Jackie Robinson Museum

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson took the field to play first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier throughout Major League Baseball. Robinson’s recruitment by Dodgers president Branch Rickey became known as Baseball’s Great Experiment. The Experiment succeeded and Robinson’s ardent crusade for opportunity forever altered the social and economic landscape of the country – helping to set the stage for the modern Civil Rights Movement.

To those who bore witness to Robinson’s electrifying play and commanding courage, or shared his journey through the Civil Rights Movement, his memory remains alive. However, many among today’s generation have not been exposed to his heroic legacy.

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.

 

Campaign Donors
(To-date)

  • Anheuser Busch
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Phil Knight
  • Yawkey Foundation
  • City of New York
  • Owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Major League Baseball
  • Joseph J. Plumeri Foundation
  • New York Mets
  • Citi
  • Strada Education Network
  • Arthur Hayes
  • Hess Corporation
  • Michael Jackson Trust
  • New York Yankees
  • Stephen Ross
  • Lewis Family Foundation
  • Tull Family Foundation
  • Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

Amount Raised:

 
  •  $34.1M / $42M
    Campaign Goal
 

Concept

The Jackie Robinson Museum will be located at One Hudson Square in New York City. More than a permanent tribute to Jackie Robinson’s pioneering legacy, it will serve as a venue for vibrant dialogue on critical social issues and as a destination for innovative educational programming.

The Museum will explore Robinson’s unswerving 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 that 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 understating how one life can make a difference.

Mission

  • 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.

Design Components

  • 18,500 sq. ft.
  • Pantheon filled with artifacts and interactive kiosks
  • Flexible galleries to host traveling exhibits
  • Retail space
  • Classroom space

Location

One Hudson Square, 75 Varick
Street (@Canal Street);
Lower Manhattan, NYC
(just north of One World Trade
Center and Freedom Tower
complex); 1st & 2nd floors of a 16-
story building.

  VIEW LOCATION

Accessibility

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Adjacent to Holland Tunnel queue.

100,000 cars daily will pass the Museum storefront.

ALUMNI DONORS