Baseball is such a cool sport with a long and incredibly fascinating history, and the Louisville Slugger is a small facet with a long and storied past. On a visit here, you can see actual pro player bats being made, hold game-used bats from greats like Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench, and admire the world's largest baseball bat, and more. Plus, every visitor receives a mini replica Louisville Slugger, which is one of the greatest travel souvenirs in the country.
“Family-owned since 1884”
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, a museum located in Louisville, Kentucky's "Museum Row" in the West Main District of downtown, showcases the history of the Louisville Slugger brand of baseball bats made by Hillerich & Bradsby, and of baseball in general. Inside the production of the bats is presented, along with historical examples of bats (such as an 1880s Pete Browning bat they recently discovered or the bat that Babe Ruth used to hit his last home run as a Yankee). Outside is a six-story bat that appears to be leaning against the museum building but is completely free standing, the bat weighs 68,000 pounds. (It is billed as the world's largest bat although it is hollow and made of steel.) The building also serves as their corporate headquarters and a production facility. Guided factory tours begin at 9:00 am, and the last factory tour of the day departs one hour before closing. Factory tours last approximately 30 minutes. Guests now have the opportunity to see bats being made seven days a week. Bat making demonstrations will take place in the factory when full production is not scheduled. Visitors normally allow 2 hours for the entire museum and factory experience. Everyone receives a miniature souvenir bat at the end of the tour! We are also the site of the World's Largest Baseball Bat.
Hey the free mini bat alone was worth it for me. Cool to see all the big pro's bats being made and seeing a little peak into the process. Also the world's largest bat makes for a pretty good photo op.
The tour here offers some great insight into how baseball bats are made (and most of the MLB ones are made here). Do it!
Really interesting little spot. Glad we went.
Cool to see where the pro bats are made. Still a lot of hand made aspects to the production. The bats you and I would buy are made in a big factory somewhere, which is slightly saddening. The little bat souvenir they give you isn't made here either. Aside from those two things it's still a cool museum and factory tour. Definitely make you appreciate old hitters and their bats.
If you don't want to pay the money for the tour, you can still see some of the production through windows on the street. Plus it's free to get your picture taken in front of the GIANT baseball bat in front.
Tour was great! Free mini bat was worth it! Easy to find and tour guide was very informative. Would highly recommend.
October 2018. Definitely worth visiting. The museum and store are free to visit. There is a small fee to take the tour of the manufacturing area. It’s well worth it to see the bats made. The MLB bats are made right there on site. A lot of history in this building. Plus the free souvenir bat at the end was a great bonus.
Disneyland sized crowd, at a not Disneyland sized place. There was roughly 1 million kids here, all of which were carrying their mini bat that you get for free at the end of the tour. My shins were justifiably terrified, but they survived unscathed. Make sure you also see the 30 ft replica of the statue of David only a block away, as the jokes about the world's largest bat out front, and the balls down the street will never get old to me...
A must stop for baseball fans of any age. Take the tour, very reasonably priced.
We loved this place! My husband doesn't even like baseball but the tour was super interesting and very informative on the history of Louisville Sluggers and then how they are made today (carving, burning, painting). It was really neat to see and all our young kids liked it too! The tour is only 25-30min long and you get a free mini bat at the end of the tour.
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
- Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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