If you’re heading to see the sights in Philadelphia or take in a sporting event in the not too distant future, you’ll be able to check out a world class sports sports collection, too.
Once more sponsors are found, the Museum of Sports will be constructed inside 25,000 square feet of space within the Jetro Building near Lincoln Financial Field.
It’s a non-profit project led by former Governor Ed Rendell, sports executive Lou Scheinfeld, long-time sports collector Dr. Nicholas DePace and Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions.
Much of the memorabilia on display will come from DiPace’s world class collection of memorabilia. He opened the DePace Sports Museum in New Jersey in 2015, but the site in Philadelphia should offer a wider audience.
The museum will have a bit of a Philadelphia flair but it’ll be more along the lines of a national sports museum with the four major sports represented.
“It’s a bigger venue and in the heart of all the sports complex,” DePace told NJ.com. “A big density of people can be exposed to this. They don’t have to go to Cooperstown or Canton. We’re going to have everything in one place.”
It won’t be just a collection of old memorabilia though. Plans are to make the $8 million project something more special.
“We have to have a lot of vibrant, exciting exhibits where you actually get in the action. I mean, when you walk in you’re going to smell popcorn. You’re going to hear the crowd,” said Scheinfeld.
Learn more about the museum and what visitors can expect to see from DePace’s collection here.