Jackie Robinson Museum Slated for 2019 Opening

A central pantheon will highlight the trailblazing Dodgers player's impact on civil rights in the U.S. All images courtesy the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Construction has commenced on New York’s Jackie Robinson Museum after a decade-long wait caused by the Great Recession. Designed by Gensler and Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the 18,500-square-foot museum will open in Manhattan’s SoHo district in 2019.

The museum will be installed within the ground floor of One Hudson Square, anchored by a central permanent exhibition in a central pantheon that will inform visitors of Robinson’s role in the civil rights movement. The pantheon will feature nine graphic panels, scrims, and projections that showcase how the trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers player broke the color barrier in baseball. Panels will also retract to form walls of an arena setting to provide additional space for larger events. Multimedia pillars will also be outfitted along with a 75-seat theater.

Images courtesy the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Approximately $23.5 million has been raised so far to cover museum costs, which are expected to total $42 million—the same as Robinson’s uniform number.