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Sports Museum of America
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$16, $13 students and seniors 65 and over, $9 children, 6-16; free for children under 6
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With a board of trustees that includes Lance Armstrong and Jason Kidd, and artifacts like Joe Frazier’s robe from the night he knocked out Cassius Clay, the Sports Museum of America is something of a one-stop mega–hall of fame. Housed in the former Rockefeller Standard Oil Trust headquarters, the museum holds close to 800 objects, from Jimmie Johnson’s 2006 Nextel Cup car to the flag that Jim Craig draped over his shoulders after the Miracle on Ice game of the 1980 Winter Olympics—all with support from more than 50 museums, halls of fame, and sport associations. But the museum isn’t simply a collection of memorabilia from championship athletes. It’s meant as a cultural institution, and items like Jesse Owens’s diary from the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the golf club Alan Shepard used on the moon show how sports and society are intertwined. Then there’s the Billie Jean King International Women’s Sports Center—occupying one of the gallery spaces—which recognizes women’s contributions to sports. Along with the learning, there’s also fun to be had: Interactive games for kids, a chance to vote for the Heisman Trophy winner (the museum is the award’s permanent home), and a broadcast booth to add your play-by-play to historic moments.
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