The Sports Museum - TD Garden
The New England Sports Museum is a non-profit, educational facility that “celebrate[s] the character of Boston sports— the unique brand of teamwork, determination, responsibility, courage, fairness, and other qualities of character possessed by our teams and athletes that make Boston ‘The Greatest Sports City in America’ (“The Sports Museum”).
Backstory and Context
The Sports Museum of New England was founded in 1977 and was originally in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts before eventually moving Boston's TD Garden, home to Celtics and Bruins for the past twenty years. The museum's exhibits focus on the history of various sports in the Boston area.
These sports include the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Marathon, Patriots, Revolution, boxing, college sports, and others. The museum features diverse sports memorabilia and curiosities. It also includes life-size sculptures of Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, Carl Yastrzemski, and Ted Williams by Rhode Island sculptor Armand LaMontagne.
The museum offers several exhibits, programs, and events centered on the world of sports. Current exhibits include The Beanpot, which displays the trophy from the winner of the annual hockey tournament between Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern; the Boston Garden Theatre, the Banners/Arena, Adam Vinatieri’s Shoes (Vinatieri kicked the winning field goal of Super Bowl XXXVI); Evolution of Women’s Basketball; Boston Redskins (until the team became the Washington Redskins in 1936); Early Nose Guard; The Ball that Changed History, where on display is the ball that hit Red Socks player Tony Conigliaro in the eye in 1967 and essentially ruining his career; Stanley Cup Champions; and the Original Bruin. The museum programs include Boston v. Bullies, Careers in Sports, Stand Strong, Score with Character, and several scholarships, awards, and contests for kids and teens. In addition, the museum hosts many programs, such as the Sports Museum Celebrity Golf Classic, the Rodman Ride for Kids, The Tradition, the Boston Baseball Writer’s Dinner, Legendary Lunch Series, and the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
The Sports Museum is a perfect museum for any Boston sports fanatic to visit. Full of rich history and culture, this museum has been exciting sports fans for 38 years. Close to public transportation, it has easy access for Boston residents and tourists alike. Any sports fan visiting Boston would have a very enjoyable time visiting this site.