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Winter Activities and Events at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

01/31/12 6:17 PM EST

Reds pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training in Arizona on February 18, and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum offers many activities and events for guests as we begin to count down the days until baseball begins anew in 2012.

Our newest offering expands the Scotts Great American Ball Park tour into a Major League Clubhouse Tour. This new two hour tour takes guests along the path of a regular ball park tour, but it also includes visits to the Reds clubhouse, the visitors' clubhouse, the field level media room, and the radio and television broadcast booths. These locations in Great American Ball Park are rarely seen by the general public, and it's a premium opportunity available for a limited time. The Major League Clubhouse Tours are offered only on Saturdays through March 17, and tours begin at 2:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased on the museum's web site, via phone, and at the museum box office. Space is limited, so be sure to lock in your spots early.

The standard Scotts Great American Ball Park tours are also available on winter Saturdays at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. These ninety minute guided tours bring visitors into areas such as the press box, the diamond club, and the dugouts, and the tours afford a great way to learn about the history of the franchise and the current home of the Reds. Tickets for these tours can be purchased via phone and at the museum box office.

Fans can also spend several hours immersed in over one hundred years of Cincinnati baseball history on a self-guided tour of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Unlike tours of the ball park that have set start times, guests can tour the museum at their convenience from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesdays through Sundays during the winter months. It's a great time to get one last look at the Johnny Bench Exhibit, as well as explore the many other exhibit spaces at a more leisurely pace compared to a summer game day. We also have museum scavenger hunts available for students and families that help make the Hall of Fame experience more educational and entertaining. Simply ask a staff person at the museum box office for a copy during your next visit.

For history buffs, baseball historian Mel Marmer will again be with us during President's Day weekend to present a lecture that links the sport of baseball with the men who have served in the office of President of the United States. Mr. Marmer's informative presentation includes pictures, historical accounts, and trivia associated with the Presidency and our national pastime. The talk is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 18 in the Hall of Fame Theater and is free with museum admission. Also during President's Day weekend, the museum will have a display of William Howard Taft artifacts loaned to us by the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. A Cincinnati native, Taft was the first United States President to throw a ceremonial first pitch prior to a major league baseball game.

Another first for the Reds Hall of Fame will be occurring during the first half of March with "The Art of Winning" Art Exhibition. This inaugural museum art show will run from March 2 to March 16 and is open to submissions utilizing painting, photography, sculpture, illustration, graphic art, fabric art, or jewelry. The show will be limited to thirty total entries, and a cash prize will be awarded to the piece judged "Best In Show." Those interested in submitting a piece of art may call the museum for more details on the registration and submission process.

Even though Opening Day 2012 is still several months away, many exciting activities are available for guests to enjoy during the winter months at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum...where baseball is always in season.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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