The sprawling two-month-old Sports Museum of Los Angeles, which chronicles baseball from its infancy and details the Dodgers move from their Brooklyn beginnings to Chavez Ravine, has closed its doors to the public.
The museum is “seeking a new building” to house its in-depth collection of sports memorabilia, which includes generations of vintage baseball cards, jerseys, bats, newspaper clippings, video clips, awards, and more.
“The decision to relocate the museum has been made as a result of the rising real estate value in the area coupled with major development plans for The SoLA Village Project located across the street,” a statement on the from the museum stated on Wednesday.
The SoLA Village Project is a $1 billion multi-use development slated for south of Washington Boulevard with plans to include residential, retail, and hotel space. The sports museum, which first opened in 2009 but was forced to close after just three months because of a lack of attendance, took another stab at success with a second debut in July of this year.
The site showcases the vast collection of Gary Cypres, a true baseball lover and avid collector who has accumulated more than 10,000 pieces of memorabilia over the past 30 years, including an extremely rare Honus Wagner trading card.
There were even plans to expand the museum in the future rotating seasonal exhibits and a Rams wing, celebrating the football team’s return to L.A.
After two false starts, Cypres is looking for new digs to house his collection.
In the words of Dodgers’ unofficial rally anthem by Journey: “Don’t stop believin’. Hold on to that feelin’.”
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