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Baseball: America’s Home Run

Opening: April, 2020

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American League All-Star Team before the Addie Joss Benefit Game, photo by Louis Van Oeyen, League Park, 1911.

The National Postal Museum presents a blockbuster exhibition exploring America’s national pastime. Featuring hundreds of U.S. and international stamps commemorating great players and historic moments, as well as original artwork and archival material from the United States Postal Service’s esteemed Postmaster General’s Collection, the exhibition approaches the story of baseball from a unique, worldwide perspective. The display of stamps and mail will be complemented by dozens of objects loaned by other Smithsonian Institution museums, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, law enforcement agencies, and private collectors. The exhibition—presented in English and Spanish through a collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center—will have broad appeal to collectors of stamps and memorabilia, family audiences, and diehard fans.


Lou Gehrig’s jersey worn during the 1937, 1938, and 1939 seasons.

Treasures on Display

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Professional Baseball the National Postal Museum’s Baseball exhibit will feature historic objects loaned from renowned private collections that have never been on public display.


44c Negro Leagues Baseball: Play at the Plate stamp, 2010

Themes

Four themes—Origins of the Game, Instrument of Diplomacy and War, Agent of Segregation and Integration, and Legendary Playing Fields—explore the history and experience of baseball.


Museum visitors in an interactive gallery

Immersive Experiences

A multi-gallery exhibition of spectacular artifacts will be augmented by immersive experiences that allow the visitor to interact in lively and memorable ways. Environmental design effects such as lighting, sound, and virtual reality will recreate the game day atmosphere.


Students and museum staff displaying stamp designs

Programs, Events and Education

Baseball: America’s Home Run will present programs and experiences such as curated highlight tours, artifact spotlights, education carts, and curricula. A suite of affiliated public programs and events designed for diverse audiences will offer additional opportunities for visitor enrichment and engagement.


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Social Media

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Encapsulating a sheet of stamps in polyester film for exhibition

Behind the Scenes

Explore behind the scenes projects such as object treatment and the design and installation process with museum staff in preparation for the exhibition.


42c Baseball Players stamp

Philanthropy and Support

Support and sponsorship of “Baseball: America’s Home Run” at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum provides a range of benefits that can be customized to reflect the priorities of both individual and corporate supporters.