Formerly known as B’s Ballpark Museum, the collection was recognized by Smithsonian Books as one of the top 20 finest private baseball collections in the world. The Museum prides itself in one-of-a-kind treasures, including those from the original 14 classic ballparks, and is the only Museum dedicated to ballparks.
So how did Curator, Founder, and President Bruce “B” Hellerstein go from collecting baseball cards to creating a world-class museum? Well, it could be traced to a personal development course Bruce attended in his early thirties, in which he visualized his “perfect paradise.” Of course, all that came into his mind was walking into a dream ballpark! In the 1980’s he began displaying his collection in his basement and in 1999 obtained the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. In 2010, secured its present location and new name, The National Ballpark Museum.
When you visit the Museum, feel free to spend as long as you want walking through and enjoying the exhibits. Our passionate volunteers are here to give you personal tours and talk baseball or you can enjoy your experience without a guide. You are welcome to take photos of anything in the museum, including our section of the Green Monster from Fenway Park and section of the scoreboard from Wrigley Field!
Rosin bag from last game at Crosley Field
A lightbulb from the first night game played at Ebbets Field, in 1938
Turnstile from Philadelphia’s Shibe Park (the first classic ballpark), dated 1909
The arched window and cornerstone from Forbes Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates