The USGA Golf Museum and Library is the nation’s oldest sports museum and the world’s leading institution for the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of golf history. Our collections, the world’s largest and most significant related to the game of golf, serve as the foundation of our diverse roles, services and initiatives.
In 1935, Executive Committee member George W. Blossom Jr. proposed the USGA create a golf museum. However, there was little space to store or display artifacts in the Association’s New York City headquarters. When a new, sizable location for USGA offices was found in January 1936, the Executive Committee formally voted to establish a museum and to collect and exhibit “implements, balls, etchings, photographs, literature and similar articles pertaining to the game of golf.” Soon, the humble hallway displays were filled with iconic artifacts donated by the game’s most celebrated players and administrators who wished to preserve their legacies and inspire future generations.
From that time on, the USGA Golf Museum and Library has been a prominent part of each USGA headquarters, growing larger and more sophisticated with the ever-multiplying collection. The current state-of-the-art Museum in the historic John Russell Pope House has been expanded twice since the USGA’s 1972 relocation to Liberty Corner, N.J. with the addition of the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in 2008 and the Jack Nicklaus Room in 2015.
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The USGA has established a Matching Gift Campaign for supporters of the USGA Golf Museum and Library. The USGA will match any endowed gift made to the USGA Golf Museum and Library dollar for dollar up to $500,000 per year, before December 31, 2024. To learn more about how your donations allow us to acquire, preserve and celebrate golf history, see our Fundraising Brochure.
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