'The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games' will transport viewers back to ancient Greece, the original home of the Olympics, and follow a journey tracking some of the iconic Olympic athletes and stories of the last hundred years.
Staged in collaboration with London 2012 partner BP, the exhibition will be held at the Royal Opera House and run for the duration of the Olympic Games next summer, from 27 July to 12 August.
Unique artefacts, graphics, film and audio from The Olympic Museum in Lausanne will all be on display, including a collection of all the Olympic medals since 1896 and all the Olympic Torches since 1936.
There will also be a 'Hall of Champions' featuring the stories and inspirational achievements of great Olympians from the modern Games.
Tony Hall, Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board and Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said: 'The London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, is already shaping up to be one of the finest of any Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Royal Opera House is delighted to be playing its part'.
The London 2012 Festival is the culmination of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, which aims to use the Games to inspire creativity across all forms of culture across the UK.