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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a world-renowned museum that represents its sport in many colorful and entertaining ways. The Hall of Fame continually enhances its exhibits and displays to provide guests with an immersive and experiential visit to “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!”
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Visitors enter the museum through the grand lobby at the center of the building. This area also features a special exhibit gallery with ever-changing themed displays. Currently on display in this exhibit area is the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection which opened in July 2016. The exhibit showcases the rarest, highest graded, and most valuable football card collection in the world featuring a rookie card for each Hall of Fame player to date. The most-significant pieces of the 300,000-plus collection that dates to 1888 are displayed. The collection’s creators are Dan Hunt, President of FC Dallas and son of Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League and Kansas City Chiefs; and Robert Casterline from Casterline Goodman Gallery, Partner.
Guests then begin their visit by walking through a time tunnel of images featuring players from current years spanning back to the beginning of the National Football League. The visitor experience explodes with a visually dynamic and interactive two-level exhibit area in the Hall of Fame’s original rotunda. “The NFL’s First Century Gallery” opened in the spring of 2013. The center of the ground level includes a towering bronze statue of Jim Thorpe, considered a legend of pro football dating back to his days with the Canton Bulldogs beginning in 1915. The exhibits on the first level present a panoramic view using high-tech interactives and one-of-a-kind artifacts to tell the story of professional football, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to the worldwide phenomenon it has become today.
The second floor of “The NFL’s First Century” features historical information regarding professional football in several dramatic themes. Inspirational stories of the game’s pioneers, great players, coaches, and circumstances are told in vivid detail. Pro football’s societal impact is also documented in “Road to Equality” and “Pop Culture.” Bringing these themes to life are audio and video interactives and larger-than-life photographic murals.
Perhaps the most emotional stop during a tour of the museum is the Hall of Fame Gallery that houses the bronze busts of each of the Hall of Famer. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn about each member of the Hall through touch screen kiosks that include bios, photos, and videos on the inductees.
After the Hall of Fame Gallery, guests proceed to the newly opened theater presenting “A Game for Life.” This extraordinary cutting edge, multi-sensory immersive theater features holographic representations of Hall of Fame legends Joe Namath, George Halas and Vince Lombardi. The experience provides great inspiration to fans by showing them how the game of football also teaches lessons about life. The stories of numerous Hall of Famers, including Jim Kelly, Steve Largent, Alan Page, Jim Brown, Warren Moon and Curtis Martin, are shared. “A Game for Life” was produced and created by some of the leading talent in the film industry and has been receiving rave reviews since its opening in July 2016.
The “Pro Football Today Gallery” examines contemporary themes in the NFL. This area is filled with mementos from recent history-making performances including many milestone moments from the current NFL season. Artifacts are continuously placed on display as they added to the Hall’s extensive collection.
The “Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery” chronicles, in dramatic fashion, the exciting history of the game from Super Bowl I to present. The gallery uses one-of-a-kind artifacts, exciting game footage and interactive kiosks to help tell the story of how the Super Bowl has become a global event. Super Bowl Theater, a turntable experience, presents the most recent NFL season and Super Bowl in spectacular fashion using the latest technology and the creative works of NFL Films.
As visitors leave the exhibit level of the Hall and return to the ground floor, they enter an interactive area that includes many exciting hands-on experiences including a Madden EA Sports video game suite.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's collection includes nearly six million images. To inquire about securing rights to historical photos or to obtain other images of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, please contact Saleem Choudhry at 330-588-3614.
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Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center - Interior
The NFL's First Century
Jim Thorpe Statue
Hall of Fame Gallery
Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery