19 May – 28 October 2012

Since Waldi the Dachshund appeared at Munich in 1972, each Olympic and Paralympic Games has been represented by an official mascot.

Mascots of the Olympic Games was a small display showcasing 38 mascots from past summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, including 2012 mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville.

These lovable creatures illustrate the identity of the host city whilst incorporating the Olympic Games brand and the traditional spirit of the event. Some countries use national symbols, such as Sam the all-American eagle used for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. Others have drawn on myth and legend, such as Athena and Phevos used in Athens in 2004.