The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will reopen to the public Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. The museum has been closed since January for the installation of a new state-of-the-art Hall of Fame experience, as well as multiple new and updated exhibitions.
The new signature film, What It Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame, will initially be shown at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. daily. Narrated by sports broadcaster Bob Costas, the 16-minute film features original footage shot in 8K resolution from various racetracks and Thoroughbred farms throughout the country.
“We're very excited to be open to the public and have the opportunity to share with everyone all the incredible projects that we've been working on,” said John Hendrickson, the Museum's president. “We set out with an ambitious goal of being the best and most interactive hall of fame in the country. I believe we have accomplished that goal. Our great sport deserves a showcase venue that everyone can be proud of. This is a game-changer for the museum and it is everything we hoped it would be when we began the process to reimagine and enliven our institution. The museum is now an essential destination that can't be missed.”
A number of enhanced safety protocols have been put in place at the museum in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is a Saratoga Cares Stay Safe Pledge institution with a commitment to the health of Saratoga County residents, workers, and visitors. Per New York State health policies, the museum will open with a maximum of 24 visitors admitted every two hours. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online at www.racingmuseum.org beginning Aug. 31.