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Louisville Slugger Museum: Tennessee, USA #museum #louisville #tennessee #sluggerWhen scheduling a trip of any kind, Genki Husband and I are all too keen on seeing everything that time will allot.  There is nothing like filling a trip up with fun things for entertainment and education.  When we went to Oahu, Hawaii we made sure we did just about as much as possible.  Upon returning our rental car the rental agent mentioned we had one of the highest (if not highest) amount of miles on the vehicle as she had ever seen in her career.  That made us proud because while we weren’t rushing around, we were seeing most of the sights.  YOLO!  This is what we intended on doing with our trip to Alabama.  So, we searched all over the place for things to do and one of them was to go to the Slugger Baseball Bat museum and factory in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kentucky Bridge

The area between Indiana and Kentucky is hilly and filled with water systems. So there are a lot of bridges crossing along the area. This is a bridge we came across. Tiny but adorable in design.

Bridge in Lousiville, KY

The bridge that connections Louisville, Kentucky with New Albany, Indiana, USA.

Golden Nake Man in Louisville, KY

30-foot-tall computer-duplicated statue by artist Serkan Ozkaya called “David” (inspired by Michelangelo), right in town limits. It’s quite the surprise to see a large, naked, golden statue right in the middle of town in America. But it stands in front of the same hotel as the red penguins.

Slugger Museum

Just past the naked, golden David is the giant bat, actually it’s the world’s largest baseball bat to be exact.

World's Largest Baseball Bat

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The museum costs $12/adult and under for children and seniors. (Additional for parking in the garage attached to the museum – it’s hard to find any other parking in the area.)  For this admittance fee, one gets to walk through a small museum of statues such as this one and see some bats made for specific baseball players.  Small baseball bats are also given out at the end of the tour (a great marketing method).

Louisville Slugger Museum: Tennessee, USA #museum #louisville #tennessee #slugger

Inside the museum if you look up there are about a hundred baseball bats hanging above ones’ head. It’s pretty nifty looking at them as art.

Louisville Slugger Museum: Tennessee, USA #museum #louisville #tennessee #slugger

The ticket also includes a walk through the factory so ticket holders can see how the baseball bats are being created. Tip: You can also walk around the building and see some of the process too through glass windows. The beginning of the tour starts in a holding green room where instructions are given such as “no photos” in the factory. This photo was taken in this holding room and the man is actually a mannequin.

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Another image of the holding room- photos were allowed in this area.

Babe Ruth's Home Run bat

Inside the museum (where photos are permitted), there is a baseball bat that is believed to be Babe Ruth’s 1927 bat that was used as a counting device for home runs. Each notch is a home run that he would personally carve into his bat. The tour guide said this was the real bat but then other places say it is a model. It looked like a real bat, that’s all I can say though.

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For no cost you can enter the Hollywood Museum section which is two small rooms that have very unrelated items to see. I’m still not really sure why the museum has these items but it’s nice to see for entertainment purposes.

Louisville Slugger Museum: Tennessee, USA #museum #louisville #tennessee #slugger

There were also props and costumes from Hollywood movies such as Star Trek, Batman, Old TV shows and etc on display. These were marked as real items from the movies.

Louisville Slugger Museum: Tennessee, USA #museum #louisville #tennessee #slugger

It’s really hard to give you a good review of the museum as Genki Husband and I are not baseball fans.  We tolerate it but we aren’t avid followers nor do we pay attention to a favorite team or likewise.  The tour was a bit boring to tell you the truth because the machines were nothing much more than those used for general woodworking.  Being that we were both from the country, our grandparents had smaller versions of these machines in their basements.  Hence, we were not that impressed with the tour.  No new information was acquired throughout the entire tour.  The tour guide was very good at what he did and played upon the baseball fans that were in the tour crowd.  There were about maybe 30 people in the tour,  a few of which were in wheelchairs making it hard to get around the factory and see things when short (like me).  The best part was the Hollywood Museum rooms but I believe these are free without admission fees.  If you have children, I would probably think this is a great museum because there are batting cages and other entertainment rooms, fees apply.  It’s a well thought out museum but probably for parents and children instead of adults that aren’t baseball fans.  We just thought as non-fans, the cost of admission and $4 for parking was a bit steep.  In total we paid $28 to see machines that we had already seen before growing up with work-working parents. This is of course our opinion and does not mean it is a great museum, just probably not worth the cost if you aren’t baseball fans without children.

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