BOSTON – This fall, visitors will experience football like never before at the Museum of Science for the New England premiere, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Opening October 8, Gridiron Glory is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibition ever created on America’s most popular sport. Visitors will get closer to the game through the exhibits’ many artifacts, award-winning photos, NFL Films footage, interactive and immersive experiences, and a special hometown section with unique artifacts from the New England Patriots, during its limited engagement at the Museum of Science.
The exhibit covers all the phases of the game allowing visitors to learn the science behind the game and get to know the inspirational stories of its pioneers, coaches, and star players, including those who broke down barriers—demonstrating how the sport is a microcosm for changing attitudes about equality and opportunity. Exhibit components challenge both mind and body, including an active “Training Camp” space for kicking and passing, challenges from the Combine including the vertical and broad jump, and the chance to step into the officials’ shoes in the Instant Replay booth. More than 200 Hall of Fame artifacts, award-winning photographs, one-of-a-kind documents and storied footage from the NFL Films’ archives will be on display through January 7, 2018.
“Gridiron Glory presents an opportunity for fans to experience the intersection of sports, society and science,” said Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science. “Through exhibits, programs and events we are committed to developing new ways to engage people of all ages and interests. With New England’s incomparable love of football, we hope to attract a new wave of science enthusiasts spanning all generations.”
Visitors will explore the connection between football and science through sports science interactives and artifacts showing the technological advances of equipment. The Museum of Science has also created original, supplemental exhibit components to enhance the science behind the game and local connections to the sport, including athletic challenges and opportunities to test cognitive skills. A section focused on provocative questions will present topics for consideration such as the pros and cons of contact sports for youth.
“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to extend the experience of the Hall of Fame beyond our walls in Canton, Ohio,” said Joe Horrigan, Executive Vice President at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Gridiron Glory is designed to galvanize fans in a compelling way and provides a perfect platform for us to reach new audiences."
Local football aficionados will especially appreciate the exhibit’s displays of New England Patriots artifacts. The team has played a major role in the sport dating back to the days of playing at Fenway Park, Harvard Stadium, Boston College, and finally, Foxboro. Patriots-specific components include:
franchise for the AFL, November 18, 1959
Gridiron Glory is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission: $25 for adults, $21 for seniors (60+), and $20 for children (3-11). For more information, call 617/723-2500 or visit www.mos.org.
Gridiron Glory and its national tour were developed by The Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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