Australians are being invited to get back in the game and get their long overdue sporting fix with a visit to the Australian Sports Museum which has just reopened.
The museum had just completed an award-winning, $17 million makeover in February 2020 when, two weeks later, it closed due to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, after months with no sport being played across the state, visitors will be able to once again immerse themselves in everything from Australian Rules Football to the Olympics as they explore the Australian Sports Museum’s interactive and creative displays. From life-sized holograms and climbable objects to avatars and priceless sporting artefacts, the Australian Sports Museum brings the stories of Australian sport to life in a fun and playful way. Featuring 95 different sports – spanning the grassroots to the elite – and an even split of male and female representation, visitors can not only see themselves in the exhibits, but the diverse sporting culture of Australia.
Stuart Fox, CEO of the Melbourne Cricket Club, which manages the Australian Sports Museum, said the Museum could not wait to welcome visitors back this month. “We are looking forward to debuting the fantastic, upgraded Australian Sports Museum to the public again,” he said. “These past few months we’ve felt a bit like an elite athlete, primed and ready for a big game but having to wait patiently on the bench for a chance to showcase our talents! We know so many Victorians have missed playing and even watching live sport this year. The Australian Sports Museum really brings the passion, excitement and energy that is synonymous with sport to life, and we can’t wait to share that with our visitors.”
In addition to a comprehensive COVIDSafe plan, specific ‘rules of play’ for the Museum have been created to further ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff at the sporting hub.
The Australian Sports Museum will be operating every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are now on sale and must be pre-purchased here.
Please note, MCG Tours have not yet resumed.
Credit: Australian Sports Museum at the MCG