In Louisville, Kentucky, it’s impossible to miss the “The Big Bat.” Leaning against the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory at 120 feet in the sky, the steel bat weighs 68,000 pounds and is a replica of Babe Ruth’s Louisville Slugger bat.
Celebrating the role of the famous Louisville Slugger in baseball history, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory offers memorable, interactive exhibits and tours for students to navigate.
“Along with our fascinating bat factory tour, we have galleries filled with remarkable memorabilia and entertaining interactive exhibits,” said Anne Jewell, vice president and executive director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
On tours, students can hold bats previously used in games from some of baseball’s biggest stars and examine more than 6,000 autographs from major league players. Interactive experiences allow guests to take on Bud’s Batting Cage, named in honor of Bud Hillerich, who made the first Louisville Slugger bat in 1884. Visitors perfect their throws with a simulated pitching experience.
Tours also get groups up close to the bat production line, where they can see how the famous Louisville Sluggers are made, with the added bonus of taking home a souvenir mini bat. Student programming can be customized to include a stronger focus on American history, skills used in the manufacturing process of bats, or civil rights and baseball.
“Baseball connects generations; we see it here every day,” Jewell said. “Since the sport is such a big part of American history and culture, even visitors who don’t consider themselves big fans find something here that resonates with them.”
Motorcoach parking is available.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory