Few could argue Indiana’s claim to being “Basketball Capital of the World”, and the museum of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is the shrine that celebrates its roundball heritage.
As you walk into the building you traverse bricks with the names of legendary players and teams, and are surrounded by flags that represent each regional champion from the previous season’s boys’ and girls’ state tournaments. Upon entering the museum, local curators show a brief film on the history of the state’s high school tournament.
The tournament was made famous in the 1986 film Hoosiers, with the film itself inspired by the 1954 Indiana State Champions from Milan High School. The museum has an abundance of memorabilia on display from the Milan championship team, as well as numerous other local high school and college legends including Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Rick Mount, and John Wooden.
The institution also features interactive displays allowing visitors to make a game-winning shot or try their hand at being an announcer. Whether you are interested in the history of basketball as a sport or Indiana as a state, the Basketball Hall of Fame is an essential experience.
Know Before You Go
From the website: From the South: Take I-70 to the State Road 3 exit (#123). Go north 4 miles to the fifth stoplight. Turn right onto Trojan Lane. From the North: Stay on State Road 3 though New Castle. Turn left at the Ameriana Bank sign and the Shell station.