LOS ANGELES — The Sports Museum of Los Angeles, which houses the immense collection amassed over more than three decades by Gary Cypres, has reopened to the public at 1900 S. Main St. The museum filled 32,000 square feet in one of real estate developer’s buildings. It was open to the public briefly in 2009, but closed. Cypres used the space to hold the collection but the cost of operating it publicly were exorbitant; it nonetheless remained accessible to tour groups and rentals for special events.
The collecting cornerstones of the museum are his Dodgers Collection, thousands of items from the Brooklyn team in the 1890s to today’s team. The collection features numerous Jackie Robinson items and other notables from the Boys of Summer team of 1955. The New York native also has devoted space to game-worn jerseys and other items from his favorite New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford. He’s also particularly proud of a collection of baseball-related folk art; and a gallery focused on the Los Angeles Rams.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $9 for children ages 5 to 12. Admission is free for active military and veterans.