United States Golf Association Museum
The nation's oldest sports museum is a true New Jersey treasure. The United States Golf Association (USGA) Museum, located in Far Hills, re-opened in 2008 after a three-year renovation and expansion project that positions the museum as the country's foremost center for the study and celebration of golf history. Founded in April 1936, the museum is home to more than 70,000 artifacts documenting the game's greatest moments and champions.
The Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History was completed in 2008 and contains a 5,000-square-foot exhibition gallery, a research library and state-of-the-art storage rooms. Central to the experience is a clerestory-lit rotunda called the Hall of Champions, which houses all 15 of the USGA's original national championship trophies. Bronze wall plaques around the room commemorate every USGA championship and champion from 1895 to present. Rooms dedicated to specific champions include golf greats such as Ben Hogan, Mickey Wright and Jack Nicklaus.
Exhibit highlights include Francis Ouimet's stunning victory in the 1913 U.S. Open, Babe Didrikson Zaharias' heroic comeback from cancer to win the 1954 U.S. Women's Open and Tiger Woods' remarkable win in the 2000 U.S. Open. Personal stories, video presentations and interactives offer a multimedia presentation of golf history and the USGA's role as the sport's governing authority.
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