Baseball is more than just a game…
It’s a family experience that connects generations.
It’s an American tradition that holds a special place in the hearts and minds of fans, young and old.
It’s the feelings and emotion behind the memories…
The Museum preserves history, honors excellence and connects generations. Beyond the iconic Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery are exhibits that tell the story of baseball’s impact on our lives, and our country.
The Museum exhibits draw from a collection of 40,000 lovingly preserved artifacts and more than 3 million library items to bring your stories to life.
There is plenty for the hard-core fan to absorb: plaques, stats, equipment donned by the game’s greatest players, as well as important figures that many have now forgotten. There are uniforms worn on ancient fields and pieces of ballparks long faded from communities across the country.
But visitors need not be die-hard fans to appreciate and discover the cultural impact of baseball, a tale told over and over again in exhibit after exhibit. Families have enjoyed this exceptional collection since 1939, learning, reminiscing and making memories of their own along the way.
This transformation of sight, sound and touch takes place close to 300,000 times a year for each visitor who walks through the hallowed halls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Great moments from history come alive when you step into the Museum, creating a thick sense of nostalgia that is driven by your own memories.
Baseball is more than a game. It’s America’s story. And for so many, it’s a part of their own story.
"Pride and Passion" takes visitors on a chronological journey through the tribulations and triumphs of African Americans in baseball, while "¡Viva Baseball!" documents the rise of the game in Caribbean nations and the influence Latin players have on the sport today.
The Museum is as eclectic as the Game itself, including exhibits highlighting art and photography that you'll find on the first floor. On the Museum’s third floor, “Chasing the Dream” honors Hank Aaron’s legacy, while “Sacred Ground” examines the evolution of ballparks. Fans can also celebrate baseball’s most revered records in “One for the Books” and cherish memories of past champions in “Autumn Glory.” Download a floor plan and overview with our Museum Guide.
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.
You will connect here, not only with the game, but with the friends and family who traveled to Cooperstown with you. You will rediscover your history here – the relationships forged, stories shared, and cherished memories created. They all come to life in Cooperstown.
Admission and Hours
History of the Museum
Visitor Tips and Policies
Picturing America's Pastime
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream
Taking the Field: The 19th Century
One for the Books
Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience
Whole New Ballgame
Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend
Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball