One of the things we did over our Christmas break was go to the US Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame. I saw the sign when we were driving to Seven Falls, I saw a sign for it and added it to our Bucket List. Since we had 2 weeks off, I did not want to spend the entire time sitting around the house so we planned a few things and this was one of them. We headed out one day and it was a fun time. The museum itself is very small, we were done in about an hour, and very affordable. All the kids got in for free and it was just $5 each for the grown ups.
The first part of the museum is the history of skating. See all the skates from the past were pretty cool. They were made of wood at first so that’s crazy to think about people doing jumps and spins in them. There were also several videos and collections of pictures that show how people do the various jumps. It was pretty interesting.
There were also several statues and other pieces of art throughout the building. People have been cruising around on ice for 100s of years so to see how they used to do it was interesting. Even more so was all the art that depicted all kinds of ice skating events. Of course, there are also Olympic medals on display and several costumes that have been donated by various skaters throughout history.
Downstairs there were more videos that showed famous skaters from the mid-20th century. There were a couple ice skaters who transcended skating to become film stars. Like ice skating movies, not just an ice skater acting off-ice. There were also several videos showing synchronized skating which I had never even heard of! Have you?
Finally there was a small library with books about historical skating as well as hundreds of skates being displayed. One cool thing was seeing the Olympic Torch from the 2002 Olympics. Seeing that and the medals was a highlight for me. This was also fun to show the kids as a way to get the hyped up for the Winter Olympics. I love figure skating during the Olympics so this was the perfect teaser for the main event.
What about you? Do you like ice skating?