved. I was there around 4:00pm, and made it into the pavilion within 15 minutes.
The pavilion, housed inside Science World, reminded me of Expo ’86. Every wall is covered with photos and information regarding the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The photography is breathtaking, and there is a full scale model of the entire Sochi area. Clowns were entertaining the crowds during my visit and from what I hear they have multiple rotating acts. There’s tons to see and it felt like every square foot of the space was covered— detailing the geography, history, and industry of Russia. The highlight for me was the hockey memorabilia.
The one down side was that I didn’t notice many interactive displays, as most of the display space was taken by sponsors. And I was disappointed to see a cool nightclub space, only to learn that it, and the entire pavilion, was closed to the general public after 5pm.
I’m going to have to go back to take in the movie that’s playing in the IMAX theatre, it’s Russian with English sub-titles and I hear it’s quite good. If you have a burning desire to read up on Sochi and Russia, then this pavilion is a must see. And with a reasonable wait to get in it’s worth it. Well done Sochi, here’s to 2014!