A night at the museum?

December 2, 2015

More like a couple of days.

Coming in early 2016, fans can get a unique look at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown with two new “experiences.”

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The Custom Tour Experience and Collection Care and Conservation Workshop will offer behind-the-scenes access and educational opportunities for Museum visitors in the coming year. Participants will have the chance to view artifacts that are not currently on exhibit, while learning more about the careful work that Hall of Fame staff members perform every day to ensure that these baseball relics can be enjoyed for generations to come.

The Custom Tour Experience leads things off with curated programs that connect fans to their favorite teams. Participants will enjoy a personalized visit focusing on artifacts from their favorite club not currently on display, along with a special team-focused guided tour of the Museum. The Custom Tour Experience will be offered for a limited-time only in January and February on Mondays through Fridays for up to four participants.

Following on March 14-15 will be the inaugural Collection Care and Conservation Workshop, a program that offers both exclusive access to the Hall of Fame collection and an enriching look at how Museum staffers care for cherished baseball artifacts. The workshop includes an artifact spotlight featuring several items from the Museum Collection — home to thousands of authentic three-dimensional items including balls, bats, uniforms, equipment and trophies — and a tour of the Library Archive that contains hundreds of thousands of photographs and historic documents, along with more than 14,000 hours of recorded media.

Two unique seminars, in which participants can learn how artifacts are properly stored and preserved, will follow the tours. The seminars hosted by the Hall of Fame’s staff charged with caring for the Museum Collection and Library Archive will give participants a better understanding of how to care for their personal baseball collection, including equipment, autographs and photographs. Topping off this unforgettable two-day experience is a private catered dinner in the Hall of Fame’s iconic Plaque Gallery.

Available for purchase exclusively through select Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce accommodations, these two programs offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences and make for a great get-away for individuals, couples and families, or a unique holiday gift for a special baseball fan in your life. Click here for a list of local accommodations, visit  or contact the Membership department at 607-547-0397 or membership@baseballhall.org.

Each package includes a Hall of Fame Sustaining Membership, valued at $100 value. Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receive free admission to the Museum, as well as access to exclusive programs, such as the Voices of the Game series. Additionally, members receive a subscription to the Hall of Fame’s bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, the annual Hall of Fame Yearbook and Almanac and a 10% discount and free shipping on retail purchases. For information on becoming a member, visit baseballhall.org or call 607-547-0397.

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