Basketball Hall of Fame
Basketball Hall of Fame
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Located in the town where basketball was invented, this 48,000-square-foot museum has three levels of exhibits on the history and heroes of the game and gives visitors a chance to participate in skill contests.
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  • Aaron Ross
    148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, but could be better
    The Hall does a nice job of telling the history of the game and honoring its greats. There are a lot of old artifacts, and there are displays honoring various key contributors, groups, and even superfans. The hall of honor is unique among the Hall of Fame of the major sports, as it has a wall with the names of all inductees in order of when they were inducted, and several huge touchscreens where you can select an inductee to read or watch more about out them (there is video for more recent players). And, of course, the tour ends with a big court where you are invited to shoot around. For an asthetic perspective, it is strange both that the Hall sits right on route 91 (unless the baseball HOF which is in a remote town, or even the football HOF which occupies its own huge tract of land), and that it is built into a mini-mall. Kind of takes away from the mystique of what a HOF should be. From a content perspective, it is hard to tell who is eligible to be inducted. No one is here strictly for their college performance, but several college coaches are inducted. Some international stars are inducted, but it is hard to know why they are and others are not. I suppose all of that keeps people chattering, which is ultimately good for business.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Brandon W
    Columbus, Indiana62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must go to once in your life to see and learn the history of basketball
    Very much enjoyed my time here learning the history of basketball. Got to see memorabilia from over the years. Championship rings to trophies. Perfect place to take your family to shoot around at the end of the tour. Prices are also reasonable for souvenirs
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 31 October 2023
  • ThoughtsofRS
    Hagerstown, Maryland2,004 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good but
    The basketball hall of fame doesn’t look like more than a mall in any town USA but it was surprisingly easy to move in, and the court is a great touch for fans to feel the sport. The HOF is fresh and interactive but I wish the inductees had a physical presence there like Cooperstown’s plaques and Canton’s busts. They have their place but in digital form, which is fine but I still wish there were more. The gift shop was nice but overpriced and didn’t have a lot of items for teams and inductees. Worth the trip
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, Vermont1,912 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Naismith basketball hall of fame
    As a basketball fan. It is a dream to be where the basketball was founded and to be at the “hall of fame” museum. Here are my inputs. They have a website: hoophall.com for further info. They said it never happened they ran out of tickets so walk in is always fine. There is a reasonable entrance fee: $29 for adults $25 for 65 and above and students then $20 for 5-15. 0-4 are free. It is NOT a stroller friendly place. If you have a lot of time then it is worth to read and see the history and memorabilia of players. The basketball court gives it a final touch to enjoy for the kids, it is not the official size but the 3-pt lane and ring is. It is a family friendly place but as i noticed not much of a stroller friendly due to some steps. There are food stall outside to choose from. Parking is very ample. Bathrooms are clean and maintained. Gift shop is available. And there is also a hotel nearby to stay(just book ahead they usually get full). They accept credit/debit. Will definitely bring my father, mother and brother here again.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Tawnya W
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    This place is a MUST SEE!! If you LOVE BB you'll Love this place. Lots to see so make sure you save a few hours out of your day to get through it all. Take lots of pics. And short movies to watch about the game. We had a blast.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Michie1291
    Greenfield, Massachusetts5,857 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Has It Been Awhile Since You’ve Been Here? Go Again!
    It’s been a few years since I visited the Basketball Hall of Fame. A friend of mine wanted to go. I initially thought…Okay, I’ve done this already, but I guess I can go again. Whoa! This is a totally different experience. They have spent a good amount of thought, time, and money redesigning, revamping, and reinventing the space. You could spend 30 minutes just in the lobby area before you even purchase your ticket. They have reconfigured the flow of all of the floors making it much easier to walk around when large groups of people are there and have many brand new displays that I had never seen. The area dedicated to Kobe Bryant was powerful. Everything about being there makes you want to play basketball. Of course, the bottom floor gives you an opportunity to shoot plenty of hoops if the spirit moves you. We spent about two hours walking through and also got a chance to catch the video downstairs. Really inspiring. Great stuff. I managed to visit the gift shop and left with a travel mug and a t-shirt.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 January 2024
  • DTLL1
    New York City, New York2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Basketball Utopia!!
    It was my husband's birthday and he is a basketball fanatic. We had a great time, and learned some new things. He especially enjoyed shooting around in the gym. Overall great experience and would recommend to everyone. Thank you for having us!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • fnaturtles
    Fairbank, Iowa59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must!
    Out of football, baseball, and basketball hall of fames, this was the best. The outside is a little sketchy being part of a strip mall. The other museums have a really nice entrance. This museum is the most hands on and best one of the three.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2024
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Cindy C
Chicopee, MA36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I been living in Massachusetts for 6 years. In year one,I visited the Basketball Hall of Fame with my parents because my mother was a very big basketball fan. There were plenty of interactive exhibits and I enjoyed it. Fast forward to this year. I invited my brother and my nephew who live in New York and they are huge basketball fans. My brother and I paid almost $30 apiece and my nephew's tickets was almost $20. All of the interactive exhibits weren't ready yet and basically we walked around and read the exhibits and looked at Jerseys which my nephew said you can go to the NBA store in New York and do that same thing for free. The both Took part in the gym heart and played basketball with the people down there. My brother on his Instagram and Facebook was telling his over 1000 followers never to go and it was kind of embarrassing.
Written 17 August 2020
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Kathleen G
Riverton, NJ28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We visit Massachusetts regularly and have visited the Naismith Basketball HOF several times as my husband and young adult sons love basketball. We were excited to see the new renovations this summer but hesitant to visit due to Covid-19 concerns. We read up on the safety protocols they had introduced and they seemed well thought out and thorough, so we decided to go ahead and visit (on a weekday with minimal crowds). Overall we were very impressed with the staff’s sanitation steps and felt very comfortable in the museum. Everyone was wearing masks. We observed regular cleaning being done and sufficient staff overseeing the efforts. Many of the new displays were touch screen but we used the styluses they provided and were good to go. The new displays are great and the final room with the inductees was well done. While we missed the original circle this modern update with video screens was very well done. The court of dreams was also handled with safety in mind and each ball was sanitized for its user. I commend the HOF for handling their Covid protocols so well and hope folks will visit soon to enjoy the updated museum! I would note we also enjoyed outdoor dining at Max’s Tavern which was also well organized for Covid (and delicious).
Written 29 July 2020
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dmbia
Iowa283 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I've been to other sports halls of fame, and I found both the baseball and hockey halls far superior to this. The museum seemed pretty superficial, the hall of fame itself looked more tacky than those where other sports enshrine their honorees, and the gift shop was crazy expensive.

