National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown: Hours, Address, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Baseball Hall of Fame is a nonprofit committed to preserving the history of America's pastime and celebrating the legendary players, managers, umpires and executives who have made the game a fan favorite for more than a century. Preserving History. Honoring Excellence. Connecting Generations.
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rcepuch
Reston, VA110 contributions
Apr 2022
I'd last visited the HoF about 20 years ago. It was under renovation and it seemed like the whole place was nothing but plinths with baseball objects atop them – which got old in a hurry. Now there's much more and we enjoyed a three-hour visit (thankfully in a period when it wasn't crowded, which made it easier to read signage that is too often poorly-lit and tiny; it IS too dark in there).

It was especially interesting to see how they deal with players whose stats demand acknowledgment even if their behavior disqualifies them from being nominated for the Hall. Also, we liked the "team lockers" and I got a kick out of seeing Babe Ruth's bowling all (wonder how far he could've hit THAT?).

There's a too-small area off to one side featuring notable baseball broadcasters.

While there are some exhibits hinting at a sense of humor about baseball, it occurred to me that an "Errors" section might be a nice addition – highlighting things like misspelled uniforms (Washington Natinals) to blooper plays on the field.
Written 2 May 2022
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Fetla
Pennsylvania27 contributions
Apr 2022
Highly recommend visiting! Two huge floors of baseball memorabilia + first floor containing the hall of fame inductees and giftshop. Beautiful and well kept museum. Visited during the spring, so it wasn't crowded, but definitely recommend at least 2-3 hours to take your time seeing everything. Awesome mix of exhibits, even for those who aren't huge baseball fans.

The town of Cooperstown, NY is very quaint and old fashioned. If you are looking for other things to do in the area- there isn't much. The main street is small, but has some cafes and baseball themed shops (containing t-shirts, souvenirs, and LOTS of collectables). Doubleday Field is in walking distance of the Hall of Fame, which has historical ties to the game of baseball. There is a winery/brewery trail for the area- but some of them are pretty spread out from Cooperstown (we visited Ommegang Brewery which was about 10 minutes from town). Would definitely recommend visiting the Hall of Fame/Cooperstown for just a daytrip.
Written 2 May 2022
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50state5Ker
Indiana130 contributions
Apr 2022
My husband enjoyed all the details - history, stats, videos, team lockers, etc. . I enjoyed the highlights and the special topic sections.
Written 1 May 2022
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moravian99
Philadelphia, PA308 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
I cannot emphasize enough how long I’ve wanted to visit here. If you’re like that, you will not be disappointed. I spent a total of 3.5 hours here and could have stayed all day if I wanted. One of the primary reasons I left when I did (aside from being starving) is because my phone was dying from taking so many pictures!

At this point, they are doing timed ticketing for entrance (not sure if they are offering a non-timed ticket option at this point). Timed ticketing worked well - I was visiting on a weekday and chose one of the first timed options.

You are able to see a video upon entering (not sure how frequently the film plays), so definitely see it if you can. Aside from hearing from many HOFs, you get to relieve some of the greatest baseball moments and historical calls. Definitely set the tone for the visit.

The different exhibits and artifacts are too much to detail. It was overwhelming, in a positive way. I’m used to seeing maybe a historic sports artifact or two in an entire museum. This was every case having about 20 of the most historic artifacts you can imagine, then there being countless cases over multiple floors.

Trying to select my favorite part is impossible. But I would have to say their section highlighting stadiums (with a focus on older long gone stadiums) was one that touched me. Thinking of parks my grandfather watched a game at, or even the fact that the stadiums I saw my first games at no longer exist, helped me remember how long baseball has been an integral part of my life.

The suggested route is to enter and start on the second floor, progressing to the third floor, before you make your way back down to the first floor. The first floor is where you will find the plaques. You can certainly look for your favorite players, but don’t leave without seeing the plaques from the initial 1939 class.

The gift store is on the first floor. It’s huge and you can find anything from a hat to pieces you would only find at the museum. Items are reasonably priced. I was pleasantly surprised that they gave me a pretty nice tote bag for my items rather than a cheap plastic or paper bag.

Upon entry, they stamp your hand so you are able to come and go for the day.

There is an elevator if stairs are an issue. At this time, there were plenty of hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum.
Written 27 April 2022
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GregCJr
Hull, MA26 contributions
Jan 2022
We went during the long weekend in January and practically had the place to ourselves. Gave us plenty of time to wander, spend time reading and taking in all the artifacts and reading the plaques in the hall. Spent the entire day and had a grand time! The town is extremely quiet during a winter visit, but the few places that are open make for a lovely experience.
Written 23 April 2022
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,863 contributions
Apr 2022
I visited The Baseball Hall of Fame in April 2022. I bought my ticket online in advance the night before. I walked to The Baseball Hall of Fame from the Landmark Inn. Unfortunately the weather was rainy and not so good. I arrived at 9:15 am and the staff gave me a quick orientation of the museum. I went to the third floor. First was a special exhibit on Hank Aaron including a video clip of home run number 715. Then I went to the section on Baseball Records such as 500 home runs, .400 batting average, 3000 hits, 3000 strikeouts, 300 wins, and many other famous baseball milestones. Next was a film on the 2021 World Series where the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros in six games. It was fun to relive it. There were other exhibits on the World Series. The final section was famous baseball moments with video clips that you could choose. Examples are Carlton Fisk's home run in the 1975 World Series Game 6, Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series, and many many more. I spent a lot of time here watching the various video clips of moments that I had personally watched live on TV throughout the years. On the second floor I skipped the film in the interest of time. Because of the weather I was anxious to get on the road to go home (a long drive). There was a special exhibit on Babe Ruth. The gift shop was full of interesting things but I did not buy anything. The museum was not crowded when I first arrived but became more and more crowded. So I recommend getting there early. My visit to The Baseball Hall of Fame was a great experience and I hope to go there again.
Written 19 April 2022
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Alex J
5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I am out $89 because their system failed and they refuse to refund me or give me my goods
Be careful
Written 14 April 2022
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Donny G
Fort Lauderdale, FL68 contributions
Apr 2022
If you are a baseball fan there is no question...you must go to the Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. I was there the first week of April so it's technically not the season yet. It was perfect! There were numerous times that I was the only person in a certain exhibit or on the entire floor. I enjoyed the plaque gallery, alone, and was able to take as many uninterrupted pictures as I wanted. The staff puts this place over the top, they are all knowledgeable, friendly and ready to answer any question you can throw at them. The museum is laid out beautifully...start on the second floor, take your time and then make your way up to 3. Save the gallery for last. Some people would want to wait for the season to really kick in but I wouldn't change a thing. There were some stores/restaurants on Main Street that still weren't open but there is still plenty to see, eat and shop. The museum store was also a hit and the staff (mainly Zach) were amazing.
Written 13 April 2022
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F1 Racer
3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Such an amazing facility packed with the most unbelievable memorabilia. A visit here is a must for kids, adults, and baseball fans!
Written 11 April 2022
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Craig Hockenberry
112 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
CRAIG HOCKENBERRY: Baseball Hall of Fame. I drop from Youngstown, Ohio to Cooperstown, New York. I arrived in the middle of the winter. It was minus -10 degrees. I was the first person to arrive and I had the entire place to myself. The staff was incredible and the entire trip was amazing. I learned so much and had a great time.

Everything was perfect!

CRAIG HOCKENBERRY Cincinnati

Craig Hockenberry
Written 26 March 2022
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