With baseball legend Yogi Berra and his wife, Carmen cutting the ribbon, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center located on the campus of Montclair State University reopened on June 12, 2011 after extensive renovations. First opened to the public in 1998, the museum had been closed for nine months while undergoing a $3.2 million expansion and refashioning of the exhibit gallery and theater.
The center now features a gleaming glass-box atrium and lobby and an interactive exhibit gallery featuring never-before-seen photos and artifacts from Berra’s career. Among them are a dazzling display of championship rings—Yogi’s 10 rings as a player are the most in baseball history—and the jersey he wore while catching Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
The hub of all the museum’s public and educational programs now take place in the new Jay and Patty Baker Theater, where films are shown during regular hours. The museum is open Wednesdays to Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m., except on days of New Jersey Jackals minor-league baseball games, when it will remain open until 7 p.m.
The Museum, a not-for-profit sports education organization, was redesigned to accommodate more students and groups and give visitors greater insight into the extraordinary life and career of Yogi Berra, whose values are the inspiration and foundation of the Museum and Learning Center.