Ernie Barnes (1938-2009), considered one of the leading African-American painters, is well-known for his unique style of elongation and movement. A man of many talents, Barnes was also an actor, author and professional football player. The American Neo-Mannerist artist was drafted by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts in 1959 but joined the American Football League’s New York Titans in 1960. He later played two seasons for the AFL’s Los Angeles Chargers (1961-62) and ended his playing career with the Denver Broncos (1963-64). Following his pro football career, Barnes decided to pursue life as an artist and earned international recognition. An exhibit featuring the artwork of Barnes will be on display in the Special Exhibits Gallery in the Pro Football Hall of Fame from June 19, 2014- Nov. 30, 2014.


In 2009, the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery was opened and includes dynamic displays featuring one-of-a-kind game artifacts along with exciting interactive video kiosks highlighting every Super Bowl, the great plays and the game’s stars. Stories like how the merger of the AFL and NFL resulted in the creation of sport’s ultimate championship game; the significance of the first four Super Bowls; and how the game has risen to unsurpassed levels of popularity worldwide is now presented in grand fashion.

In the center of the gallery is the state-of-the-art SUPER BOWL THEATER. Visitors experience the sense of awe and excitement that is the Super Bowl as the full force of the most recent game is presented through the cinematic magic of NFL Films.   

The Super Bowl Theater currently highlights the 2013 NFL Season capped by the Seattle Seahawks victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.