How to Plan Your Visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Known as the birthplace of baseball, Cooperstown’s rich history of baseball goes back to the game’s early beginnings in the 19th century when the first game was played at Double Day Field. Because of this, Cooperstown is home to one of the top attractions in the country, The National Baseball Hall of Fame.

With over 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts in the Hall of Fame’s collection and three million library items that bring the history of baseball to life, each visitor can get a glimpse of what makes baseball special to them. A trip to Cooperstown isn’t complete until you’ve visited, so here’s how to plan your visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

When is the best time to visit?

While the museum is open year-round, seven days a week (except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day), the spring and summer months are popular times to visit. Summer is the most crowded, while springtime affords visitors shorter lines and unique events such as Opening Day and the Cooperstown Classic.

The museum’s biggest event of the year is the Hall of Fame Weekend. Hosted in July, this popular event honors the members of the class before and welcomes the new inductees into the hall of fame. It’s the ultimate event for any baseball fan.

Because this is such a highly publicized event, rooms book fast! Find your ideal accommodations at The Inn at Cooperstown, today!


With recent events, advanced tickets are required. They have also added a time entry system where you need to arrive within your time window, with access to enjoy the museum at your leisure upon entry. Members are free with adult tickets at $25.

Looking to become a member? Guests of The Inn at Cooperstown receive a 10% discount on a single, family, or sustaining level membership package. View here for more details.

Unique experiences

Take your trip to Cooperstown to the next level with one of the custom experience packages The Inn at Cooperstown has in partnership with the Baseball Hall of Fame. Stay in one of our beautiful accommodations and enjoy access to our exceptional amenities with one of these packages below:

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame: Custom Tour PackageThe custom tour experience features a private artifact spotlight of items that are not on display in the Museum from your favorite team. That’s right, you pick the team, and the museum will put together your artifact display! It can’t get any better or more personal than that.
  • Ultimate Baseball Hall of Fame Getaway PackageFor the serious baseball buff looking for hotels near the Baseball Hall of Fame, there’s nothing better than our Ultimate Baseball Hall of Fame Getaway package! Get in the game as you explore the museum as a VIP and relive the sport’s best moments and pay respects to its greatest players.

To book your package, call us at 607-547-5756. Or view our other experience packages to find one that is right for you!

Hotels near the National Baseball Hall of Fame

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The Inn at Cooperstown.

Looking for accommodations near the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Look no further than the cozy bed and breakfast at The Inn at Cooperstown. Our historic inn is located only one and a half blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, making it an easy walk from our property.

Our luxurious inn provides guests with plush yet comfortable surroundings, complimentary breakfast, and friendly staff who is ready to make your weekend memorable. Book your stay today!