Sports Museum of America
Each sport’s gallery has a unique design, both inventive and well-executed – one of the big surprises about the SMA. I expected all the artifacts and some films and collages, but came away impressed with the thought and creativity that went into each module. In the auto racing room, which is dominated by Jimmie Johnson’s Nascar car, through portholes you can view drivers’ helmets, shoes, and memorabilia; mesh covers the windows, transforming into a giant screen onto which an oval race is projected. Neat floor projections show a woman swimming the length of the Women’s Sports Center. The theater world should come here and take notes.