One of the most underrated tourist attractions for baseball fans and collectors has its facelift.
It’s two experiences in one, really. The Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum is one part working business and another part history.
On one side of the building, you can see actual Major League bats being made nearly every day. On the other side, the game’s history comes to life with various exhibits. Not much had changed through the years, so the Museum underwent a bit of a facelift this year. The grand re-opening took place Tuesday with local politicians on hand to cut the ribbon.
Some game-used bats are part of the new look.
“After more than 2.25 million visitors in just over a decade, our dynamic new interpretive experience will keep Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory on top of its game in a playful environment that engages visitors with Louisville Slugger’s extraordinary role in baseball’s past, present and future,” said Museum Executive Director Ann Jewell.
A museum team conducted intense research and benchmarking for several years. Hundreds of guests were interviewed and surveyed about their impressions of the museum and factory experience. Their feedback became the basis for the renovation. The planning team also visited a number of other attractions for ideas and inspiration.
The highlights of the Museum’s new look include:
• Hold A Piece of History: Visitors will be able to hold Louisville Slugger bats
actually used by baseball greats like Mickey Mantle, David Ortiz, Rod Carew
and Jim Thome. Different player bats will be rotated into the line-up of
• Grandpa Bud’s Attic: Fans will go on a “treasure hunt” to unlock and uncover
significant memorabilia. Grandpa Bud is Bud Hillerich, who made the first
Louisville Slugger bat in 1884. This interactive “attic” will house historic contracts
signed by Major League players, bats, unique photographs and other pieces of baseball memorabilia.
• A new and more prominent exhibit for the Louisville Slugger bat Babe Ruth
notched for every home run he hit with it and a more in-depth look at the
story behind it.
• An exhibit featuring the Louisville Slugger bat used by Joe DiMaggio during his
56 consecutive game hitting streak in 1941. This significant piece has never been
displayed for the public. Louisville Slugger acquired it several years ago.
•Life-sized mannequins of baseball greats Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and Ken Griffey, Jr.
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