National Sports Museum located at the MCG, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia so there is no better place to find the National Sports Museum than the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Just a short walk from the city centre, the entrance to the national Sports Museum is located at Gate 3 of the MCG. If you love your sports or are like us and have kids that are sports nuts, then this is a great way to spend a day out in Melbourne.
We took our two boys (aged 8 & 10) here over the school holidays so they could learn a bit more about Australia’s rich sporting history. The National Sports Museum showcases more than 2500 objects relating to Australia’s greatest sporting moments. The sporting memorabilia here is extensive and some of the sports on display include Cricket, AFL, Rugby, Thoroughbred Racing, Basketball, Boxing, Netball, Soccer, Cycling, Athletics, Tennis and Golf. There is also a good section which explains the history and the redevelopment of the MCG.
One of the biggest and most interesting displays is of the Olympics Games and its history. It was pretty amazing to see the different types of memorabilia including medals, relay torches and uniforms from Olympics past to present.
The Cricket and AFL displays were favourites for our boys, both included 3D Holograms – Shane Warne for cricket and James Hird for AFL who give a little insight to what it’s like to play their sports. The boys were definitely fascinated by these!
Downstairs is an interactive game zone called Game On which our kids absolutely loved. Here they can test their skills and ability at different sports including AFL (kicking and hand-ball), cycling, soccer, cricket, archery and netball.
The National Sports Museum is also home to the MCC (Melbourne Cricket Club) Museum, Sporting Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and Australian Football Hall of Fame.
When purchasing tickets there is the option to take an MCG Tour (at extra cost). Tours run for about 75 minutes and will take you inside the inner sanctum of the MCG and onto its hallowed turf. These tours run frequently between 10.00am until 3.00pm on non-event days.
The National Sports Museum is open daily from 10.00am until 5.00pm (last admission is 4.00pm) with varied access on event days for the MCG.
We really enjoyed our day here at the National Sports Museum and you can find out more information or pre-book tickets from their website at www.nsm.org.au.