Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton
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See memorabilia from and immerse yourself in the history of one of America's favorite games at Pro Football Hall of Fame. The museum depicts the National Football League's rise to global fame, but it also represents other significant groups, such as the American Football League and Canadian Football League. A bust of each Hall of Famer is accompanied by an interactive exhibit of his career achievements. Look for the museum's rich collection of original jerseys, game balls, and Super Bowl rings. Relive memorable plays or whole Super Bowl games via video presentations. No more than seven people are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame each year. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Canton holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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This is was our second visit in two years. We spent 6+ hours and still had more to see. The new experience with Joe Namath was excellent. The Super Bowl theater is a must see (we watched it twice). Gr... read more »
Wide variety of exhibits, movies and interactive displays. Learned a lot about the history of football.
Our visit exceeded our expectations. Very informative about both the history of the game and current play. Very well organized. lots of interactive exhibits as well as old artifacts. We spent four hou... read more »
These people host one NFL game a year and can't get the field right. They should be ashamed of themselves. Football is sacred to me. The Pro Football Hall Of Fame was somewhat of a disappointment. The facility seemed dated. I expected it to feature cutting edge technology. It wasn't very hands on or interactive. I wish they had more about other pro leagues besides the NFL. The gift shop did not impress me and their bathrooms were nasty. The NFL, NFL Films and NFL Network really need to embrace this place and drag them into the '90s.
This was our second time visiting the HoF. I'll break down my review by sections as some parts of the HoF are 5-star, others not so much. 0 stars - Parking - $10 to park on a Sunday?!?! Overflow lot required stairs and a walk in direct sunlight. At least cover the walkway.... 2 stars - Fan Photo - We've been to other places where you stand in front of a green screen and then get to pick the photo(s) and your background(s) from a screen before they print. Here they print on a few different backgrounds and have you choose. Bad angle and only 1 pic made it difficult to buy. Also a waste of photo paper. 0 stars - The cafe - I really wouldn't use that term for it but that's what they call it. Closed at 3 on Sunday....not mentioned anywhere but on the door. 5 stars - Trading Card area - This is new since our last visit and very cool. I liked reading the history of trading cards and seeing some of our favorite players' rookie cards. Also enjoyed reading bits of trivia along the way through the section. 4 stars - The first floor displays - Some of these were new since our last visit. There was a bit of a crowd which made walking around and interacting with the displays difficult. Also, some of the videos weren't working. 5 stars - The Lombardi Trophy room (2nd floor) - Next year's trophy already on display. It's in a case but you get to stand next to it and take photos. That is super cool. 5 stars - The Hall of Fame itself - Walking around and seeing all those who have been enshrined and interacting with the video display to watch clips, read stats, read profiles and favorite moments of the players was neat. It would've been great if they had the same for the coaches. 5 stars - The Game of Life theater - 3D Joe Namath and some of the best quotes from famous coaches and players via clips. Lombardi and Halas in 3D at the end as well. 5 stars - Super Bowl theater - I'm a Carolina Panthers fan, so watching the replay of Super Bowl 50 was painful. Peyton Manning shows himself to be a class act even under pressure, making the Panthers' QB look like a kid by comparison. Luke was the Panthers' star in this film - LUUUUUUUKE! 5 stars - The Rings - Looking at the different rings and reading the stats on who created them, how many carats and the designs - awesome. 2 stars - The Gift Shop - Again, I'm a Panthers' fan and as a woman, there were almost no items for women - no jewelry, no bags, not even an infinity scarf - BOO! Of course, we still managed to spend plenty of money (Hubby is a Cowboys fan) All in all, we spent almost 5 hours wandering around the HoF. We'll be back again. If you love the game and have a favorite team, one visit isn't enough.
Saturday, August 27th, 2016, I took a SPECIAL, 6.5 hours, 400 mile road trip with my brother and a friend to the National Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. We paid over $80 dollars in tolls just to get there. Boy-oh-boy....It was not what I had expected. I am not saying I wasn't glad to have been there, I was simply expecting a much higher level of organization, pomp and circumstance; surely, it was not that at all. I am not much of a football fan to a great respect. The trip was primarily a belated birthday surprise for my brother who turned 45 this past June. He is a huge Dolphins fan and a hardcore sports fanatic. It was either take him down South Florida to a game or go for a road trip to Canton and have him experience some fun times surrounded by memorabilia and other enthusiastic sports fans. I just wanted my brother to have a full 'Dolphins' experience. I did not care how much it cost, I wanted the experience for him to be memorable. Needless to say, he didn't get that. I imagined that because this is The National Football Hall of Fame, sanctioned by the NFL, established by the association since 1920, born and built on the grounds of historic Canton since 1952, that these folks would KNOW EXACTLY what football fans wanted to experience---the chance to celebrate their home team, their favorite American pastime and to worship their beloved heroes of the gridiron. My brother was excited at the anticipation of seeing everything Dolphins. What he got was bits of random images and artifacts that didn't leave him with the full scope of FOOTBALL, nevertheless his cherished team. I imagined there would be designated rooms specifically highlighting the super achievements of each team. Their stories would be told in historic, chronological images and anecdotes that would stir up immense pride and renewed fervor in every fan that took the time to converge and pay homage to the shrine they call football. I was expecting the same flow and energetic enthusiasm that one experiences at Comic-con, but alas, it wasn't the same. The place had no flow. The set-up and exhibits were random. The upper floor that immortalizes the hall of fame players in bust forms was dark and poorly lit. I did not feel a sense of history or pride or excitement or enthusiasm to see more, to know more. Everything was just plain random.... Never mind the exorbitant cost of admission plus parking plus the special 'tour' (I am not even gonna go into that). Did I mentioned the round-trip TOLL cost from PA to OH was over $80?!! I kept asking my brother if he was having a good time. He said 'yes'. I wanted to believe him. I know my brother. When it comes to football or the Dolphins, he gets very excited. He was more excited over his dinner at Bob Evans Restaurant. Like I said, I wanted to believe that my brother enjoyed himself. Would I recommend die-hard Eagles or Dolphins fans to make the trip to Ohio to visit the shrine? Sure. Why not. Just don't expect the experience to be what you'd think it would be. All in all, if I had to rate the National Football Hall of Fame from a scale of 1-5, I'd give it a 2.5. Frantz T
Awesome experience. Highly recommend. If your team won the previous Superbowl you will have an even better time because there is always a special video from the last one. (Note: they said it can take several weeks for the video to be produced so it probably changes around every March not immediately following the Superbowl.
Can't wait to come back, maybe when it's a little less crowded! Went for the 2016 HOF class and it was an awesome experience...up until the game was canceled of course. The museum is a must stop for any any football fans!
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