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“Not worth the time or money”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Sports Museum

The Sports Museum
Ranked #182 of 382 things to do in Boston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fun for the entire family, this museum highlights New England's athletes and teams through video footage, memorabilia and interactive exhibits. General Admission: $12 Seniors (65 +): $6 Students (10-18): $6 Children under 10: FREE Active Duty Military and their families: FREE WITH VALID ID Participating Library Members: FREE
Rockville, Maryland
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“Not worth the time or money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2010

I was less than impressed with the sports museum. I am a huge hockey fan and was looking forward to learning some of the Bruins' storied history, but the museum is mostly pictures without any information. I saw a few spots that correlated with a headseat recording, but I was not offered any listening device. There were very few stories about the players or the teams that make Boston sports so great. It took quite a bit of time to walk through the museum, but I don't feel like I gained much from the experience.

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“Hard to find but worth it, get to see the garden from the expensive seats”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

We went to the sprots musuem inside the garden on sept 21st 2010. it was not reall advertised and not easy to find. we asked inside the garden and someone told us " it is here, got to the box offiec and ask for tickets". No signs for it anywhere.
But it is a great experience for a sports fan. it is on the 5th and 6th floors and you cirlce the arena and get to see the box seats. bars that only the well off get to see during game time.
Cool experience but no interactive displays, mostley pictures but still cool trip down memory lane

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“Memorabilia and more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2010

I visited the Sports Museum of NE for the first time today with my three children- ages 9, 11, and 14. We all gave the museum a "thumbs up" and spent about an hour and a half exploring the exhibits and participating in the "behind the scenes" tour. The museum is located in TD Garden and is unique because the exhibits are in the halls of the fifth and sixth floor so you have a contrast of the old and new- memorabilia mixed between the current luxury boxes and views of the Garden floor where the Bruins and Celtics play. Consequently, if you plan to go, check the website first, because the museum is closed if there is an event at the Garden.

The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. You are able to tour the exhibits at your own pace and the collection is extensive, covering the major New England professional teams as well as college athletics, boxing, fishing, the Boston Marathon, local figure skating legends, and more. The highlight of the museum though is the behind the scenes tour of the Boston Garden. The tour guide takes you into the visitors' locker rooms for hockey and basketball, walks you through the equipment storage area (with the famed parquet floor stacked up; the Bruins nets, etc.), and takes you onto the Garden floor.
The only change I would suggest would be to include a few more interactive exhibits. Overall, if you are a fan of New England sports, even if only slightly, I would recommend visiting the Sports Museum of New England.

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“Slam Dunk!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2006

Upon entering, I was impressed with the size of the museum and quantity of artifacts. I enjoyed the interactive exhibits and audios for the displays. The staff was extremely helpful and gave us a background on the Garden. Having this be a self guided tour, we had plenty of time to soak up the sports atmosphere, and even take a seat in a penalty box and seats from the old Boston Garden!

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“Good Sports”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2005

An excellent collection of New England sports. The entrance was a bit difficult to find, but once inside, we were treated to first class service by the knowledgable staff. Because it's located inside the FleetCenter, we could look out and see the arena itself (the day we visited they were doing a changeover for that evening's Celtics game, so we got a "behind the scenes" view of the bull gang at work).

The museum is not just about the FleetCenter or even Boston. They cover all sports in New England including hockey, football, baseball, basketball, boxing, skating, the Olympics and even bicycle racing. In addition to an extensive collection of artifacts, we were impressed by the artwork including paintings, photography and sculpture.

If you're a long time Boston sports fan you're in for a trip down memory lane; if you're new to the area or a tourist you'll learn a lot about the great heritage of New England sports.

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