How to Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame

The Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York -- a small town that offers scenic beauty and points of interest separate from the museum. Learn how a visit to Cooperstown can be an ideal vacation.


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You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Lodging
  • Travel accommodations


  1. Step 1

    Decide how long you'll want to stay

    Decide how long you'll want to stay in Cooperstown. Note that a typical tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame takes three hours.

  2. Step 2

    Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame website

    Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame website. Find out the hours of operation and price of admission, as well as detailed driving directions.

  3. Step 3

    Learn about Hall of Fame exhibits at their website

    Learn about Hall of Fame exhibits at the website. The Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery is the museum's centerpiece.

  4. Plaques honor members including legends like Babe Ruth, Negro Leaguers, and selected baseball pioneers, managers, and umpires.

  5. Step 4

    Use Cooperstown's online lodging inquiry system

    Use the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce's online inquiry system for lodging availability according to your date of arrival and the number of days you will be staying.

  6. Step 5

    Book a personalized visit to the Museum

    Book a personalized visit to the Museum. Join the Hall of Fame Birthday Club to have a birthday celebration. The VIP Experience includes a behind-the-scenes tour.

  7. Extra Innings Overnight is a program where kids seven to 12 years old can spend the night in the Hall of Fame Gallery.

  8. Step 6

    Learn about non-baseball area attractions

    Learn about non-baseball area attractions, like the Catskill Game Farm petting zoo and antique railroads. Activities include hiking and biking in the mountains.

  9. Step 7

    Visit Cooperstown/Otsego County Tourism website

    Visit the Cooperstown/Otsego County Tourism website for info on restaurants and lodging, as well as ways to get there via car, air, and train.

  10. The claim that Civil War hero Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown in 1839 is a myth that was spread by others after Doubleday's death.