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The tour starts on the top floor in the hall of fame section of both players and coaches, note the basketball court too.
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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

1000 Hall Fame Avenue Springfield, MA 01105
Museum is generally open 10:00am-5:00pm all week.
413-781-6500 Half day
July 2014 All year
$10-29 Springfield Massachusetts
Website Educational History Museums
First review
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a museum which honors players, coaches, and others who made important contributions to the sport of basketball. While the facility is primarily a museum in nature, it also includes a hall of fame section, a full-size basketball court, interactive games, a large gift shop, and several restaurants. During summer there are special appearances by basketball greats as well as basketball related entertainment.

The hall opened in 1959 and was named in honor of James Naismith, who invented the sport here in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891. Initially the hall was located at Springfield College. It moved several times over the years to larger and more expansive facilities. The current building opened in 2002 and cost $47 million. The hall is easy to see from a nearby highway and has a distinctive curved roof and a soaring tower that appears to hold a basketball.

The third floor profiles hall of fame honorees. Anyone with even a passing interest in basketball will recognize many players and coaches. In addition to descriptions of their accomplishments, the hall of fame section includes selective memorabilia such as basketballs and jerseys. There are more profiles here than you will realistically have time to read, but you can get a decent perspective in an hour. The third floor overlooks a basketball court on the ground floor and the sound of basketballs was continuous on a Sunday morning. The second floor had a range of exhibits on basketball’s history and professional development, key players and teams, sport advancements and a number of fun games that will appeal to kids. There were also opportunities to play basketball on the main court. Ilze Luneau, a former female player from Latvia entertained people with a variety of basketball tricks as well. The movie theater is typically rented to a church on Sundays, and so it was not available to watch any of the films here that focus on great players. Try to avoid a Sunday visit if you can. Also, visiting on a weekday during the school year will enhance your experience if you are not into crowds. If you are a sports fan, a half day at this hall will be time very well spent, almost a must visit. For others, the museum will have less interest though and won’t be worth a steep $21 entrance fee.
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