Baseball season is in full swing(pun intended) and what better time to celebrate the nation’s favorite past time than to visit baseball museums – for the love of the game! Below is a list of top baseball museums to visit with a highlight of the Slugger Museum (which we got to visit over spring break).
Ok, I guess I should mention that I don’t really watch a bunch of baseball, and my kids don’t play. But when we used to live in Louisville, Kentucky, I loved going to a couple Louisville Bats minor league games a season. My favorite part about going to a baseball game is getting to heckle the other team. It’s better than going to a counseling session; I just get out all my pent up emotions by making fun of the batters of the apposing team. Plus, there’s the baseball food. Mmmm.
List of Top Baseball Museums
#1 The National Baseball Museum Hall of Fame tops the charts on most baseball museums lists for good reason with the largest collection of baseball artifacts and memorabilia in the world and over 300,000 visitors each year! It’s located in Cooperstown, New York and opened in 1939. Each year, a Hall of Fame Weekend is held where new inductees are introduced and celebrated. There is also a Hall Of Fame Classic game with previous inductees that play and you can buy tickets to see the game. TIP: For more baseball museums fun visit the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum while you are in Cooperstown.
Speaking of wax museum mannequins, the Slugger Museum has these mannequins of famous players with quotes by their feet. The guy smooching a slugger cracked us up! LOL One of my favorite quotes was by Jackie Robinson…
#2 The Louisville Slugger Museum is one of my favorite museums to visit. When we were in Louisville, Kentucky for spring break, I knew I had to take my kids to the Slugger Museum being one of the most iconic baseball museums.
It not only includes a baseball museum, short movie, batting cages, and gift shop but includes a factory tour. My nerdy self enjoyed seeing the machinery used, learning about how many bats are produced each year, and seeing the process for producing the most famous baseball bat in the world – the Louisville Slugger. Plus, it’s hard to miss the GIGANTIC baseball bat(pic at the top of this post).
My kids really enjoyed the interactive exhibits in the museum and getting to actually hold bats during the factory tour. We were there for the last tour of the day and just made it in time after the tour to get to use the indoor batting cages (towards the back of the building). Turns out my oldest son and little girl have arms for the game. It was their first time to even ever pick up a bat and they did pretty good in the box for never picking up a stick.
#3 The baseball museums specific to players are great for die hard fans. There’s the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore, Maryland with exhibits and memorabilia of the nations first sports celebrity. The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum is located in the house he lived and died in Greenville, South Carolina. The Negro League Baseball Museum is in Kansas City, Missouri where the league was founded in 1920 due to not African Americans not being allowed to play in the major league(while there visit the American Jazz Museum with which it shares facilities). In South Williamsport, Pennsylvania you can learn more about the youngsters enjoying the game at The World of Little League Museum.
#4 The National Ball Park Museum has a collection that was recognized by Smithsonian Books as one of the top 21 finest private baseball collections in the World. This best kept secret of baseball museums prides itself on one-of-a-kind treasures from ballparks across the land. If you are visiting Denver, Colorado, be sure to include this in your must see list.
There are a bunch more baseball museums that you can visit throughout the US. Links are listed below that celebrate this great past time. My family might not be huge fans of the game but we love the Slugger Museum and I’m about ready for my therapy session of heckling and funnel cake. Hope you enjoy this years season as much as I do!
Additional Baseball Museums –
Do you know of a baseball museum that isn’t listed above? Let a comment below with the website link and I’ll add it. Thanks!