It seemed kind of odd, given that they'd specifically located it in Springfield, that there was remarkably little about the history of the sport--its origin and its development over time.

My feeling was that they went out of their way to make this kid friendly (and the gym where kids can play is a nice touch), but they forgot about adult fans. I'll likely go back to Cooperstown and Toronto at some point (and I'd also like to get to Canton), but I don't plan to head back to the basketball hall of fame. Of the many things I did in Springfield, this was easily the biggest disappointment.
Written 4 August 2022
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dustarm20
Mount Washington, KY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Had tickets to the Class of 2020 HOF induction ceremony (my wife's favorite player ever is Tim Duncan) but when it was rescheduled, we couldn't make that date so we had to make a trip to Springfield whenever we could. This is a really cool place. There are a lot of interactive exhibits and memorabilia displays. The room with all of the inductees was very interesting. They give you a stylus pen, which you get to keep, to use for the interactive exhibits. The museum store was a little scant on products and apparel in the most popular sizes (didn't have many mediums or larges in anything) but they were waiting for stuff to come in which is not uncommon right now. The 10-minute movie in the theater behind the front desk was interesting.
Written 20 July 2021
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jptruck
Boston, MA320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Our boys really enjoyed seeing all the sneakers worn by some of their favorite players. My wife and I learned a lot about many players we didn't know, and we all learned about how basketball was invented.

My favorite exhibit was the Hall of Honor, which offered 4 video stations where you could read about and watch video clips featuring whatever hall of famer you chose. On a somewhat crowded Sunday visit, this particular area felt roomy and relaxing, with enough stations to handle the foot traffic.

Personally, my favorite artifact on display was an original 24 second shot clock. The many different hand-lettered basketballs, each dedicated to a special player or coach who achieved a certain number of points, wins, or in the case of John Stockton, steels, were really neat to see.

There is a news desk in one gallery where you can sit behind the TNT Sports desk and see yourself on screen and then there's the really cool natural soundtrack of other museum guests playing basketball in the center court that is the hub of all the exhibits. It's like you're always hearing basketballs dribbling in the background.

The museum is in very good condition, clean, and easy to get around.

If you're traveling with kids, I recommend stopping halfway through your visit to get lunch at one of the restaurants onsite.
Written 20 February 2023
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Scott C
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My family visited Massachusetts in August 2020. While there we thought we should visit the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Although it was interesting, it is way, way overpriced for what there is and what is showcased. They didn't even have a NBA trophy display. In my opinion, the NBA should be embarassed about this building, it lookks like it's in a strip mall. There's a subway restaurant in the same building, a local radio station and other businesses. My son loved it, but he's a huge basketball fan. The gift shop is surprisingly well priced, not overly expensive.
Written 12 August 2020
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Tina M
123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We visited in April 2022 with a 16 and 15 year old. It’s not interactive enough and there’s no video to talk about the history of basketball. I imagined walking through basketball through the years, start with the early years, go into the 70-80’s talk about about the big match ups, dunk contest etc. No, it’s mostly memorabilia. How many signed jerseys and sneakers can 1 person see. I learned more on Wikipedia than here.
Written 16 April 2022
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Michie1291
Greenfield, MA5 857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It’s been a few years since I visited the Basketball Hall of Fame. A friend of mine wanted to go. I initially thought…Okay, I’ve done this already, but I guess I can go again. Whoa! This is a totally different experience. They have spent a good amount of thought, time, and money redesigning, revamping, and reinventing the space. You could spend 30 minutes just in the lobby area before you even purchase your ticket. They have reconfigured the flow of all of the floors making it much easier to walk around when large groups of people are there and have many brand new displays that I had never seen. The area dedicated to Kobe Bryant was powerful. Everything about being there makes you want to play basketball. Of course, the bottom floor gives you an opportunity to shoot plenty of hoops if the spirit moves you. We spent about two hours walking through and also got a chance to catch the video downstairs. Really inspiring. Great stuff. I managed to visit the gift shop and left with a travel mug and a t-shirt.
Written 7 January 2024
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William W
North Carolina 134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very nice, pleasant experience. I thought there would be more exhibits and history devoted to all of the inductees, particularly so many of the historical greats who helped shape the game . Still, I enjoyed my visit very much and managed to spend several hours. I think the touch screen, electronic exhibits are a nice touch and I think particularly appeal to younger audience. The basketball court in the center of the museum, where kids of all ages can take a ball and play on the court, is a great touch.
Written 28 August 2021
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Rhonda B
368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
If you've got people in your life who love basketball, this is a MUST DO. It is a mix of college and NBA. There is great representation from NBA and WNBA too.

If you have anyone who is current or retired military, you get in free and a discounted price for family. Much appreciated!
Written 5 May 2021
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