Picturing America’s Pastime: Museum Opens New Photo Exhibit

Third-Floor Homage to Baseball Features a Snapshot of the Museum’s Vast Photo Collection

November 14, 2013
The Museum's new Picturing America's Pastime exhibit features images from the Hall's unparalleled photo collection. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – When baseball began its ascent to becoming the National Pastime in the 1850s, a new art – photography – was there to document every moment. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum preserves the historic link between the two passions with more than 250,000 original photographs in the Museum’s photo archive. The Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Picturing America’s Pastime, features over 50 photographic images showing the incredible breath and depth of this unique collection. 

Spanning almost 150 years of the game’s history and accompanied by the words of those who were there, Picturing America’s Pastime debuted this fall on the Museum’s third floor and will officially open to the public on Wednesday, November 20, when the Museum opens at 9 a.m. Featuring work from photographers spanning generations, like Charles M. Conlon, Carl J. Horner, Arthur Rothstein, William C. Greene and Brad Mangin – along with many unidentified photographers whose images have been donated to the Museum –  Picturing America’s Pastime captures the grandeur of the early game to the vibrancy of today’s sport through images in sepia, color and black-and-white. 

The exhibition also features 16 artifacts connected to the images on display and is included with Museum admission. Picturing America’s Pastime is scheduled to be on display in Cooperstown throughout 2014. 

For more information, please visit www.baseballhall.org. 

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 Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. 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.