Unparalleled exhibition of Baseball's Past and Present. Displays range from equipment from the first organized baseball leagues to a display of World series rings, to a ball from every modern era no-hitter, to Babe Ruth's uniform and bat, the list goes on and on. Also not to be missed is the Hall itself, with plaques for all inductees.
Take the chance to sit in chairs from stadiums since destroyed, explore exhibits on Women in Baseball, youth baseball. Don't miss the Negro Leagues display as well.
If staying in the area, you can get a combination ticket for the Hall, the Farmer's Museum, and the Fenimore art museum, good for up to one year.
For those who are not baseball bannanas there is something even better to do in Cooperstown.
The Glimmerglass opera http://glimmerglass.org/ has great opera all summer and for those on a budget free recitals by the young artist http://glimmerglass.org/young_artists.html
I've attended many of the operas and even more recitals - they are great.
A fatasice museum of baseball in AMerica. The room where the players are enshrined is remarkable. The museum does a wonderful job with the memoribilia, and I especially enjoyed seeing all of the programs from World Series past.
Doubleday Field is said to be the birthplace of Baseball in the USA. It is nestled in the middle of the village and beyond the outfield fences are Cooperstown backyards. The neighbors get a free treat and watch the game from the rooftops or back porches. Doubleday Field hosts an average of 325 games per playing season. It seats approximately 9,000 and is home to the annual Hall of Fame game. The two major league Baseball Teams that are honored each year to play on the Doubleday Field, usually put on a pre-game home run derby, that showers the local houses with souvenirs.
There are no concession stands in the park, nor lights.
Doubleday Field's history starts with the Mills Commission, which was appointed in 1905 to determine the origins of baseball. Though the committee considered much evidence, the testimony of Abner Graves in support of Abner Doubleday, figured prominently. Both Graves and Doubleday had attended school together in Cooperstown. In letters to the committee, Graves claimed to have been present when Doubleday made changes to a local version of "town ball."
The Farmers' Museum will take you back in time to the rural life of the mid-1800s, when blacksmiths, printers, broom makers, weavers, and other craftspeople plied their trades. See rare, heritage breeds of farm animals, try your hand at traditional crafts and listen to music as it sounded one hundred years ago. Children will enjoy the hands-on activities and special events. Start at the Main Barn for a view of current exhibitions and weaving demonstrations. Then stroll the Village—a collection of authentic buildings that recreate a rural hamlet, circa 1845—and visit the Seneca Log House for a unique look at Native American Life. Stop at the American Paper-Staining Manufactory to watch wallpaper being made by hand on the only block press of its kind in North America.Shop at Todd's General Store and The Farmers' Museum Shop for unique crafts, books and more. Stop at The Herder's Cottage Restaurant for a tasty meal or snack.
Don't miss The Fenimore Art Museum with its spectacular American Indian Wing. Displayed in elegant buildings overlooking Otsego Lake, the Museum collections are remarkable both for their breathtaking beauty and for the glimpse they give us of life in earlier times. Wonderful folk art, Hudson River landscapes, James Fenimore Cooper memorabilia, and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Don't miss the multi-media show in the auditorium, the carefully-stocked museum shop, or Fenimore Café with terrace-garden seating and panoramic view of Otsego Lake.
Each summer, the Glimmerglass Opera, located just north of Cooperstown, creates four new productions, mixing exciting new versions of traditional operas with daring interpretations of rarely produced works. All operas are presented with projected titles in English.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year-round, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Off-Season Hours (Current)
Daily, 9 AM to 5 PM
From the day after Labor Day through the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend.
Daily, 9 AM to 9 PM
From Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Monday.
Senior Citizens and members of veterans organizations $9.50
Children (ages 7-12) $5.00
Children (under 7) Free
The Hall of Fame and Museum contains a 4,000-square foot Museum Store operated by the Hall of Fame. The store carries official Museum merchandise, collectibles, and souvenirs, and is open during regular Museum hours. The Museum Store accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express, as well money orders. The Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution, and sales in the Museum Store help support the Museum's mission.
