Missouri Museum Madness: Sports

Spotlighting everything from professional baseball to archery, sports museums in the Show-Me State offer a variety of experiences for guests to enjoy.

Your sports-themed adventure might include a ride in a NASCAR simulator or taking a chance on making the game-winning basket.

So where can you get your sports fix in Missouri? Read on to learn more.

College Basketball Experience; Kansas City

College Basketball Experience, Kansas City

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is just part of the fun at the College Basketball Experience, where you can participate in a variety of interactive activities … and work on your jumper. Located inside the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Springfield

Missouri’s sports legends are enshrined at this Hall of Fame, where guests can see what it’s like to face a big-league pitcher, ride in a race car and call the action from the media booth.

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame; Ball Park Village in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame; Ball Park Village in downtown St. Louis.

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame at Ballpark Village

The history of one of baseball’s top franchises is chronicled at this modern facility, which is across the street from Busch Stadium. Read about Cardinal greats, see memorabilia and get an up-close look at the Cardinals 11 World Series championship trophies.

The Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame at Kauffman Stadium

The Royals returned to glory by winning the World Series in 2015, and you can learn more about the history of the franchise at this museum, which is part of the Outfield Experience at Kauffman Stadium. Game-used gear, memorabilia, and details about great players and games are part of the fun.

Negro League Museum; Kansas City
Negro League Baseball Museum; Kansas City

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City

One of Missouri’s true gems, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, in the city’s historic 18th and Vine District, chronicles teams and players who were denied the right to play Major League Baseball before it was integrated by Jackie Robinson in 1947. Stories about greats such as Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and Kansas City’s own Buck O’Neil will inspire you.

Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Springfield

Inside Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, this museum pays tribute to men and women who have made lasting contributions to the sport of archery, along with about 1,500 artifacts. The 72-person Hall of Fame includes the likes of Fred Bear, considered by many to be the father of modern bow-hunting.

National Sporting Arms Museum, Springfield

More than 1,000 firearms, including those used in movies and by presidents, are on display at this modern museum inside Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Exhibits include items from the 1600s through today. Among the highlights is a multi-million-dollar collection of U.S. military firearms.

When it comes to sports-minded museums, Missouri has plenty to offer. Whether you excelled in sports or always were picked last for dodgeball in P.E., you win when visiting these Show-Me State museums. Learn more at VisitMO.com.

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