As the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown is synonymous with our national pastime.
Cooperstown was once believed to have been the birthplace of baseball. Many have heard the Doubleday myth, which claims it was where Union Army officer Abner Doubleday invented the sport in 1839. And though that story has since been refuted, the belief held strong long enough for the small town in upstate New York to choose it as the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1936, the inaugural class of Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner was inducted, and three years later, the building followed. Today, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is recognized as one of the top sports shrines in the world, and the keeper of baseball history. Each year, another class of greats is inducted.
Currently at the museum, visitors are challenged to come and take on the Hall of Fame Starting Nine. The scavenger hunt is an exciting and interactive way to explore the museum’s three floors and 40,000 baseball artifacts as you hunt to find nine carefully curated, can’t-miss historic items from your favorite team.
Each Starting Nine lineup was hand-curated to represent top historic moments from each of the 30 MLB teams. See Lou Gehrig’s locker, Dwight Gooden’s Met’s rookie jersey, the Boston Red Sox 1903 World
Series final out baseball and much more. You can choose your team online ahead of your visit or at the museum to ensure you don’t miss out on seeing any of the items you’re interested in.
Aside from being the ultimate baseball fan destination, Cooperstown makes for a great family road trip. Located between the Adirondacks and the Catskills, it’s a scenic juant with plenty to see and do when you arrive, including the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and the Glimmerglass Opera. The town itself is a slice of Americana straight from a Norman Rockwell painting, with shops, craft beverages and cafes to enjoy. There’s even a trolley to take you around.
If you love baseball, you can’t miss the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum is open every day except for major holidays. The Starting Nine experience is only running through the end of the year, so start planning your visit to Cooperstown today.