Located just outside of the Great American Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is a baseball museum that tells the stories of the franchise. The entrance is right by the statue of Johnny Lee Bench.
First thing to note, is that admission is separate, meaning that this place is not covered by your game ticket. So if you leave the stadium to visit this place during the game, you may not be allowed back in the stadium.
There are 2 floors of exhibits, with the 1st floor having a bunch of display cases and a short film. They contain just artifacts of baseballs, bats, jerseys, and photos, on various players or moments in Reds history, placed randomly in different display cases. Not much of a theme, except for one, which is about Pete Rose and his record-breaking hit for all-time total hits record. Also, a short film plays continuously, on the history of the Reds. While worthwhile to watch, not really a must-see.
Pretty much the same case with the 2nd floor, but this area is more organized to different themes. They would include ones on Crosley Field (which was the previous home of the Reds), Tony Perez, all the All-Star games that have taken place in Cincinnati, and the Big Red Machine.
Also, as you go up the stairs to the 2nd floor, there is a huge display case that has 4256 baseballs in it. Little baseball trivia... do you know what the 4256 baseballs represent? I'll just leave it at that, in this review, as I am sure you will find the answer in the comments section.
There are some interactive things to do. One of them is where you can pose as a Reds player, with jersey and bat in a clubhouse replica. And see how fast you can throw a pitch in a bullpen replica, plus be a play-by-play announcer during a key Reds moment. Really fun to do!
The museum ends with the actual Reds Hall of Fame, which has the plaques for all the Reds players who have made it into the team's Hall of Fame. Names of players, some of which, I am very familiar with, like Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr., and Joe Morgan.
The hours of the museum depends on whether there is a Reds game at the ballpark or not. On game day, it closes at 8 PM. Check the web site or call ahead of time, just to be sure. Also, I recommend either getting to the museum at least 3 hours before game time, if you plan to go to the Reds game afterwards. Or visit on a different day!
A team with a storied history, and fun interactive things to do, this museum is definitely worth visiting, if you are a baseball fan. And that is whether you are a Reds fan or not. But if you are not a baseball fan at all, then definitely skip this place.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.