July 15, 2024

Basketball Hall of Fame

Springfield, Massachusetts


Welcome to the Basketball Hall of Fame!  The longer and more official name is – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  If you like basketball – this is a place you are really going to enjoy.  The original hall opened in 1968, with the current hall opening in 2002.  The location in Springfield, Massachusetts ties in with the hall’s namesake, Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball in 1891 while he was teaching at the YMCA Training School in Springfield Massachusetts.

True lovers of the game of basketball will know that after completing his medical degree, Dr. Naismith moved to Lawrence, Kansas to join the faculty and serve as their first basketball coach.  That was the start of KU’s storied history as a basketball powerhouse – the first KU coach invented the game!  Today, Dr. Naismith’s original hand written basketball rules are housed on the KU campus.

Dr. James Naismith with Ball and Peach Basket

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame pays homage to the history of the game as well as basketball in all it’s variety – collegiate & professional, men’s & women’s, players & teams, coaches &  commentators.

Each visitor will find their own way to explore the history and exhibits on display.  As a graduate of Michigan State University and then The University of Kansas and I followed related  themes through the hall.


Coaches Circle In Front of The Hall Commemorates Hall of Fame Coaches


Bill Self – University of Kansas


Tom Izzo – Michigan State University


The Hall is a Family Affair -(but not really a budget experience) 

Adult Ticket – $24.00 /  Youth Ticket – $16.00

The Hall Enshrines Newly Elected Members Every Year


The Hall Has Three Floors Dedicated To All Things Basketball

The Upper Floor houses The Honors Ring 

The Honors Ring displays Member Photos and Basketball Bios


Bill Self -current KU Coach – Honor Ring Exhibit


Sportscasters and Commentators are also recognized



The Middle Level houses team and league exhibits




KANSAS Exhibit



Play some Virtual Hoops against top players



The Main Floor Includes Interactive Exhibits – Slam Dunk area


Main Floor – Basketball Court – Take Your Best Shot


Gift Shop – Be sure to pick up a few items to remember your visit


A visit to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame makes an interesting day trip – especially if you are a basketball fan.  Check it out.

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