New Learning Center Offers School Groups, Museum Visitors a Hands-On Look at History

Hall of Fame’s Education Program Moves into State-of-the-Art New Home on Museum’s First Floor

March 24, 2011
The Learning Center is located on the first floor of the Museum. (Anna Wade/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The Baseball Hall of Fame's award-winning educational programs have a new home at the historic Cooperstown shrine.

With an official ribbon-cutting ceremony today, the Learning Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is now open for scheduled school and family activities throughout the year. Here visitors make connections with the Hall of Fame's collection through interactive programs that enhance the Museum experience. The Learning Center features hands-on programs based on the museum's educational curriculum including social studies, math, science, and character education. Visitors can explore artifacts and objects as they discover connections between baseball and American history.

The Hall of Fame field trip experience is enhanced with a visit to the Learning Center, which features a hands-on equipment display, interactive time-lines and presentation spaces, and a changing exhibit that showcases student and teacher work. Every year, the Hall of Fame hosts more than 90 K-12 school field trips featuring guided tours of the Museum by Hall of Fame educators, and an artifact-based experience in the Learning Center.

"The field trip experience is truly enriched with a visit to the Learning Center," said Anna Wade, the Hall of Fame's director of museum education. "Teachers and students explore artifacts and objects as they discover the connections between baseball and the classroom. Additionally, educational daily programs in the Learning Center bring history and heroes to life. The programming lineup includes public events that promote discussion and interaction among generations."

The Learning Center is an interactive space which highlights the curriculum and content of the educational mission of the Museum while showcasing the dynamic slate of public, family, and community programs.

"Our public programs allow visitors to experience the Baseball Hall of Fame's history and collections in a personal way, creating memories to last a lifetime," said Brad Horn, the Museum's senior director of communications and education. "Whether you are visiting with your family or visiting with your school, the education department offers programs to enhance your experience at the Museum. The Learning Center provides a more dynamic and meaningful visitor experience here at the Hall of Fame."

Located on the Museum's first floor adjacent to the Buck O'Neil Award exhibit, the Learning Center will host visiting student groups as they explore the living history at Hall of Fame as well as daily programs and public events.

To learn more about the Hall of Fame's Education Program or to book a field trip, visit www.baseballhall.org/education or call 607-547-0347.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.