Special Exhibitions

Topps Pop Culture: Home Runs to Hollywood

View a photo gallery of the exhibition here.

Baseball meets Batman in the latest special exhibition at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (LSMF). The attraction has teamed up with Topps, the legendary card maker, to create the first-ever retrospective of Topps® trading cards. The show opens March 14 and runs through October 4, 2015.

Along with iconic baseball cards, Topps has also produced collectible cards for other sports and pop culture giants such as Star Wars, the Beatles, and Pokémon. Props, costumes and artifacts from movies, television, music, comics and cartoons will be displayed alongside their Topps cards, including these monumental pieces:

·         Luke Skywalker’s Light Saber*    

·         Indiana Jones’ Whip                                         

·         Adam West’s Batman Costume*  

·         Christopher Reeve's Superman Costume*

·         Nichelle Nichols’ Lt. Uhura Costume*

·         Elvis Presley’s Scarf

·         Ringo Starr’s 1964 Drumsticks

·         Jobu Doll from Major League

“There’s something fun for everyone in this show,” said Anne Jewell, VP and Executive Director of LSMF. “Topps has an amazing history and ability to tap into the cultural current. We’re thrilled to partner with such a powerhouse and share their entertaining story with our guests.”

Baseball Bat Bike

For generations, the sound of a trading card slapping against the spokes of a bike is a nostalgic and happy memory. That experience will be enjoyed by guests as they crank the wheel of a bike specially made for this exhibition out of Louisville Slugger baseball bat lumber. The bike is a handcrafted work of art by Denver-based bike maker, Chris Connor. It will be rigged with a clothespin and card to produce that one-of-a-kind sound.

From its beginnings as a gum and candy company, Topps has grown into a global brand dedicated to entertaining all ages.

“We’re excited to partner with Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory for this exhibition. Our brands are both woven into our country’s history and future.” Said Clay Luraschi, VP Product Development for The Topps Company. “At Topps we’re all about celebrating pop culture, sports, and edible entertainment. This show delivers it all in one engaging package,” he added.

The exhibit joins an already impressive line-up at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Admission to the museum includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour.

The museum, which opened in 1996, remains one of Louisville’s most popular attractions, and welcomed its 4-millionth guest in 2014.  The Louisville landmark features a wide range of exhibits, including Hold a Piece of History where visitors can hold game-used bats from some of the game’s greatest hitters.  Visitors can also face down a 90-mph fastball, check out more than 6,000 autographs from major leaguers, and watch bats being made on every tour. 

As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour.  

*Pieces are owned by The Azarian Collection (azariancollection.com)

 

Cincinnati Reds Legends

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is excited to announce a new special exhibition Cincinnati Reds Legends, that will run August 8th through November 1st, 2015.

The special exhibit, which will be displayed in the museum’s back gallery, is an art exhibit featuring the works of Chris Felix, Scott Hannig and Donnie Pollard specially created for the book Cincinnati Reds Legends, by author Mike Shannon.

Felix and Shannon will participate in a book signing and Q&A session to celebrate the opening of the exhibit, beginning at 1 p.m. on August 8th.

More than a dozen portraits of legendary Cincinnati Reds players from Ernie Lombardi to Johnny Bench to Ken Griffey, Jr. will be on display, as well as unforgettable representations of the Reds’ historic ballparks. There will also be a number of behind-the-scenes items from the artists, each of whom have been featured in exhibitions across the country, and contribute to the literary baseball magazine Spitball.

In addition to the special exhibit, the museum will also premier a model of Great American Ballpark made of LEGO® bricks. The model was made by Jason Burik of Brick Model Design in Pittsburgh. 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Louisville Colonels 125 (October 3 - November 1, 2015)

Best. Toys. Ever. (November 14, 2015 - January 3, 2016)

The Art of Rankin/Bass (November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016)

Ripley's Believe It or Not!® - Oddball™ (March 5, 2016 - January 2017)

Big Leagues, Little Bricks™: Baseball Art Built with LEGO® Bricks (Opening March 2017)