LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ever wonder what it’s like to be at the receiving end of a 90-mph fastball?
At the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, you can experience the high-speed pitches thrown to Major League Baseball’s top hitters firsthand — from behind the safety of a plexiglass wall, of course.
Marked by a 120-foot-tall replica of baseball great Babe Ruth’s bat, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is a can’t-miss attraction in Louisville, Ky.
In addition to seeing the world’s largest baseball bat — which is made of 68,000 pounds of steel and has become a well-known landmark in downtown Louisville — visitors of the museum will learn about baseball’s storied history, see firsthand how bats are created for today’s professional players and can even take a swing in the batting cages.
Baseball history on display at the Louisville Slugger Museum
The earliest days of America’s favorite pastime are chronicled in a detailed timeline in the museum’s Gallery 125. There you’ll also find baseball relics including a uniform from the World War II era women’s league and Joe DiMaggio’s bat used to set his record 56-game hitting streak in 1941.
Louisville Slugger Factory Tour showcases how bats are made
From how Bud Hillerich handcrafted his first bat in 1884 to how the factory produces 3,000 bats daily today, you’ll learn all the insider secrets during the 30-minute factory tour.
As you walk through the working factory, you’ll see northern ash and maple transform into polished Louisville-Slugger-branded bats. At the end, you’ll take home your own souvenir mini Louisville Slugger.
Visitors bat like pros in the batting cages
Throughout the museum and factory tour, visitors have opportunities to see and sometimes handle bats used by baseball legends or replicas of those famous players’ sluggers. In the batting cages, you can swing a replica of Babe Ruth’s or Ted Williams’ bat or try hitting with a model used by today’s major leaguers.
Plan your visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, located at 800 West Main Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday with extended summertime hours.
Admission covers entrance to the museum and the factory tour, which leaves every 20 to 60 minutes depending on demand, and costs $12 for adults, $11 for seniors age 60 and older, and $7 for kids ages 6 to 12. The museum is free to children age 5 and younger.