Carolyn Serra, the director of the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Located on the northwest side of Turner field at aisle 134, the museum showcases a unique look at the team’s history, from its origins in Boston to present-day inductees in both the Braves Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The museum is open year-round, and it’s the perfect destination for school groups, Braves enthusiasts, and general baseball lovers. The museum houses more than 700 artifacts and photos, and it traces the team’s history back to Boston, where the club started in 1871. It then showcases the team’s time in Milwaukee beginning in 1953, and finally, the Braves’ relocation to Atlanta in 1966.
Perhaps the museum’s most prized possession is the bat and ball Hank Aaron was using when he hit his 715th homerun, which broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record. Other notable artifacts housed in the museum include the 1995 World Series trophy, MVP Awards, Silver Slugger Awards, Gold Gloves, and the Purple Heart awarded to Warren Spahn, who holds the record for most wins by a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. Spahn’s Purple Heart is displayed in the Bravest of the Braves exhibit, which honors the many Braves players who served in the armed forces. Another unique artifact housed in the Braves Museum is an actual 12-ton railcar that displays what it was like for the team to travel from the turn of the century through the 1950s.
Also housed inside the Braves Museum is the Braves Hall of Fame (HOF), which features 28 members of the organization. Notable members of the HOF include Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Phil Niekro, Chipper Jones, Ted Turner, Dale Murphy, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, John Smoltz and many others.
Visitors to the museum can also enjoy a park tour, which offers a unique glimpse into a variety of places inside Turner Field. The tour starts at Sky Field where the giant Coke bottle and Chick-fil-A cow are located, and it then heads to Club Level to give visitors an insider’s view of a suite at Turner Field. Next, the tour heads to the broadcast booth and press box, and then down to the Braves clubhouse and locker room, giving attendees a sneak-peek of the players’ home away from home. Finally, the tour heads through the SunTrust club, out on the warning track and into the Braves’ dugout!
During the off season, the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday with tours beginning at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. When the season starts in April, the museum is open seven days a week with more tours departing each day.
Tickets to the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame are $2, or one token, during games and $5 on non-game days. Walk-up tour tickets are $17 for adults, $13 for juniors aged 10 through 13, $9 for children and $14 for groups of 20 or more. During the month of January, the museum is offering a special incentive that includes two museum and tour tickets for just $15! Tickets can be purchased at the Braves ticket window at Turner Field.
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