Presidents' Week

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, February 21, 2020 - 5:00pm

Seventy three years ago this spring, Jackie Robinson made history for the Brooklyn Dodgers – helping fulfill baseball’s destiny as America’s National Pastime.

As many schools in the northeast pause for Winter Break, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Robinson’s heroic journey – along with countless other milestones – in honoring Black History Month.

The Cooperstown shrine hosts special daily programs for kids of all ages Feb. 17-21 as part of Presidents’ Week. Families can experience unique Museum artifacts through guided tours, learn about the history of African Americans in baseball and participate in programming throughout the week.

All events are included with Museum admission.

Monday, February 17th

To the top
10:30 am: Plaques of the Gallery Tour

Aimed at visitors of all ages, this program educates visitors about the Plaque Gallery’s history, the process of creating a Hall of Fame plaque, and the meaning of being a Hall of Famer.

12:30 pm: Mining for Talent

Drop by our cart on the second floor and test your ability to sift through data and identify baseball talent. Hall of Fame staff will present you with several scouting reports of some of baseball’s all-time greats, with one catch: all details identifying each future star will be removed. The challenge: choose future stars to build your team around.

2:00 pm: So You Think You Know Baseball?

Test your knowledge of baseball history in this interactive game show for fans of all ages! Make your way through all nine innings, and you could win a free commemorative Hall of Fame gift. Put your wits to the test and see if you’ve got what it takes to walk away a winner!

Tuesday, February 18th

To the top
10:30 am: Plaques of the Gallery Tour

Aimed at visitors of all ages, this program educates visitors about the Plaque Gallery’s history, the process of creating a Hall of Fame plaque, and the meaning of being a Hall of Famer.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Open Hour in the Learning Center

This interactive room allows families to explore baseball history through hands-on items from the Hall of Fame’s education collection. Stop by and learn how the equipment and style of the uniforms have changed over time.

1:30 pm: Baseball and the American President

Did you know that almost every American President has a connection to baseball? Learn about American Presidents and their connection with baseball from Washington to Trump.

Wednesday, February 19th

To the top
10:30 am: Plaques of the Gallery Tour

Aimed at visitors of all ages, this program educates visitors about the Plaque Gallery’s history, the process of creating a Hall of Fame plaque, and the meaning of being a Hall of Famer.

12:30 pm: Mining for Talent

Drop by our cart on the second floor and test your ability to sift through data and identify baseball talent. Hall of Fame staff will present you with several scouting reports of some of baseball’s all-time greats, with one catch: all details identifying each future star will be removed. The challenge: choose future stars to build your team around.

2:00 pm: So You Think You Know Baseball?

Test your knowledge of baseball history in this interactive game show for fans of all ages! Make your way through all nine innings, and you could win a free commemorative Hall of Fame gift. Put your wits to the test and see if you’ve got what it takes to walk away a winner!

Thursday, February 20th

To the top
10:30 am: Plaques of the Gallery Tour

Aimed at visitors of all ages, this program educates visitors about the Plaque Gallery’s history, the process of creating a Hall of Fame plaque, and the meaning of being a Hall of Famer.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Open Hour in the Learning Center

This interactive room allows families to explore baseball history through hands-on items from the Hall of Fame’s education collection. Stop by and learn how the equipment and style of the uniforms have changed over time.

1:30pm: Celebration of the Negro Leagues

This special program will highlight the efforts of Negro Leagues founder Rube Foster. Learn about some of the greatest players of black baseball, including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell. Hear the story of Effa Manley, the only female member of the Hall of Fame. And find out more about the Hall of Famers who started their careers in the Negro Leagues before becoming household names: Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Willie Mays.

Friday, February 21st

To the top
10:30 am: Plaques of the Gallery Tour

Aimed at visitors of all ages, this program educates visitors about the Plaque Gallery’s history, the process of creating a Hall of Fame plaque, and the meaning of being a Hall of Famer.

11:30 am: Curator Spotlight: Pride and Passion Exhibit

In this guided presentation, visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Negro Leagues and our Pride & Passion Exhibit. These experiences gives visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the creation process behind our exhibits.

2:00 pm: So You Think You Know Baseball?

Test your knowledge of baseball history in this interactive game show for fans of all ages! Make your way through all nine innings, and you could win a free commemorative Hall of Fame gift. Put your wits to the test and see if you’ve got what it takes to walk away a winner!