National Museum of Racing Resumes Construction on Hall of Fame Education Experience Project

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame recently resumed construction on its new Hall of Fame Education Experience after a two-month delay.

Work was shut down after the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent “New York State on PAUSE” executive order.

The Museum, which was already closed for the renovations since January, was originally scheduled to open to the public on July 16, coinciding with opening day at Saratoga Race Course. A new opening date for the Museum will be announced later this summer.

“We’re excited that we are able to move forward with the Hall of Fame Education Experience,” said Cate Johnson, the Museum’s director. “This is an important project for the Museum and the sport of Thoroughbred racing, and we look forward to sharing it with everyone as soon as possible. The work is going well, and we are adhering to all state regulations and best practices related to health and safety.”

The Hall of Fame Education Experience will feature a reimagined and dynamic new Hall of Fame, including a state-of-the-art signature film and cutting-edge interactive Hall of Fame digital plaques. New digital inductee plaques will include an in-depth multi-media look at the lives and careers of each human and equine member of the Hall of Fame. The project also includes a complete renovation of the adjoining Race Day Gallery and other updates throughout the Museum.

The new Hall of Fame is designed to inspire existing and new fans with an understanding of the deep level of mastery of craft required of Thoroughbreds, jockeys, trainers, owners, and breeders to reach the highest levels of the sport, as well as establish a new standard for dramatic and immersive interactive experiences throughout the Museum.

To date, the Museum has raised more than $13 million toward the Hall of Fame Education Experience, which was announced in August 2018. The project’s campaign goal is $20 million. For more information or to donate to the Hall of Fame Education Experience by phone, please contact project manager Cathy Marino at (518) 584-0400 ext. 112, or you can donate by check to:

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Attn: Hall of Fame Education Experience  
191 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

For a closer look at the Museum’s vision for the new Hall of Fame Experience, please visit the Hall of Fame website and click on “More Information” to play an informational video on the landing page.

For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, please call (518) 584-0400 or visit our website at