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Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is dedicated to comprehensive, active and authoritative support and promotion of the Standardbred industry through documentation and preservation of the history and traditions of this American-born sport. The museum's historic collection includes more than 1,500 works of fine art; 1,000 pieces of ephemera (tickets, programs, scrapbooks, etc.); 5,000 photographs; 300 jackets, caps and helmets; 50 sulkies and harness; and 200 trophies. Items not on display are kept in safe, climate-controlled storage areas to protect them from deterioration.

The Harness Racing Museum pays tribute to trotters and pacers - and the men and women who have bred, trained, and raced them. Located in Goshen, not far from the birthplace of the legendary Hambletonian, the ancestor of 99 percent of all horses engaged in harness racing today.

Part of the museum is housed in the old Good Time Stables, erected in 1913 and displays a timeline of the sport. Throughout the exhibitons are artifacts relating to the greatest steeds of the sport, including Hambletonian, Dan Patch, and Goldsmith's Maid. In addition there are paintings of famed horses and a gallery of harness racing lithographs by Currier & Ives; exhibits on the breeding and training of the steeds; the first mobile starting gate; elaborately engraved trophies (including ones by Fabergé and Tiffany); and a 3D simulated ride that lets visitors experience the thrill of racing.

One room in the museum overlooks Goshen's Historic Track, established in 1838 and the oldest working racetrack in the country.

Visiting the Harness Racing Museum

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years Day.

Admission: Adults: $7.50, USTA Members/Seniors/AAA: $5.50, Students: $3.50, Children under 5: Free, Tour Group Rates: 10+ $4.00/person

Specifics on visiting the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
 
 
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