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April 17, 2014

Magazine names HOF as top 10 museum

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown has been named a top-10 winner in a magazine survey of family museums.

FamilyFun magazine announced winners of the 2014 FamilyFun Travel Awards on April 4. The annual search for the best kid-friendly locations and vacation spots gathers choices by families from across the country, and the overall top travel destination was Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla.

This year is the second time survey results have been shared, magazine officials said, and the Baseball Hall of Fame ranked No. 9 this year, the first time “family museums” was a separate category. In the first survey, the museums were included with aquariums and zoos.

Craig Muder, director of communications for the Baseball Hall of Fame, said the recognition by FamilyFun is an honor.

“It’s part of our mission to connect generations every day as we preserve baseball history,” he said this week.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum collections feature almost 40,000 artifacts and other three-dimensional items, 3 million books and documents and 500,000 photographs. The museum tells visitors the story of baseball through a timeline, with the majestic “Plaque Gallery” honoring baseball players, executives and others, serving as a centerpiece.

The six newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will take their commemorative place in Cooperstown on July 27, highlighting four days of events and programs as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2014, July 25-28. The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a concert in August.

The magazine’s travel award winners are featured in the April issue of FamilyFun, including the top 12 overall winners, which represent the highest-scoring destinations from each category.

“This year’s travel award winners offer worlds of discovery and adventure for families across the map,” said Ann Hallock, editor in chief of FamilyFun, in the release. “Family vacations are all about having fun, and while many of the families in our survey seek that out through attractions like theme parks and zoos, it’s clear that families are also looking for learning and outdoor experiences.”

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