Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Offers Two Great Holiday Exhibitions

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 “Best. Toys. Ever.” And “The Art of Rankin/Bass” Open Now

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is excited to announce two holiday exhibitions that will provide fun for the whole family. “Best. Toys. Ever.” and “The Art of Rankin/Bass,” are open now, as part of a wonderful holiday season at the museum.

“These exhibitions will be a family favorite,” said Vice President and Executive Director Anne Jewell. “Parents will enjoy reminiscing with classic toys and memories from the Rankin/Bass features, while the kids and adults alike will love the interactive vintage video game play section.”


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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is known for its tributes to America’s pastime, but in the spirit of the holidays, the museum is highlighting an entirely different collection of games.

The “Best. Toys. Ever.”exhibition will feature the most popular toys from the past century. Included in the expansive collection of vintage, original models, will be a one-of-a-kind interactive model train set.

Many of the featured toys are in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The exhibition will include a variety of sections, including Dolls (Barbie, G.I. Joe), Creative Fun (Easy-Bake Oven, Silly Putty), Games (Monopoly, Rubik’s Cube), Athletic Play (Hula Hoop, Louisville Slugger plastic ball and bat), and Electronics (Atari system, Tickle Me Elmo). Some of the toys in the exhibition are on loan from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

An interactive model train set made by Roundhouse Electric Trains of Louisville will be unveiled as part of the exhibition. The O-scale set features three different guest-controlled locomotives and a scale replica of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  

Family-Fun Holiday Weekend

We're kicking off the Holiday season with a weekend full of family-friendly activities tied to our latest special exhibition Best. Toys. Ever.

From Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29, guests can participate in special programming and contests, with the chance to win some great prizes. All programs are free for factory tour ticket holders. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the museum on Saturday.

Guests who bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots will receive one free admission to LSMF on the day of their donation. The Toys for Tots promotion runs from Saturday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 6. 

Friday & Saturday Schedule
·         10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.: Duncan Yo-Yo Competition
·         10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Giant Jenga
·         11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.: Classic Atari Competition
·         11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.: Retro Baseball Viewmaster
·         12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Hula Hoop Competition

Sunday Schedule
·         11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.: Retro Baseball Viewmaster
·         12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.: Hula Hoop Competition
·         1:30 p.m.: Duncan Yo-Yo Competition
·         2 p.m.: Giant Jenga
·         2:30 p.m.: Classic Atari Competition 

“The Art of Rankin/Bass”

Experience another blast from the past, as “The Art of Rankin/Bass” celebrates the company that created timeless holiday classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and The Year Without A Santa Claus.

The exhibition features the collection of official Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt, with original artwork, collectibles and production stills from the classics, as well as some hidden gems.

Baseball fans will enjoy seeing the rare Rankin/Bass classic Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid featuring the voice of Willie Mays himself.


Santa Claus and a Special Holiday Offer

Internationally-known toy inventor and expert, Santa Claus, will make an appearance every weekend in December, and daily from Dec. 21 to Dec. 24. Children 12 years old and under get free admission from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3 when accompanied by an adult.

“Best. Toys. Ever.” and “The Art of Rankin/Bass” will run from Nov. 14 to Jan. 3. The museum will be open on Christmas Eve until 3 p.m., and closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


About Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory:

Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Award-winning factory tour, galleries with interactive exhibits, historic memorabilia, the World's Biggest Bat, and more. Create a Louisville Slugger bat with your very own name on it, just like the pros. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 West Main Street, is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (60+), $7 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under.  For more information, log on to sluggermuseum.com  or call 502-588-7228.