Sports museums and halls of fame are both keepers of sports legacies and shrines to sports heroes in the United States and throughout the world. They are among the most numerous and popular of the specialized museums and museum-like institutions in America and are receiving increasing attention in other countries as well. Vistiors are drawn to these institutions by the love and thrill of sports, the fascination with sports heroes and the allure of historical sports objects and enticing modern exhibits. Through these establishments, millions of sports fans are entertained, informed and given the opportunity to relive exciting sports moments from the past. From chess, field hockey and golf to jousting, soccer and weightlifting, this work offers a comprehensive overview of sports museums and halls of fame worldwide. Over 580 of these facilities in 46 countries are listed, covering some 82 categories of sporting activities. Institutions are organized by sport. In addition to the informative descriptions provided for each, contact information for the various sites is included. An appendix lists institutions by country.
Victor J. Danilov has been director and president of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and was the founding director of the museum management program at the University of Colorado. He has written more than 25 books, many of which focus on museums and historic sites. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.