Baseball Shrine Gets Extreme Makeover

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s New Look and Exhibits are Sure to Hit a Home Run with Fans

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., May 11 /PRNewswire/ — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will rededicate the 66-year-old institution on July 29, following a three-year, $20 million renovation with expanded exhibits, improved access for those with special needs, added technology and upgraded preservation capabilities. First opened in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was established to document and exhibit the vast history of our National Pastime and its impact on American culture. The Hall of Fame traces baseball’s evolution from a simple game played on rural pastures and urban sandlots to America’s favorite sport, and in the process, has mirrored our nation’s development through the years. After the largest renovation and expansion in its history, which began in 2002, the museum is set to unveil the re-installation of its preeminent collection of baseball artifacts to thousands of devoted fans.

The Museum changes include 10,000 additional square feet of exhibition space, a new lobby with a direct view into the Hall of Fame Gallery, along with a grand staircase entry to the Museum’s second and third floor exhibit spaces. Additionally, changes to the Museum’s Timeline exhibit, vaulted ceilings, 14 new exhibit and program spaces and the entry way to the Hall of Fame Gallery have added new dimensions for visitors of all ages.

New exhibits already installed include the Sandlot Kids Clubhouse, an interactive area for parents with young children; The Baseball Experience, a completely digitized 13-minute multimedia show; Autumn Glory: A History of the Post Season, a retrospective on the history of the World Series and post- season play; Taking The Field: The 19th Century, the first renovated portion of the historical timeline which includes period-style wallpaper, furniture and music, as well as interactive computer technology; and a new exhibit about modern day baseball called Today’s Game, featuring items from recent history of each of the 30 major league clubs. By mid-June, a new exhibit on the ballpark experience will be captured in a new interpretation called Sacred Ground. Other new exhibits are also being planned for the next two years.

“America’s Most Perfect Village”

Along with its many attractions, the rural-American authenticity of Cooperstown remains its greatest attribute. Its location, slightly off the beaten track in the farmland of upstate New York, has helped to preserve not just a village and its history, but also a way of life.

A convenient getaway distance from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other Northeastern and mid-Atlantic cities, Cooperstown is easily accessible by car, rail and air.

For general information on the Village of Cooperstown, including a free color brochure, travel directions and lodging options, call (888) 875-2969 or visit http://www.cooperstowngetaway.org/ .

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