New Exhibits & Changes Set for Penn State All-Sports Museum
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 12, 2007 - To honor the long standing tradition of academic and athletic success by Penn State student-athletes, the Penn State All-Sports Museum will unveil its new Academic All-American exhibit in time for Blue-White Weekend Presented by PHEAA.
Located in the museum¡¯s lobby, the Academic All-American wall will honor scholar athletes from all 29 of Penn State¡¯s varsity sports and will give recognition to all those who have achieved this special recogntion.
Also, stay tuned for Penn State ¡°On Air.¡± Opening August 31, this new interactive exhibit will feature the media professionals who have covered Penn State sports through the years. Come learn about your favorite journalists and hear your favorite broadcasters calling moments from games past.
The museum has made recent additions to the men¡¯s basketball and men¡¯s soccer exhibits. The basketball used during the Nittany Lions¡¯ record-breaking 129-111 victory over the Virginia Military Institute on December 30, 2006 is on display. The 129 points was the highest score ever recorded by the men¡¯s basketball team. In addition, a game ball, jersey and official scorebook from the Nittany Lions¡¯ historic 66-65 win over No. 6 Illinois during the 2005-06 season is on display. The win snapped a 33-game home winning streak for the Illini and marked the highest ranked foe Penn State has defeated on the road.
The varsity jacket earned by soccer lettermen and goalkeeper Mike Kirschner during the 1964-65 seasons also is a new feature at the museum.
As of Sunday, April 15, the Penn State All-Sports Museum will begin asking for admissions donations from patrons. The suggested amount will be $5 for adults and $3 for children, students, and senior citizens. These donations will assist in funding all of the Museum¡¯s activities, from exhibits to programming, and will aid the staff in properly preserving Penn State¡¯s storied athletic past.
To date, the Penn State All-Sports Museum has welcomed more than 145,000 visitors through the doors to view the relics, learn the history and meet some of the outstanding student-athletes behind all of the university's varsity sports programs, past and present.
The Penn State All-Sports museum and gift shop¡¯s normal operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. each week. The museum is closed on Monday. The museum will have extended hours of operation during Blue-White Weekend. The museum will be open on Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m-8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m-4 p.m. The museum will be closed on gameday as it is on home football Saturdays.
Complete visitor information on Penn State's All-Sports Museum can be found at the official website of Penn State Athletics, www.GoPSUsports.com.