The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is an activity that would please both adults and children, even if you are not interested in baseball. The factory and museum features the creation and use of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats, which began as a family-owned business in 1884.
The bat outside of the museum and factory is the world’s biggest bat, 120-feet tall, made of steel and weighing 68,000 pounds. The bat is an exact replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger.
The factory portion is a tour that takes you through the process of making a Louisville Slugger. The tour is informative, allowing you to hold bats created for various players and to see the difference in length and type of wood. Visitors also get the chance to see actual Louisville Sluggers being made. When we were at the museum, we were shown the bats that were going to be shipped for the World Series game that day. Factory tours last about 25 minutes and stop an hour before the museum closes.
After the factory tour is a museum portion that features some of the most famous Louisville Sluggers, made for players such as Derek Jeter and Babe Ruth. The area also features batting cages, where you have the opportunity to test some of the Louisville Sluggers.
Included in your $10 ticket is a miniature Louisville Slugger bat. Keep in mind that you cannot bring the mini Louisville Slugger as a carryon on a plane. It must be stored in your checked luggage. You can also get your own personalized bat made at the gift store.
Seniors over the age of 60 can get into the museum and factory for $9 and a ticket for children aged six to 12 is $5. Children under the age of five get in free. The museum and factory is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open until 6 p.m. from July 1 till Aug. 14.
The museum and factory is a great place to visit even if you are not a baseball fan. I was a bit apprehensive about my visit because I am not interested in baseball, but I loved the factory and museum and would love to go back.
Currently over 60 percent of MLB players use Louisville Sluggers, and the Louisville Slugger is the official bat of Major League Baseball.