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“Basketball Hall of Fame”

Basketball Hall of Fame
Ranked #5 of 44 things to do in Springfield
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Owner description: Located in the town where basketball was invented, this 48,000-square-foot museum has three levels of exhibits on the history and heroes of the game and gives visitors a chance to participate in skill contests.
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Absolutely amazing. Had a great time there. Covers all aspects of basketball NBA, WBNA, NCAA, Olympics and so much more.

Thank Stephanie B
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the Basketball Hall of Fame on our way to Boston. My 9 year old really enjoyed it. The top floor is mainly basketball memorabilia. The second floor had a few interactive stations such as virtual basketball. The first floor was my son’s favorite. They had hoops in all different sizes and a slam dunk station. I would recommend this place to basketball fans, families with tweens and teens. It is a bit on the pricier side at $25 for adults and $15 for older kids. Anyone interested in visiting should check if they can get the groupon deal.

Thank LunaWanderlust
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

a nice visit it was very exciting for my relatives who love the sport of basketball. the auto biography of DR. J WAS FANTASTIC . The people were friendly.

Thank Stephen P
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Review from the perspective of 2 adult college basketball fans, visiting on a Friday afternoon in November.

Scheduled a stop here as a break between driving from New York to Vermont. We didn't really know what to expect. When we pulled up, I was very surprised to see it located in what appeared to be a strip mall. Liked the unique basketball shape of the center of the building. Went in to buy tickets and were told the 1st floor was closed for a private event, so admission would be 1/2 price. Was pleased by that, especially as it seemed the first floor only contained a playing court (no interest) and an exhibit on the evolution of the basketball net. I do think that part would have been interesting to see, but since not seeing it knocked the ticket price down from $24 to $12, I was OK skipping it.

After buying tickets we were directed to the elevator (visitors start on the 3rd floor and work their way down). An employee standing near the elevator asked if we wanted our picture taken, but was not pushy when we politely turned the offer down.

There is a voice-over in the elevator as you ride up. It startled us a bit when it started. :)

Top/ third floor - most informative - timeline of the development of the game and headshots of the inductees. As others mentioned, the headshots are on the dome, and angle of looking up at them can hurt your neck after a bit. Tip - when you exit the elevator, turn right to work your way around chronologically. We turned left, and were following the timeline in reverse. Lots of reading on the third floor, with a few artifacts to break of the monotony; also a few videos, or a few monitors playing the same video - I didn't watch any long enough to be able to tell. As the floor is a ring around an opening down to the first floor, we were able to hear some of the speeches taking place at the private event; somewhat distracting (and maybe another reason for the 1/2 price tickets), but not overly so. We walked down to the second floor when we were done walking the loop on the third floor. Not sure if you are able to take the elevator back down or not, but I assume you could.

Second floor - we had the most fun here - mix of interactive exhibits, greater number of artifacts, but still some historical info. As someone else mentioned, "Rising Stars" included quite a few players who are now in the NBA, so time to update that exhibit. One whole room on the teams in the MAAC conference, which we found a little strange. Of all the college basketball conferences, why highlight MAAC? Unless that's a rotating exhibit that they change every few months or so to highlight different conferences? Just seemed odd. Enjoyed the interactive exhibits, the cases with the jerseys, and the exhibit on the coaches best. We also enjoyed seeing how our height compared to some of the greats of the game. When done, we walked down to the first floor and out through the gift shop.

First floor - private event was over by the time we reached the first floor, but it was still closed to visitors. With the basketball court, this might be the floor most kids would find fun and spend the most time on.

Gift shop - mostly HoF branded merchandise. We took a quick look, but didn't buy anything. Prices seemed in line with gift shops, i.e. too expensive for what you get.

Overall - liked the mix of NBA, college basketball, high school basketball, media participants. Got an unexpected laugh in the bathroom to see that the hand dryers are decorated to be basketballs (do not go just for this - you can see pictures in some of the reviews :) ) Am glad we went, and wouldn't mind going a second time, but not at the $24 price.

Thank smm628
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

I visited the Baseball Hall of Fame during the same trip and, even though I'm a huge baseball fan, found this to be the more interesting museum. There are many interactive activities to complement the exhibits (because, really, how many size 22 basketball shoes do you you need to see), and there is plenty of space to maneuver through the museum without feeling crowded. I really enjoyed the various short films interspersed throughout the hall of fame area that provided the history of basketball through the decades -- I just wish they'd played on bigger screens.

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