skip to main content

About the USGA Golf Museum and Library

Inside the Hall of Champions, visitors can see all of the USGA's original championship trophies as well as the names of every USGA champion. (USGA Archives)

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. 

Our Mission

The USGA Golf Museum and Library preserves and celebrates the history of golf. We foster an appreciation of the game worldwide through collections stewardship, education and outreach. 

Our History

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.

Virtual Museum Tours

Should you wish to experience the Museum and our world-class collections from the comfort of your home, we offer virtual Museum tours.
Conducted by our Historian, on select dates, these interactive tours will feature photographs, artifacts, and video clips to bring to life the rich history of Americn golf. To sign up, please see the following link to the final tour of 2022:  
December 15, 2022 (3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT): USGA Golf Museum and Library Virtual Tour
To virtually walk through the halls of the Museum and explore our exhibits and select artifacts, check out the USGA Golf Museum & Library 360 Tour presented by Deloitte. 

Support the Museum and Library

To make a donation to the USGA Golf Museum and Library in support of our mission to preserve and celebrate golf history, please contact the USGA Foundation

Follow us on Facebook! 

For exciting golf history content and USGA Golf Museum and Library updates check out our Facebook page