Located on Main Street, the Baseball Hall of Fame officially opened its doors on June 12, 1939. Cooperstown represents a step back in time, with buildings dating to the early 19th century and orange geraniums hanging from classically-styled streetlights. More than 350,000 people travel to the Village each year to pay tribute to our National Pastime by visiting the Hall of Fame, an institution which honors excellence, preserves history and connects generations.
Representing all aspects of Baseball - both on the field and in our culture - the Museum collections total 35,000 three-dimensional artifacts (including bats, balls, gloves, caps, helmets, uniforms, shoes, trophies and awards) and 130,000 baseball cards. All artifacts in the Museum's collections have been donated.
Founded in 1939 as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the National Baseball Library is by far the largest repository of baseball information in the world.
The Hall of Fame Library contains 2.6 million items, housed in climate-controlled areas and maintained by a professional staff using state-of-the-art archival techniques. The photo collection contains more than 500,000 historic images of players, teams, ballparks and other baseball subjects. In addition, the Library's film, video and recorded sound archive contains more than 10,000 hours of footage dating back to the late 19th century, including an extensive collection of Hollywood movies featuring baseball.
Although this is techinically in Fly Creek (hence the name!), Fly Creek is a blink-and-you-miss-it town about 5 minutes outside of Cooperstown. This is a working cider mill, but that's only a minor portion of what they do there. They have a ton of food like salsas, jams, pumpkin and apple butter, dips, etc. All of it is available for tasting. They also have apples (go figure!), cheese, hard and regular cider, fudge, etc. The best, though, are the cider donuts that they serve hot!! :)
Outside, check out the animals. You can feed the geese, ducks, turkeys, and chickens.
This was an exciting moment for us Boston Red Sox fans....seeing the "World Series 2005" Trophy in the Cooperstown Home Game Parade.
Also fun to see all the "key" Red Sox players in the Trolley Cars......Big Mike Ortiz and Johnny Damon are my favorite, and my daughter loves Jason Varitec also.
AND.....David Ortiz on the far right!!!
Well.....how can you not love Johnny Damon, he is such a people person and goes out of his way to enjoy his fans and give them a good time.
All during the "Home Game at DoubleDay Field" against the Detroit Tigers, he would play pass in the outfield with the fans. They loved it.
He also gave his shirt to a five year old boy......now I know he was playing it up a bit....but that is what "Baseball" is all about....THE FANS.......it was a great day!!!
Hurray.............for the Boston Red Sox, when you are an old fan......and have watched and weeped for so long. You have no idea what a thrill it was to see them win the 2005 World Series and then to see them celebrate and be honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Home of Baseball.
This is a view of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Double Day Park where we attended the 2005 Hall of Fame Game with the World Series winners the RED SOX playing against the DETROIT Tigers, strange enough the Tigers won,.....but the highlight of the day was the "Homerun Derby" in which several players from each team are given a chance to hit 10 balls each for a homerun out of the park.....well needless to say "Big Pappa" Dave Ortiz hit a many and set the record. Several flew straight over our heads. One ball which everyone in my area tried to catch and one actually hit my husbands glove only to be fooled because a net was around it swooped by a young fellow behind us. "Spitting mad" we were until, we started receivng a "United Press" Photo of it from several different newspapers all over the US. So it was worth the loss of the ball. I think!!!!!
In addition to building the Otesaga Resort Hotel, Edward Severin Clark, the 6th son of Edward Clark, also built a mansion in Cooperstown that eventually became the Fenimore Art Museaum.
Located on the shore of Lake Otesago, and within easy walking distance of the Resort Hotel, this Georgian-style building houses a renowned collection of fine, folk, decorative and American Indian art that presents the life-style of the formative 18th and 19th century years of this part of America.