Museum Honors Veterans Day by Offering Free Admission to Veterans Nov. 6-30
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Hall of Famers’ service to their country year-round in the iconic Plaque Gallery.
And from Nov. 6 through Nov. 30, the Hall of Fame will partner with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services to offer all military veterans free admission to the home of baseball in Cooperstown.
All Veterans will be admitted to the Museum free of charge Nov. 6-30 with proof of Veteran status that includes one of the following:
- U.S. Department of Defense Form 214
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs ID Card
- New York State Driver's License with Veteran distinguishing mark
Twenty-year career retired military and active duty military receive free Museum admission every day the Hall of Fame is open, and Veterans receive discounted admission on all days as well.
“The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to partner with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services in recognizing the men and women presently serving in the military, and those who have earned the distinguished title of Veteran,” said Tim Mead, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We join millions of Americans across the country in expressing our gratitude for their service and selfless sacrifices. Baseball and the military are intertwined into our country’s history, and while we pay tribute to our veterans and active members of the military on this day, we are honored to celebrate these individuals throughout the entire year.”
Sixty-eight of the 329 Hall of Famers interrupted their baseball careers for military service, and each is recognized with a medallion below their plaque in the Museum’s Plaque Gallery.
The New York State Division of Veterans Services will have staff available at the Hall of Fame all day on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to inform Veterans and their families about the federal and state benefits that they have earned, and to help them file claims and appeals for those benefits.
“We are grateful for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s continued support of our Veterans and their families,” said Colonel (Ret., U.S. Army) Jim McDonough, Director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services. “As a lifelong fan of the game and coach who has previously brought his team to Cooperstown, the camaraderie that comes with watching and enjoying baseball together brings memories of service together, something we all remember with fondness and appreciation. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Hall and appreciate the efforts to celebrate America’s pastime with America’s Veterans and their families.”
The Hall of Fame will offer special Museum programs Nov. 6, including:
10:30 a.m. – Plaques of the Gallery Tour
Aimed at visitors of all ages, this program educates visitors about the history of the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery and the process by which each plaque is made and installed in this 20-minute guided tour.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Operation Gratitude
Honor the military personnel and veterans by taking some time out of your visit to write a letter to thank our soldiers and veterans. All letters will be sent to Operation Gratitude.
11:30 a.m. – Curator Spotlight: Moe Berg exhibit
Visitors will have the opportunity to go on a special guided tour of the Museum’s temporary exhibit, Moe Berg: Big League Spy, led by a Hall of Fame Curator. This tour provides visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the creation process behind the Hall of Fame exhibits.
1:30 p.m. – Guided Museum Tour: Baseball and the Military
Join us in honoring the Museum’s military members in a special guided tour that highlights artifacts and players who have served our country.
All programs are included with Museum admission.