VisitingCooperstown, the Cooperstown, New York travel site.
Why the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is one of America's great cultural treasures
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo Credit:

Share this New England travel article with your friends

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is one of America's great cultural treasures

Whenever visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., the stay always goes into "extra innings" given the tremendously informative and entertaining presentations of America's pastime.

For those that make the pilgrimage, they know the special feeling of reliving the history of our greatest game in one of America's most beautiful and genuine communities, Cooperstown. Residing proudly on Cooperstown's Main Street in a stately large, three-story brick building with a newly-renovated, inviting outside entrance, the Hall of Fame's mission is to "relive the history of the National Pastime, through artifacts from historic records, to the plaques of the game's greatest players in the Hall of Fame Gallery," according to its literature.

Those promotional words become reality-based and ultimately three-dimensional when entering into baseball's most sacred building. The memorable and historical Hall of Fame Gallery -- where one can read plaques recognizing all the great players inducted into this illustrious museum -- is worth the price of admission alone. There is something unifying about the Hall as it seems like the faces on the plaques have come to life, embracing each others' accomplishments. It is a place to recognize the game's greatness and go back to childhood by reading the stats of your favorite players, wondering where, for adults, the time has gone from trading cards to trading stocks. The kids seem to love the mix of memorabilia and hands-on, interactive exhibits that further create a connection to a game that they already love.

Growing up in the Boston area, I still remember the glorious 1972 trip to Cooperstown. Visiting the Hall, looking at every nook and cranny of the building -- and coming back home with the biggest smile on my face and stories to tell my neighborhood friends -- was a real travel/baseball highlight in my childhood. On a deeply personal level, that Hall of Fame visit, and ensuing ones, have been just as mighty as the game itself!

That there are two more floors above is pure heaven for baseball fans, including "all-time leader" stat boards to stare at all day long, team histories brought to life in superb board presentations, and the hilarious movie clip of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First."

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum also has a fabulous gift shop, wonderful library and an appealing park area, perfect for a short stroll or yet another perspective on the stunning nearby Otsego Lake. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a must-see for the baseball fan or anyone with an interest in history. It is, simply, one of life's great joys.

Log onto the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for full information on this amazing travel attractions, including the annual late July Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

25 Main Street , Cooperstown, NY , Tel. (888) 425-5633
Click here for current National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum events

Please share this story with family and friends. Thank-you so much!

Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown NYThe Otesaga Resort Hotel

Grand, historic hotel in the Village of Cooperstown. Scenic Otsego Lake Views. Fabulous lakeside resort amenities. Memorable dining options. Easy walk to to National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and quaint, charming downtown. Reserve A Room At The Otesaga Resort Hotel

Cooperstown Marketplace


Featuring our latest Cooperstown travel insider's news updates and stories, discounts and coupons!

Stay connected with VisitingCooperstown at
Follow Cooperstown Fun on Twitter   Follow VisitingCooperstown on Facebook   Follow Me on Pinterest

Home | About us | The Village | Best things to do in Cooperstown | Otsego Lake | Countryside | Attractions | Lodging | Restaurants | Cooperstown photo gallery | Privacy statementWhat's new | Weather | Site map | Link to us | Contact us is dedicated to Linda Smirk,  a long-time Cooperstown resident who co-owned the Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast with husband John Smirk. She brought endless joy to our world, and we think about her every day with unconditional love.

Unless otherwise stated, all articles written and photos taken by Eric H. is a sister site of our flagship site,