Past Events

Members Mural Arts Trolley Tour

Sunday, September 14 at 11:00 am
$50/ $36 Members
Tickets coming soon.

This Members-only sports-themed tour will complement our special exhibition, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American.

Members Only Quarterly Book Club

Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 11:00 am
FREE & Exclusively for Members

Join fellow NMAJH Members to discuss The Catcher was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff. 

Only in America Gala

Tuesday, March 11 at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the Museum’s original special exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American at the annual Only in America Gala, chaired by the Honorable Edward G. Rendell.  This year’s event features sports super agent and Philadelphia native, Arn Tellem.

Click here to purchase tickets and sponsorships for the 2014 Gala.

For more information, contact Julie Howard Taylor at or 215.923.3811 x104.

MVP Preview and Reception

Wednesday, March 12, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
FREE, Exclusively for Members, Lenders, and Special Guests

Join your fellow NMAJH Members for a first look at the Museum’s original special exhibition, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming AmericanChasing Dreams will be the first large-scale exhibition to weave together the history of American sport, leisure, and national identity with the story of immigration and integration into American life.

To RSVP,  Contact Elayna Tursky at or 215.923.3811 x109.


Old Jews Talking Baseball

Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm 
$18/$15 Members

Podcast available here

Longtime friends, baseball experts, and fans Dan Okrent and John Thorn sit down for a chat about life and baseball. They’ll ponder why Fantasy Baseball is a metaphor for what Jews and other minorities have always longed for in baseball and in American life. They might even tell a joke. Or two.

Jackie Robinson: Outsider Hero

Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm
Individual Tickets: $12/$10 Members
Series: $45/$36 Members

Clip available here

Inspired by the legacy of the legendary, barrier-breaking #42, the Official Historian of Major League Baseball, John Thorn, will lead a conversation on the contemporary relevance of Robinson’s legacy for outsiders of every kind.

Also featuring: 

Dreamers and Doers: Kim Ng

Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm
$18/$15 Members

Clip available here

Meet the Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations at Major League Baseball, Kim Ng,

Young Friends Curated Cocktails

Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 pm
$12/ FREE for Young Friends Members

Join the Young Friends of NMAJH for a cocktail party and discussion of Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American with Associate Curator Ivy Weingram.

YF Members redeem tickets here.

Non-members purchase tickets here.


Baseball in America Today

Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 pm
Individual Tickets: $12/$10 Members
Series: $45/$36 Members

Videocast available here

Explore the role of baseball in American life and culture today with the President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Jeff Idelson, New York Times bestselling author, Kostya Kennedy, and ESPN Senior Writer, Steve Wulf.

Chasing Dreams Mall Extravaganza

Sunday, June 15 – Father’s Day
FREE • All Day

10:00 am  The Museum opens — FREE all day and open until 8:30 pm
2:00 pm    The outdoor festivities begin
9:00 pm    Field of Dreams outdoor screening

We’re taking it outside for this fun family day on Independence Mall featuring games, arts and crafts, meet-and-greets with MLB personalities, music, and more!  

  • Meet former MLB players, including former Philadelphia Phillie Tommy Greene, who was part of the 1993 National League Championship and World Series team
  • Get the whole family up and dancing with live music from Philadelphia Funk Authority, Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band, and the DJ-led dance party sensation, Baby Loves Disco 
  • Test your arm with the speed pitch challenge, practice your swing with the t-ball challenge, play virtual baseball and other baseball-themed carnival games, create arts and crafts, stop by the photo booth, get your face painted, and sample some of Philly’s favorite food trucks
  • Bring a donation for Pitch In For Baseball – this non-profit organization will be on-site to collect new or gently-used baseball equipment that will be donated to baseball-loving kids in need around the world (details below)
  • The first 200 fans that come to our outdoor information booth can pick up their FREE Chasing Dreams mini-beach balls…just in time for summer
  • Kids can take a shot at broadcasting the events of the day at KYW’s Kidcast booth
  • Grab your blanket and stick around for an outdoor screening Field of Dreams celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary



Classics and Crackerjacks: Summer Cinema

Wednesdays in July at 7:00 pm
Individual Film Tickets: $12/$10 Members    ALL TICKETS NOW $5!

Join us throughout baseball season for a cinema series filled with baseball classics, documentaries, and family films that examine, commemorate, and celebrate America’s love of the game.

Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 7
FREE for grandparents and children 12 and under.

Grandmothers, bubbies*, and nanas! Grandfathers, zadies*, and pops! Grab your grandkids for a day of fun at the Museum. Explore Chasing Dreams, take a journey through time in our interactive, family-friendly permanent exhibition,

Writing Baseball

Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 pm
Individual Tickets: $12/$10 Members
Series: $45/$36 Members

Videocast available here

What happens when baseball leaves the field and swirls around in the imaginations of great writers?

Second Sunday: Baseball, Teamwork, Family, and Community

Sundays at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm
April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12

FREE with Museum admission; advance registration strongly recommended, most appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Join us and share your favorite family baseball memories. Explore Chasing Dreams through storytelling, games, and

Classics & Crackerjacks: Fun for the Whole Family

Second Sundays at 1:00 pm
FREE with Museum Admission

Join us throughout baseball season for a cinema series filled with baseball classics, documentaries, and family films that examine, commemorate, and celebrate America’s love of the game.

The Bad News Bears  (USA, 1976, 102 minutes)
April 13, July 13, and October 12
Cantankerous Morris Buttermaker spends his time cleaning pools and pining for his days as a Minor League ballplayer. But when he agrees to coach a fledgling team, he finds himself overrun with talentless troublemakers. In a desperate (and hilarious) attempt to save face, Buttermaker enlists help from an ex-girlfriend’s daughter and a gifted delinquent. An example of Walter Matthau at his absolute best. Rated: PG

Classics & Crackerjacks: DOCtober

October 19 and 22
Individual Film Tickets: $10/$8 Members
DOCtober Series: $18/$14 Members

Join us as we close out our cinema series with two documentaries that examine, commemorate, and celebrate America’s love of the game.

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (USA, 1999, 95 minutes)
Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm 

Baseball and Becoming American

Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 6:00 pm
Series of four weekly lectures 
$90/$75 for Members
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Drawing on primary and secondary sources featured in the exhibition, this series of lectures will examine the ways in which American baseball has served as a reflection of and catalyst for the development of American culture since the 19th century.