The National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is about to receive a multi-million-dollar upgrade.
Each year more than 140,000 people from Australia and overseas visit the National Sports Museum or take an MCG tour.
Home to Australia’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia, the National Sports Museum showcases sporting treasures such as Don Bradman’s baggy green cap, Cathy Freeman’s iconic running suit from the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games cauldron. It’s also home to the Australian Football Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
The doors to the National Sports Museum will close at the end of trading on August 16 2019, with the new-look museum to reopen in time for the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Final, being played at the MCG on Sunday March 8 – International Women’s Day – 2020.
The upgrade will see the National Sports Museum embrace the latest technology and create a more interactive experience for visitors. Highlights will include:
• A full revamp of the interactive `Game On’ gallery;
• A new Australian football section with a more interactive Hall of Fame;
• An increase in the breadth and diversity of sports featured inside the museum, boosting the representation of disabled and Paralympic sports, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes and other under-represented groups;
• An enhanced celebration of Australia’s reputation as a sporting nation from grassroots levels through to the elite.
While the National Sports Museum is being upgraded, the MCG Private Tour Experience offered through Cultural Attractions of Australia will continue to run.
This fully guided tour of the MCG takes visitors to areas of the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground others could only dream of as they step out onto the hallowed MCG turf, access the cricket viewing rooms and go behind the scenes of the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Club. The tour concludes with a drink, overlooking the iconic ground, with hospitality upgrades available. Available on Thursdays by prior arrangement, click here for bookings and further information.
As soon as the National Sports Museum reopens in late February 2020, it will resume its place on the itinerary of the MCG Private Tour Experience and be open to visitors on a daily basis, except on MCG event days.