Collections and Exhibits

The USGA Museum houses the largest collection of golf artifacts and documents in the nation. (USGA Archives)

Exhibits and Artifacts

The USGA Golf Museum collection includes over 70,000 catalogued artifacts, 1 million photographs, 100,000 library items and 200,000 hours of footage. The Museum displays over 2,000 of these one-of-a-kind items in its interactive multimedia exhibits, including artifacts such as Bob Jones' putter "Calamity Jane II," Ben Hogan's 1-iron from the 1950 U.S. Open, the "Moon Club," and items from Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods.  

The Museum's exhibits and artifacts provide a unique opportunity to experience the game of golf through the lens of history, discover the development of an American pastime, connect with the golf's legendary champions, and relive the game's greatest moments.  

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

Jack Nicklaus Room USGA New Release 

Jack Nicklaus Room Opening Photo Gallery

Golfweek: Jack Nicklaus Room Opens at USGA Museum 

Mickey Wright Room

USGA Welcomes Mickey Wright Collection

A Night to Remember at Golf House 

The New York Times: Winning 82 Pro Titles With Best Swing Ever 

Special Exhibits

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 (2019-20)

USGA Museum Features "Art of the Golf Course" Exhibition 

The Art of the Golf Course Photo Gallery

Breaking New Ground: Women and Golf Course Architecture (2016-18) 

Breaking New Ground Official USGA News Release

Video: Alice Dye and Jan Bel Jan Speak on Golf Course Architecture

New USGA Exhibit Celebrates Women Pioneers

More Than A Game (2014-16)

Short Film: More Than A Game

Exhibit Opening and Symposium Photo Gallery

Video: More Than A Game Opens at USGA Museum

USGA Exhibit Showcases Powell and Clearview Golf Club

Symposium Offers Window to African-American Golf History

USGA Video Honored at ISHA Conference

More Than A Game Interviews: Part 1: Clearview Golf Course; Part 3: U.S. Open; Part 4: Career of Calvin Peete; Part 5: Future for Minorities in Golf; Part 6: Renee Powell Girls' Junior 

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.