The USGA Golf Museum and Library's collections include more than 70,000 catalogued artifacts, 750,000 photographs, 100,000 library items and 200,000 hours of footage.
More than 2,000 of these artifacts and library items are on display for visitors to experience, including three of the most famous clubs in golf: Bob Jones' putter "Calamity Jane II," Ben Hogan's 1-iron from the 1950 U.S. Open and the "Moon Club." Museum visitors can expect to experience the game of golf through the lens of history, connect with golf's legendary champions and relive the game's greatest moments through the rooms and exhibits described below.
The Hall of Champions
The Hall of Champions, the signature architectural space in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History, celebrates every USGA champion and championship to date. The oval rotunda, illuminated by a clerestory, houses the original 16 USGA national championship trophies, while the names of every USGA champion are inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the room. To preview the Hall of Champions please see the following link: Celebrating Greatness: Inside the Hall of Champions.
The Permanent Galleries
The Museum's permanent galleries tell the story of golf in America, from the late 19th century to the present. Amidst the diverse stories represented by artifacts, documents and art, each gallery focuses on an iconic moment—champions and events that are pivotal to understanding the growth, evolution, and significance of the game in our nation’s history. These moments include:
- Francis Ouimet’s historic victory in the 1913 U.S. Open
- Bob Jones’ Grand Slam achievement in 1930
- The Great Depression and its impact on democratizing the game
- The heroic comebacks of Ben Hogan at the 1950 U.S. Open and Babe Didrikson Zaharias at the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open
- The rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the 1960 and 1962 U.S. Opens
- Tiger Woods’s victory at the 2000 U.S. Open and the emergence of a global game
As part of the permanent galleries, the Pope House features rooms named for Arnold Palmer, Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Mickey Wright and Jack Nicklaus. These galleries feature the foremost collections related to these legendary players and document their remarkable accomplishments, both on and off the course. For more information on the Jack Nicklaus Room and Mickey Wright Room, please see below.
Jack Nicklaus Room
Mickey Wright Room
In addition to the permanent galleries, the USGA Museum rotates exhibit space to showcase diverse stories and artifacts from the collection. Please see below for more information on the Museum’s current and most recent special exhibits. For other rotating exhibits, please check the Events and Closures Calendar.
The Art of the Golf Course (2019-21)
Breaking New Ground: Women and Golf Course Architecture (2016-18)
More Than A Game (2014-16)
The John Russell Pope House
In 1919, celebrated architect John Russell Pope designed the stately brick estate that has served as the home of the USGA Golf Museum since 1972. The Pope House retains much of its original character in both its well-preserved interior and exterior features and serves as a tangible example of American architectural styles and local history. For more information on the history of the Pope House, please see the following link: A Milestone for the Pope House.
Information for Potential Donors
Every year, many artifacts, books and archival materials are added to the USGA Golf Museum and Library’s collections through the generosity of individuals and organizations. These donations help us fulfill our mission as caretakers of the game’s history. For information on our Collections Policy and Frequently Asked Questions please click see the following link: Information for Potential Donors.