International Boxing Hall of Fame, Canastota

#186 of 510 in Museums in New York State
Specialty Museum · Museum
A boxing hotbed for over 100 years, Canastota, New York has a storied boxing history that includes bare-knuckle boxers (1800s), high school boxing teams (1920s - 50s) and two welterweight champions, Carmen Basilio (1955-56, 1956-57) and Billy Backus (1970-71). Basilio also held the middleweight championship (1957-58). The Hall offers exciting exhibits (fist castings, robes, shoes, championship belts, statues, Hall of Fame Wall, and audio/visual stations).

The Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend held the 2nd weekend of June is a four-day festival with events held both on-site and at other locations near the Hall of Fame. Thousands of boxing fans from around the world congregate to mingle with over 40 boxing legends and participate in over twenty events including a golf tournament, banquet, and parade. The highlight is the Official Induction Ceremony welcoming the newest members into the Hall of Fame.
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  • So when I called they said to budget 30-45 minutes. I was there for double that. Given that boxing has been around forever, but the HOF has only been around since 1990, I had hoped for more stuff...  more »
  • I don't know if people in the area understand what they have here. In a tiny town, but directly off the NYS thruway and a measly 25 minute drive from Syracuse, you have a spot that encompasses the...  more »
  • I have wanted to come here for a long time and was so glad I was finally able to make the trip here. Some of the equipment shown in the museum is over 100 years old, interesting to see the evolution of the gloves, protective gear etc. Great photos and displays throughout, friendly staff, a nice place to visit. I believe they are going to expand the museum at some point, that will be great as they will be able to showcase even more of the great selection of boxing history they have available.
  • We had a great first time visit , and will be returning. Dave , the manager was friendly and informative, gave us a brief mini tour and then allowed us to wonder about on our own. Was a smaller facility than I had imagined, but what a great collection of boxing memorabilia.
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