National Sports Museum
Widely recognised as the home of Australian sport, the MCG has outstanding heritage value to Australia and in December, 2005 was included in the National Heritage List so that these values may be protected for generations to come.
The MCG has been the scene of many great sporting events, as well as many 'firsts' in Australian sporting history. It is one of Australia's most significant sporting stadiums, dating back to September 1853, when Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe made a grant of the 'Police Paddock' to the Melbourne Cricket Club.
The National Sports Museum houses the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Australian Football exhibition (including Australian Football Hall of Fame), temporary exhibition areas addressing the sporting issues and events of the day and much more.
This is a vibrant, exciting and attractive mix of sporting heritage and entertainment aimed at matchday patronage as well as catering for the MCG’s traditional tourist groups seven days weekly.
This collection aims to encapsulate the depth and breadth of Australians? participation within all sport at all levels within the one collection. It includes more than 600 objects related to the greatest moments in Australia's sporting history. It captures the spirit of Australian sporting life and special moments that have shaped Australia's rich sporting traditions. Highlights of the collection include artefacts from: Australian football, basketball, cricket, cycling, hockey, netball, rowing, rugby league, rugby union, swimming and tennis.
The collection includes material of state, national and international significance reflecting the important place of sport in Australian society. The collection includes items that reflect the development of Australia's indigenous football game (Australian football) and celebrate Australia?s outstanding achievements in international cricket, tennis and many other sports. The collection also reflects grassroots (rather than only elite level) participation and the participation of women, indigenous communities and the development of Australian sporting diversity through the country?s strong multi-cultural community.Subcollections
Australian Gallery of Sport & Olympic Museum Collection
The primary focus of this collection is the encapsulation of the depth and breadth of Australians’ participation and interest in the Olympic Movement, Olympic sports and the Olympic Games themselves. The entire Olympic movement is included from the Summer Games, through the Winter Games and into Paralympics and more. A particular strength of the collection is the large number of artefacts from the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The collection was established in 1984 and contains 45,000 objects, including a Cauldron from the 1956 Olympic Games and a set of Olympic relay torches. The collection tells key stories such as Australia’s Olympic achievements and the MCG as the Olympic venue in 1956.
The collection includes material of state, national and international significance reflecting the important place of the Olympic Games in Victorian and Australian society. The collection documents the development of Australia's involvement in the Olympic Games – as one of only a handful of nations to have attended all Summer Olympic Games since their inception in 1896 - and Australia’s outstanding achievements across many Olympic sports. The collection also reflects the participation of women and indigenous communities in Olympic activity.