[The Hall of Fame] is a place of grace and class…You arrive expecting to tour baseball’s past. What you discover is your own…It is pictures of places you’ve never been and belongings of people you’ve never met. Yet you are drawn to its scuffed baseballs and gritty photographs as if they were your own. And in a way, they are.
The Hall of Fame Gallery serves as the centerpiece of the historic institution, where the plaques of all 312 Hall of Fame members line the oak walls. Only 217 former major leaguers -- one percent of those to have played baseball in the major leagues -- have earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees – Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza – will each have a plaque added to the Gallery during Hall of Fame Weekend.
The Museum Store resides on the first floor. Visit the Store for unique gifts, keepsakes and clothing apparel for the baseball fans in your life. While there, sign up at one of the Museum kiosks to receive a merchandise catalog; Inside Pitch, the Hall of Fame’s free weekly e-mail newsletter; and a trial subscription of Memories and Dreams, the Hall of Fame’s bi-monthly magazine.
The Museum Bookstore, located in the Library Atrium, carries a wide variety of books and videos on a variety of baseball subjects, available for purchase. For the numerous book signings that take place in the Library Atrium year-round, books are available for purchase from this location.
The Hall of Fame Library, which houses in excess of three million documents, including a file on every player to appear in a major league game, 250,000 photographs and 14,000 hours of recorded film, video and sound. A public research area is a great place to spend the afternoon, for those wishing to delve deeper into Baseball’s history. The Library also includes exhibits on baseball Scribes and Mikemen and Baseball at the Movies, the Sandlot Kids’ Clubhouse, and the Bullpen Theater.
The Research Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., during the spring, summer and fall months with limited hours in the winter. Appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please call 607-547-0330 or write to [email protected].
A Three-Year, $20-Million Renovation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was formally completed with a rededication ceremony on July 29, 2005. Thirty-eight Hall of Fame members were present to cut the ribbon. The project marked the Museum’s seventh building renovation effort since the opening of its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939. Previous projects in 1950, 1958, 1968, 1980, 1989 and 1994 added exhibit space, the Hall of Fame Gallery, the Hall of Fame Library and the Museum Store, and connected them all. The most recent renovation offers visitors: a completely new look and feel; 14 exhibit and program spaces; 10,000 additional square feet of exhibit space; more accessibility for those with special needs; more interactive technology; a more consistent environment for the collections; and a seamless traffic pattern for visitors to enjoy. Museum floorplans are available here.
Baseball at the Movies
Baseball at the Movies explores the long-standing relationship between baseball and the movies. Scribes and Mikemen honors the greatest journalists to broadcast and write about the National Pastime, housing the award winners for the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually for broadcasting excellence, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
Sacred Ground: welcomes visitors to the third floor of the Museum, examining ballparks of the past and present through more than 200 artifacts and numerous displays in 1,800 square feet of exhibit space. Among the most notable artifacts in the exhibit: a scoreboard “pinwheel” from Comiskey Park; a ticket booth from Yankee Stadium; a turnstile from the Polo Grounds; a cornerstone from Ebbets Field; Walter Johnson’s locker from Griffith Stadium; and the on-deck circle from Forbes Field. The exhibit also includes a special interactive section dedicated to music at the ballpark, where visitors can hear the distinctive sounds from various ballparks and learn the history of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” A computer interactive guides visitors on a “walk-through” of Boston’s South End Grounds Grand Pavilion, in existence from 1888-1894) via a 14’ x 8’ curved screen.
When the crack of the bat brings a thrill to your soul, and you’re longing for the summer memories of your youth, melting the winter snows, it is time to plan a pilgrimage to the best place on Earth to fully satisfy your love of the game…the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream is an exhibit that chronicles Aaron’s life, from childhood through his big league career and post-baseball career, including his vast philanthropic efforts; as well as features artifacts from several of the unique achievements in baseball history.
Autumn Glory: 100 Years of the Postseason spotlights moments from every memorable World Series. Artifacts range from the baseball used for the final out of the inaugural Fall Classic’s in 1903 to the bats used by Bill Mazeroski and Joe Carter to hit dramatic home runs, to artifacts from the most recent World Series Champions.
One for the Books
One for the Books: is the most interactive and technologically advanced permanent exhibit in the Museum's 71-year history. 1,537 square feet of exhibit space includes sections focusing on batting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and team records. In addition to the artifacts, the exhibit includes in-case motion picture presentations, interactive trivia stations and the Digital Top 10 Tower.
It died a hero. Any pieces, anything that I've used that gets into the Hall of Fame is a thrill.
Membership is an integral part of the Hall of Fame and those enrolled in the membership program enjoy many benefits while assisting us in furthering our mission. There are membership levels for children, families and adults. Members receive free annual admittance to the Hall of Fame, a new collectible membership card every year, a subscription to Memories and Dreams, the Hall of Fame’s bi-monthly magazine, free shipping on purchases from the Hall of Fame catalog and on-line Museum Store, 10% of all Museum Store purchases, and exclusive member-only events throughout the year and more.
Inside Pitch delivers a free weekly newsletter via e-mail to baseball fans at work or home throughout the year, to keep you connected to Cooperstown. Featuring a weekly history lesson, Inside Pitch brings home baseball anniversaries, important news from the Museum and exclusive gift opportunities. Sign-up takes just seconds on-site or from the comfort of your own home.
An estimated crowd of 45,000 fans attended the July 26, 2015 Induction Ceremony, the fourth-highest total in the history of the event…In 2007, an estimated 82,000 fans packed Cooperstown, honoring the Hall of Fame induction of Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn and setting a Hall of Fame Weekend attendance record…Following 2007, the next largest estimated crowds for Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies: 50,000 (1999); 48,000 (2014); 45,000 (2015); 40,000 (1995); 27,000 (2001 and 2005); and 25,000 (2000)…The average attendance for any one Induction Ceremony is 15,000 fans.