Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield

(3.9/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Marvel at pioneers of the game and legends of the court at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which documents the sport's pivotal moments and finest players. Visit the museum and wander its extensive array of displays and exhibits dedicated to the history of basketball and the inductees honored within. You'll find information on timeless stars like Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd, as well as James Naismith, credited with inventing the sport itself. Be sure to swing by the gift shop afterwards to grab a commemorative photo, figurine, or merchandise from your favorite team. A visit to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Springfield holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This is why we came to Springfield. We have been to the Football and Hockey HOF and this ranks right up there. Tons of history and a fun few hours. If you are passing through, its a must visit!  more »
  • Great interaction Museum. You can shoot hoops, test your jumping ability, check your wingspan, compare your shoe size, see how your vertical jump measures, and many more activities.The history, the pi...  more »
  • Stopped on our way home from a basketball tournament with the team. Not crowded at all. Center court was closed for a AAU tournament but our girls liked watching them play. Would have liked to play on...  more »
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  • Everyone loves this place, but for little kids it's not too much interest, they had more fun playing basketball then reading about famous players. I would recommend this place for older guys who has big interest of basketball history.
  • Came here with the hubby as part of a 4th birthday sports bonanza. He loved it. We were there during their 60 days of summer and got to seeat one of basketball's greatest players ahead of the 2016 Hall of Fame induction. Easy to get to. AAA discount for admission. Legends from the very beginning of peach baskets and balls. Great experience for any sports fan. Some of the displays were closed and glass cases highly reflective making picture taking difficult.
  • Nice museum. If you like basketball then you'll probably enjoy learning bout history of sport and teams. A lot of reading and a few interactive exhibits
  • Visited the Hall many years ago. I guess they rebuilt the place because it was nothing like the place I first visited. First thing that caught me was its location. It's in some sort of plaza, with other businesses. This struck me as weird. The place is 3 stories high, with the HOF being located on the top floor with a domed roof which has pictures of the players. My wife has vertigo and this damned near took her out. the 2nd floor had the displays, some interactive. This was what I enjoyed most. They went over the history of the game, the great coaches, and even those who announced the game. Pretty interesting stuff. The ground floor is simply a place to shoot baskets, with different rims throughout the years. My kids loved this. The 2nd floor was set up like a press box so it was cool to watch my boys shooting hoops from this vantage point. I live near Cooperstown and the baseball HOF is like a shrine. Quite the museum. But for young kids, it's just a bunch of boring display of old gloves, uniforms and whatnot. My kids had a great time at the basketball HOF. It was definitely worth the trip and I hope we made a memory my kids will look back fondly on.
  • I'm not a basketball fan, so maybe that's why I feel this place gets more hype that it should. I visited the Hall of Fame during Middle School, and as an adult for an event and a career fair. I think the exhibits are okay. The gift shop is over priced. Basketball was invented in Springfield so if anything we should be proud of this achievement.