About The Netropolitan Museum

The Museum Story

Welcome to The Netropolitan Museum of Figure Skating Pins. Through this blog, The Curator aims to preserve the history of the sport of figure skating as seen in the many beautiful and unusual lapel pins and medals issued to commemorate major championships. More importantly, this blog serves as an online resource and repository of that history for all to enjoy.

The Netropolitan Museum debuted in 1996 as a dedicated website, but today it takes the form of a weekly blog, produced by a collector for collectors. Over more than 40 years, The Curator of The Netropolitan accumulated a massive collection of pins to now share with those who already enjoy collecting or to inspire others to become collectors.

Collecting is like eating peanuts—you have one and can’t stop. — Malcolm Forbes

Skating Pins On Display

Over time, The Netropolitan will showcase a wide selection of colorful and interesting figure skating pins from around the world. Specifically, those pins from 1990 and earlier. Be sure to check this site often or subscribe to the blog to learn when something new is published. Pins (or participant medals) from these events are on display with more added regularly:

  • World Figure Skating Championships
  • European Figure Skating Championships
  • World Junior Figure Skating Championships
  • North American Figure Skating Championships
  • United States Figure Skating Championships
  • Canadian Figure Skating Championships
  • Skate Canada
  • Skate America

With all of that said, The Netropolitan won’t feature club pins, federation pins, team pins, figural pins, media or sponsor pins, ice show pins, precision/synchronized pins, generic skating pins, and pins from events not listed above. These categories are not the focus of The Netropolitan collection, although an occasional exception might appear.

Journey Into Figure Skating’s Past

Join The Curator for an in-depth look at pins and explore everything from common design themes to production quality to cultural influences to the changing times in the sport of figure skating itself. Equally important are the opinions and observations, both of which are plentiful and (sometimes) colorful! Don’t delay. Let your journey down this path begin.

To learn more about the sport’s history, visit the Skating Magazine Archive. Skating is the official publication of U.S. Figure Skating.