5/14/2013 11:48 A.M. ET
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory brings baseball history to Miller Park
Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor among game-used bats on display
By / MLB.com
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory "hits" the road with a traveling interactive experience created for Milwaukee's Miller Park over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, as the Brewers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The mobile museum will feature:
Hank Aaron's 700th Home Run Bat
Fans will be able to see the bat Hank Aaron used to hit his 700th home run on July 21, 1973. This A99 model ash bat is 35-inches and 32-ounces, and is one of the significant treasures in the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory collection. The bat is also signed by Aaron.
"Hold a Piece of History" With Bats Used By Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Geoff Jenkins, Rickie Weeks
A favorite with the crowds, "Hold a Piece of History" allows fans to hold bats that were actually used by major league players. For Milwaukee fans, Louisville Slugger Musuem & Factory will give game-goers the chance to hold and pose with bats used by Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Geoff Jenkins and Rickie Weeks.
Roberto Clemente Game Used Bat
With the Brewers hosting Pittsburgh, an extra treat for fans will feature a legend with the Pirates, Roberto Clemente. His U1 model ash bat from 1969-1970 will be on display. The bat is 36-inches long and weighs 34-ounces.
Bat Making Demonstrations
Louisville Slugger has been making baseball bats since 1884. Another highlight of the mobile museum includes a fascinating hand-turning lathe demonstration that shows the "old-fashioned" way of carving bats by hand, using the same tools that date back to the 1800s.
Sign Ups for Free Museum Passes and Other Prizes
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky - less than 7 hours by car from Milwaukee. Louisville is a great weekend getaway, and fans will be able to sign up for free passes to the museum and other prizes.
"We're looking forward to a fun weekend of baseball with the great fans of the Brewers. Our team has put together an interactive experience customized especially for this Milwaukee versus Pittsburgh series," said Anne Jewell, Executive Director at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. "Rarely do we display these artifacts outside of the museum and we encourage Milwaukee's baseball fans to join us at Miller Park over the holiday weekend," she said.
Museum's Current Special Exhibit Features Amazing Replica of Miller Park, Made with LEGO® Brickes
Now through September 2nd, a special, original exhibit, Big Leagues, Little Bricks, is on display and features spectacular sculptures, portraits, and stadium replicas all built with LEGO® bricks.
The exhibition showcases renowned artist Sean Kenney, one of only 13 LEGO® Certified Professionals in the world. Kenney's pieces in Big Leagues, Little Bricks include hip portraits of baseball superstars, dynamic conceptual sculptures of iconic baseball moments and a show-stopping replica of historic Wrigley Field.
Another awesome piece on display is a replica of Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, built by Tim Kaebisch when he was a graduate student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Miller Park creation utilizes over 35,000 LEGO® bricks and has a retractable roof that actually moves.
Along with the stunning artwork, the exhibition also provides a hands-on opportunity for guests to build their own art created by LEGO bricks.
The exhibit joins an already impressive line-up at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Admission to the museum includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World's Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour.
The museum, which opened in 1996, remains one of Louisville's most popular attractions. The Louisville landmark features a wide range of exhibits, including Hold a Piece of History where visitors can hold game-used bats from some of the game's greatest hitters. Visitors can also face down a 90-mph fastball, check out more than 6,000 autographs from major leaguers, and watch bats being made on every tour.
As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour.
To Purchase Milwaukee Brewers Tickets
Tickets are available and can be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office and at Brewers.com or call (414) 902-4000.
About Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory:
Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Award-winning factory tour, newly renovated galleries with interactive exhibits, historic memorabilia, the World's Biggest Bat, and more. Create a Louisville Slugger bat with your very own name on it, just like the pros. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 West Main Street, is open Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+), $6 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, log on to sluggermuseum.com or call 502-588-7228.
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