When in Massachusetts, Be Sure to Visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame—located in “The Birthplace of Basketball,” Springfield, Massachusetts—is a must-see for lifelong basketball fans. Perfect for fans of all ages, the three-story spherical Basketball Hall of Fame, has 35,000 square feet of exhibit space for basketball memorabilia, interactive kiosks with Hall of Famer data and trivia, three theaters, and a Hall of Fame museum gift shop.

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The real highlights are the full-size “Center Court”—where you can shoot and pass the ball—and the second floor’s high-tech experimental attractions that measure your vertical leap, allow you to sit in the broadcaster’s seat, coach a team to victory, and play a game of “Virtual Hoops.”

If you’re visiting during the summer, the museum has a “60 Days of Summer” event, which offers 60 consecutive days of family-oriented interactive museum programming throughout July and August. During this event, there are various appearances, autograph signings, magicians, trick dribblers and jugglers, mascot days, and giveaway days—which are all free-of-charge to museum guests.

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located at 1000 West Columbus Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. The museum is open Sunday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Starting on Monday, October 19, the museum will be closed on Monday and Thursdays.

Tickets for adults are $28; $23 for seniors; youth $19; students $23; and free for children under five.