World of Little League® Museum Offering Behind-the-Scenes Tours as Part of Open House
Visitors to the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store (525 Montgomery Pike, U.S. 15, South Williamsport, PA, 17702), on Saturday, April 2, will have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours of the Little League International complex.
The tours are part of the museum’s annual open house and scheduled to begin in front of the museum at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Participants must register for the free tours at the museum’s front desk.
Adam Thompson, Assistant Museum Director and Curator, will lead the groups. They will go into one of the dormitories in the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove where Little League Baseball® World Series players live during the tournament, which is closed to the public during the World Series. Mr. Thompson will share stories about players and artifacts that Little League has collected for display throughout the years.
Visitors will have the opportunity to go into Volunteer Stadium and underneath Howard J. Lamade Stadium to see batting cages, game operations facilities, and the press conference room. They will get to view the field from the dugouts and photography well at Lamade Stadium.
The group will view the statue that honors Carl E. Stotz, Little League’s founder. Additionally they will visit the “Mighty Casey” statue, symbolizing the $2 million endowment fund created in 2005 for the Little League Challenger Division® by The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation along with 28 current and former Major League Baseball players.
“As the weather turns warmer and ballfields begin being used again, we want to invite the public to learn more about the Little League International Complex,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the Museum. “Very few people get a chance to do this at other times of the year, so it’s something to take advantage of.”
As part of the open house, visitors may tour the museum at no charge. In addition to the outside tours, staff will be available inside the museum to answer questions and share information about the artifacts that are on display. The museum, which opened in 1982, underwent a $4.3 million renovation in 2012-13.
The open house is a chance for area residents to visit the museum at no charge to familiarize themselves with the interactive experiences, films, and artifacts that are included. The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Typically, general admission for the Museum is $5. Children ages 5-12 are admitted for $2, and Seniors 62 and older are admitted for $3. Children 4 and younger are free, as well as any Little Leaguer® wearing a uniform shirt that includes the Little League Shoulder Patch.
Group rates are available for 20 or more people who pre-schedule a visit. More information about the Museum is available at LittleLeagueMuseum.org or by contacting the Museum at 570-326-3607 or museum@LittleLeague.org. Follow World of Little League on Facebook and Twitter.