Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley Sights

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

  • 1000 W. Columbus Ave. Map It
  • Springfield
  • Sports Venue
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Along the banks of the Connecticut River, this 80,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to Canadian phys-ed instructor, Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game here in 1891 during his five years at Springfield's YMCA Training Center. It includes a soaring domed arena where you can practice jumpers, walls of inspirational quotes, dozens of interactive exhibits, and video footage and interviews with former players. The Honors Rings pay tribute to the hall's nearly 300 enshrinees. It's easy to find—just look for the 15-story spire with an illuminated basketball on top.

Sight Information


1000 W. Columbus Ave., Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105, United States

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413-781–6500; 877-446–6752


Sight Details:

  • $20
  • Sun.–Fri. 10–4, Sat. 10–5

Published 07/22/2015


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