Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley Travel Guide

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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

Published 07/14/2016

Fodor's Review

Along the banks of the Connecticut River, this 80,000-square-foot facility is named for Dr. James Naismith, the Canadian phys-ed instructor who invented the game of basketball in 1891 during his five years at Springfield's YMCA Training Center. High-profile players such as Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the NBA and Nancy Lieberman of the WNBA are among the nearly 300 enshrinees, but the hall celebrates the accomplishments of players, coaches, and others at all levels of the sport. In addition to displays chronicling basketball history, the hall has a soaring domed arena where you can practice jumpers, walls of inspirational quotes you can view, dozens of interactive exhibits, and video footage and interviews with former players. The hall is easy to find: look for the 15-story spire with an illuminated basketball on top.

Sight Information


1000 W. Columbus Ave., Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105, USA

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413-781–6500; 877-446–6752


Sight Details:

  • $22
  • Sun.–Fri. 10–4, Sat. 10–5

Published 07/14/2016


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