The mission of the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store is to inform and educate people about the history, service, goals and initiatives of Little League Baseball and Softball.
This has been achieved by obtaining and curating artifacts and archival materials from the world’s largest organized youth sports program, and carefully presenting them in a way that is both informative and entertaining.
Hundreds of these artifacts on display are organized for research and educational purposes, and are used in exhibits to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Thousands more are curated in the archives of the museum.
The Little League Baseball® Museum originally opened in 1982. Each year since then, it has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors.
The museum was closed for a complete renovation from September 1, 2012 until June 6, 2013. As a result, the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store was transformed into one of the world’s finest sports institutions. Its re-opening kicked off a 14-month celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary.
The focus of the museum shifted from simply telling the story of Little League’s past to a more dynamic presentation of how Little League has intertwined with U.S. and world history, and even helped to shape history. The museum explains how Little League became the world’s leader not only in the number of participants, but in sports safety as well.
The Little League story unfolds in a self-guided experience that follows the concept of a six inning Little League game. The exhibits feature a rich mixture of authentic Little League heritage, artifacts and images, cutting-edge interactives and immersive media. All of this brings home the overall mission of Little League Baseball and Softball, which is to provide these sports to as many worldwide communities as possible.
The museum experience begins and ends with the Official Little League Store. Visitors wishing to experience the museum, as well as those who simply want to shop for the perfect gift or souvenir, are welcomed throughout the year.