Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
The world's biggest baseball bat---a steel creation weighing 68,000 pounds and standing 120-feet tall--- welcomes you to the entrance of this museum that’s adjacent to the factory where the world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are still made. It all began in 1884, when Bud Hillerich, an apprentice in his father’s woodwork shop and himself an amateur baseball player, happened to witness Louisville Eclipse player, Pete “The Old Gladiator” Browning, break his favorite bat during a game. The enterprising Bud quickly lathed his idol a new one out of white ash. Browning used it in his next game, making three strong hits---the Slugger was born.
Begin your visit with a short film in the 100-seat museum theater, and then climb on an enormous, 17-ton baseball glove, carved from ancient Kentucky limestone. In Bud’s Batting Cage, you can practice hitting with replicas of bats swung by all the greats. Exhibits in the Grand Slam Gallery and Gallery 125 are filled with bat and other baseball collectibles and memorabilia, including the Louisville Slugger Babe Ruth used to hit 60 home runs in 1927. You can also tour the Louisville Slugger Factory to watch artisans use lathes to turn out baseball bats for major and little leaguers alike.
800 W. Main St.
- Louisville, Kentucky 40202
- 38.25699000, -85.76358000
- Jan.–late Jun., early Aug.–Dec.: Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 11–5. Late-Jun.–early Aug.: Sun.–Wed. 9--6, Thurs.–Sat. 9–8.
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- (877) 775-8443