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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main Street
Cooperstown
NY
13326
Tel: 1-888-HALL-OF-FAME

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As they enter the Museum, kids under 12 can choose to participate in one of two Discovery Tours, which are self-guided educational scavenger hunts. The answers can be found throughout the Museum, and a completed Discovery Tour can be turned in at the bookstore in the Library Atrium to receive a commemorative pack of Hall of Fame baseball cards.
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    Amazing. Not just the hall, the whole town was awesome with the Otesaga Resort, Leatherstocking golf course and Otsego Lake, plus all the amazing baseball stores. The HOF was a thing to remember, come during the HOF weekend when all the members are in Cooperstown

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    One of the most amazing places you'll ever go, you don't even need to be a baseball fan, it's nostalgia bring you back to a simpler time in America. Truly fantastic.

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    The drive on Hwy. 28 from I-90 into Cooperstown is scenic as you pass through quaint villages built on the shore of Lake Otsego. Located on Main St., the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's façade is smaller than it appears on the Internet. The original wing built in 1938 has been expanded 3 times to comprise the present structure. You begin the tour on the second floor in the Cooperstown room which depicts the chronological expansion of the building and displays the notable 'Doubleday' baseball. After viewing the 13 minute 'The Baseball Experience'...Read More

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    Wonderfully set up with tons of memorabilia and historical artifacts. The hall that holds all inducted players is beautiful. Easily can spend 4 hours reading all of the information.

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    I am not even really a baseball fan. I mostly went here because my friends insisted. But I actually had a pretty good time. The exhibits were super well done. They had exhibits for blacks, latinos, and women in baseball, which I thought was great.

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by Brian Caruso

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The drive on Hwy. 28 from I-90 into Cooperstown is scenic as you pass through quaint villages built on the shore of Lake Otsego. Located on Main St., the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's façade is smaller than it appears on the Internet. The original wing built in 1938 has been expanded 3 times to comprise the present structure. You begin the tour on the second floor in the Cooperstown room which depicts the chronological expansion of the building and displays the notable 'Doubleday' baseball. After viewing the 13 minute 'The Baseball Experience' film, you enter 'Taking the Field: The 19th Century", which explores baseball's beginnings in the 19th century. You the proceed through "The Game: 1900-1930' with displays of artifacts from Honus Wagner, the 'Black Sox' scandal, etc., as you proceed through a chronology of baseball into the present. Along the way, you see uniforms worn by Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, etc. When you complete these exhibits on the 2nd floor, you proceed to the 3rd floor. Here are exhibits on baseball stadiums, Hank Aaron, and 'One for the Books', which exhibits the record holders in an extensive array of baseball stat areas along with artifacts such as Hank Aaron's Atlanta Braves full uniform. You will then return to the first floor where the Hall of Fame gallery is located. The induction plaques are displayed here in a reverential atmosphere. Notably, one display indicates only 1% of all players since 1900 have been inducted. Also, only 10% of all museum artifacts are displayed at a time, the rest in storage. In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 hours (if you want to thoroughly view and read the exhibit commentaries). The town itself is delightful with shops and restaurants. Late winter/early spring is the ideal time to visit (I parked directly in front of the museum on Main St.; during the summer, and particularly on inductee week-end, you may have to park miles away). But still worth the walk!

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