The freshly redeveloped Australian Sports Museum, located at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, brings the stories of Australian sport to life.
Due to reopen to the public when restrictions permit, there is a lot to look forward to as the Australian Sports Museum draws visitors into the action, while they explore all facets of Australian sporting culture in a fun and playful way.
With a focus on cutting edge technology and immersive experiences, from touch screens and avatars, to climbable objects and sporting challenges, visitors explore, play and discover their way through the Olympics, Australian football, cricket, horse racing and more. Along the way they will uncover how grassroots and elite sport shapes Australian lives and national identity.
Formerly known as the National Sports Museum, the Australian Sports Museum also features a number of special sports stars sharing first-hand accounts of their sporting story.
A highlight amongst these is the life-size 3D hologram of dual Australian Football League (AFL) Premiership and Richmond star, Bachar Houli. The All-Australian defender talks candidly with visitors, taking them through his experiences at the elite AFL level, from the emotions of first being selected, through to Richmond’s 2017 fairy tale Grand Final win.
The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is the custodian and manager of the MCG and the Australian Sports Museum. MCC President Michael Happell says, “Whether you are playing at the grassroots or witnessing the greats, sport is all about passion, excitement and energy, and that is exactly what we are delivering with the new Australian Sports Museum.”
“Through new technology and creative, ever-changing displays, visitors will be able to experience, not just observe, the stories and moments that make up Australia’s sporting identity,” he added.
A personal guided tour of the Australian Sports Museum is included in the MCG Private Tour Experience. This unforgettable behind-the-scenes, VIP tour of the MCG and Melbourne Cricket Club includes the opportunity to step out onto the hallowed turf and areas others could only dream of, as well as the option to upgrade and enjoy some Victorian beverages and an artisan style gourmet platter, in one of the MCC’s renowned hospitality venues.
Both the Australian Sports Museum and MCG Tours will reopen to the public when public health restrictions are lifted.