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“A gem of a museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924
845-294-6330
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Goshen
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Housed in a Tudor-style building that was once William Cane's Good Time Stable, this museum honors the sport of harness racing through its history, its heroes and its story today.
Versailles
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This museum offers great insight into what was the most popular sport in the nation at one time. A true look at real Americana. If you have a short attention span like me, this is a perfect spot. You can see everything in less than an hour but come away with some knowledge of an important part of America's past. If you are in the area this is a must.

Visited July 2013
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Freehold, New Jersey
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“A charming way to spend an hour or a day - and it's free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I have been the Museum many times. There is no charge, so bring the kids or as many friends and family as you'd like. I suggest a trip in the morning, Monday through Saturday so you can look out the balcony on the second floor and see the horses training at adjacent Historic Track. The Museum is built around a historic old stable, with cobblestone floors and very thick oak stall doors. They even have a faint recording with faint clip clops of hooves to transport you back in time about 100 years. There is a 3D movie and many dynamic exhibits, including dress ups for the kids and a talking horse. On weekends in June and over 4th of July, there is racing at Historic Track right next door.

Visited July 2013
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Elkton, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great place to visit!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is a wonderful, hidden gem in Goshen, NY. We have been there for the Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies (usually held around July 4th) a few times and the staff does a great job planning this event. The whole little town of Goshen goes all out on Fourth of July weekend - they decorate their homes and business in tons of fresh flowers and yards and yards of red, white and blue bunting. The racetrack (behind the museum) is literally right in the center of town and the quality of racing is first-rate. The Museum is a must-see for both racing and non-racing fans alike. SOOO much history - very well presented with lots of hands-on exhibits. Oh, and don't forget the gift shop... We'll be going back this summer!!

Visited July 2013
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Wappingers Falls, New York
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Went for an event”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Would def go back for the exhibits. Seemed well organized. And the staff was extremely accommodating. Beautiful building with lots to explore.

Visited August 2013
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Chester, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Neat way to spend some time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I know next to nothing about harness racing. So I decided to go to the trotter museum with a friend. We ended up spending about an hour there. Two floors of very interesting reading, items from decades ago, and really cool images and mannequins. There are a few movies you can watch, too, and the hall of fame pieces are amazingly detailed. I wouldn't do it often, but I could see taking people there when they're in from out of town. Something interesting to do.

Visited November 2012
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