More than a permanent tribute to Jackie Robinson’s legacy, the Museum will serve as a venue for vibrant dialogue on critical social issues and innovative educational programming.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is proud to bring this multi-layered story to the general public with the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum, which will inspire visitors to embrace the humanitarian values that defined Robinson’s life and continue working toward “first class citizenship” for all Americans.
Jackie Robinson Museum is slated to open in Spring, 2022.
Overall NYC imprint
Space dedicated to the legacy of Jackie Robinson
Museum Components: Main pantheon, three flexible galleries, 75 seat theater, retail space, classrooms, and archive room
Collected over generations of Jackie Robinson's family and friends
Cartons with more than 40,000 Images & Scans
Over 450 hours of broadcast quality video footage
The Jackie Robinson Museum will celebrate the enduring legacy of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century. The exhibition will chronicle Jackie Robinson’s trailblazing achievements against the backdrop of United States history, from his birth in 1919 to today. Invoking Robinson’s role as a champion for racial, social, and economic equality, the Museum’s programming will place an emphasis on dialogue around critical issues that continue to challenge our society.
To educate visitors about Jackie Robinson, the athlete, activist, patriot, entrepreneur, and family man.
To inspire those interested in the history of social change and the prescription for greater progress.
To challenge people of all ages to pursue a life of achievement and purpose.
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field for his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was the beginning of an unparalleled career in baseball. At the end of his explosive nine years as a Dodger, his record included a .311 batting average, 137 home runs, 734 runs batted in, and 197 stolen bases. In 1955, he helped the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees to win their first World Series Championship. Robinson took home the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, the Most Valuable Player Award in 1949, and in 1962 became the first African American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Located at One Hudson Square in New York City, the Museum will explore Robinson’s unwavering commitment to social justice and equal opportunity. It will be a prominent stop on existing cultural routes in New York City and environs, and a venue for lectures, concerts, and other events.
The Museum seeks to bring people from all walks together to commune and appreciate each other’s humanity and diverse experiences. It will serve as a forum for debate and discussion reflecting the ways in which we as a society can make progress by working together to solve difficult social issues and by appreciating how one life can make a difference.
In 2006, the Jackie Robinson Foundation launched a $42 million Legacy Campaign to (1) relocate the Foundation’s headquarters, (2) construct the Jackie Robinson Museum and (3) establish an operational endowment to fund the museum’s programmatic activities. More than 1,000 supporters have helped the campaign raise $34.1 million.