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Hot Spots: Penn State All-Sports Museum

Football season may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take a trip to Beaver Stadium to indulge in some sports. There’s an entire museum on the property devoted to the subject, with all sorts of great things in store, like Olympic Medals, or even the Heisman Trophy. Sarah Swistak takes you there, in this week’s “Hot Spots”.
Football season may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take a trip to Beaver Stadium to indulge in some sports.  There’s an entire museum on the property devoted to the subject, with all sorts of great things in store, like Olympic Medals, or even the Heisman Trophy.
 
Sarah Swistak takes you there, in this week’s “Hot Spots”.
 
"Welcome to the Penn state All Sports Museum," said Aimee Brown-Shadduck, the Programming and Education Coordinator for the Penn State All-Sports Museum.
 
Now in it’s 12th year, the Museum pays tribute to 34 current and former Varsity Sports.
 
"We have so many great stories within each one of those different sports,” said Brown-Shadduck.  “I think it's important to see all of them as a whole together.”
 
Whether you start on the first floor, or the second floor, your tour starts with the Nittany Lion.
 
"This is the original Nittany Lion. It was a mountain lion that roamed in Pennsylvania. This one was shot in the late 1800s," said Brown-Shadduck.
 
And it also served as the inspiration for the mascot as we know it today.
 
"Before we were the Nittany Lions, we were the S Men,” said Brown-Shadduck.
 
Walk through the doors of the museum, and you’ll be greeted by a video display and a giant timeline of sports history.
 
"And on the timeline, there's these bronze medallions, and that signifies a national championship," said Brown-Shadduck.
 
Fencing has 15 of those medallions, making it the winningest sport on the timeline.
 
"It just gives a real visual snapshot of where we've been, where we've come and where we're continuing to go," said Brown-Shadduck.
 
The museum is divided up into different sections for each sport, but what really makes this place shine for people of all ages, are the interactive displays around every corner.
 
"We have a lot of hands on activities or things that you can touch or feel in the museum,” said Brown-Shadduck.  “Which I think is kind of cool, and different from an art museum."
 
“It’s really cool,” said David Pyle, who is visiting the museum from Arizona.
 
“Yeah, it’s interesting,” agreed his brother, Gus Pyle.
 
And while it’s easy to take a self-guided tour, docents are available to show you around, and they are just a wealth of knowledge.
 
"They actually didn't bounce the basketball when they first played it,” said Brown-Shadduck.
 
You never know what you might learn, or what you might see.
 
"These are Coach Paterno's Glasses, his shoes, and his pants," said Brown-Shadduck.
 
"There's a lot to see, a lot of fun things to look at," said Gus.
 
The exhibits inside are constantly changing, so if you’ve been there before, head on back!  Because this is one Hot Spot that’s always getting bigger and better.

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