List of halls and walks of fame

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Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles, California, where honorees are named on plaques surrounded by stars
Walhalla hall-of-fame temple, Germany

A hall, wall, or walk of fame is a list of individuals, achievements, or other entities, usually chosen by a group of electors, to mark their excellence or fame in their field. In some cases, these halls of fame consist of actual halls or museums that enshrine the honorees with sculptures, plaques, and displays of memorabilia and general information regarding the inducted recipients. Sometimes, the honorees' plaques may instead be posted on a wall (hence a "wall of fame") or inscribed on a sidewalk (as in a "walk of fame", "walk of stars", or "avenue of fame"). In other cases, the hall of fame is more figurative and consists of a list of names of noteworthy people and their achievements and contributions. The lists are maintained by an organization or community, and may be national, state, local, or private.


The term "hall of fame" first appeared in German with the Ruhmeshalle, built in 1853 in Munich.[1] The Walhalla memorial in Bavaria was conceived in 1807 and built between 1830 and 1842. Inspired by the Ruhmeshalle, the English-language term was popularised in the United States by the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, a sculpture gallery completed in 1900 and officially dedicated in 1901. Located in the Bronx in New York City, it is on the campus of Bronx Community College (until 1973 the University Heights campus of New York University).

The meaning of fame has changed over the years, originally meaning 'renown' for achievement, as opposed to today's more common meaning of 'celebrity'.[2]

Halls of fame[edit]


Aviation and space[edit]



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

Show business, media, and theater[edit]


At least 13 writers' halls of fame exist in the United States alone, or at least 10 besides four songwriters' ones listed above in "Music" section. These provide recognition of life-time bodies of work by authors, whether living or dead, as opposed to being awards for individual works.

Sports and games[edit]

Multiple sports[edit]

College sports[edit]


Association football[edit]

Australian rules football[edit]

Baseball and softball[edit]


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts




Gridiron football[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio

Horse racing[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]


Martial arts[edit]


Professional wrestling[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]


Water polo[edit]

Winter sports[edit]

Board and card games[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Cowboy and rodeo[edit]


Hall of Fame for Great Americans, New York

Walls of fame[edit]

Walks of fame[edit]

The Vyborg Walk of Actor's Fame along the Krepostnaya Street in Vyborg, Russia

See also[edit]


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  8. ^ Requena, Pablo (1 August 2015). "Un 'Paseo de la Fama' en Almería (con ruta ociosa incluida)". Weeky. La agenda Pirata de la provincia de Almería (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
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  10. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved May 20, 2023.
  11. ^ "Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  12. ^ "The Names of Munira Bulatova and Salavat Fatkhutdinov Light up on the Alley of Stars in Kazan" Archived 2007-11-10 at the Wayback Machine (На Аллее звезд в Казани зажглись имена Муниры Булатовой и Салавата Фатхудтинова)
  13. ^ "Piotrkowska 65–67". Urząd Miasta Łodzi. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  14. ^ "Piotrkowska 71–77". Urząd Miasta Łodzi. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  15. ^ "Piotrkowska 76–78". Urząd Miasta Łodzi. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  16. ^ "Hotel Grand". Urząd Miasta Łodzi. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  17. ^ "Walk of Western Stars". Archived from the original on 2021-03-07. Retrieved 2021-02-27.

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