Special Exhibitions

Two Great Holiday Exhibitions Open Nov. 14


“Best. Toys. Ever.”

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is known for its tributes to America’s pastime, but in the spirit of the holidays, the museum is highlighting an entirely different collection of games.

The “Best. Toys. Ever.” exhibition will feature the most popular toys from the past century. Included in the expansive collection of vintage, original models, will be a one-of-a-kind interactive model train set.

Many of the featured toys are in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The exhibition will include a variety of sections, including Dolls (Barbie, G.I. Joe), Creative Fun (Easy-Bake Oven, Silly Putty), Games (Monopoly, Rubik’s Cube), Athletic Play (Hula Hoop, Louisville Slugger plastic ball and bat), and Electronics (Atari system, Tickle Me Elmo). Some of the toys in the exhibition are on loan from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

An interactive model train set made by Roundhouse Electric Trains of Louisville will be unveiled as part of the exhibition. The O-scale set features three different guest-controlled locomotives and a scale replica of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  

“The Art of Rankin/Bass”

Experience another blast from the past, as “The Art of Rankin/Bass” celebrates the company that created timeless holiday classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerFrosty the Snowman and The Year Without A Santa Claus.

The exhibition features the collection of official Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt, with original artwork, collectibles and production stills from the classics, as well as some hidden gems.

Baseball fans will enjoy seeing the rare Rankin/Bass classic Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid featuring the voice of Willie Mays himself.

Santa Claus and a Special Holiday Offer

Internationally-known toy inventor and expert, Santa Claus, will make an appearance every weekend in December, and daily from Dec. 21 to Dec. 24. Children 12 years old and under get free admission from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3 when accompanied by an adult.

“Best. Toys. Ever.” and “The Art of Rankin/Bass” will run from Nov. 14 to Jan. 3. The museum will be open on Christmas Eve until 3 p.m., and closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.



Upcoming Exhibitions

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)