Since its inception in 1838, the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has regarded the preservation and display of its rich heritage collection as paramount.
The display of this heritage when hosting visitors and significant events at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has given the MCG an enviable reputation.
In December 2005, the MCG was included on the National Heritage List in recognition of its outstanding significance to the nation.
The northern stand redevelopment completed the following year provided the MCC with the opportunity to enhance its commitment to heritage with a much-improved MCC Museum and other heritage features throughout the stadium.
Some of these heritage features are Tattersall’s Parade of Champions (2003-2006), National Sports Museum (opened in 2008) and Australia Post Avenue of Legends (2011-2014).
Australians should have a place to celebrate our fabulous sporting heritage. The National Sports Museum is such a place.
And where else could such an important national icon be based but here, at the heart and soul of Australian sport, the MCG?
The only location that transcends Australian sport, as the birthplace of Australian football, home of the first cricket Test and a World Cup final, headquarters of an Olympic Games and a Commonwealth Games, and host to numerous soccer and rugby internationals. Back to top
It’s also fitting in that a great number of the sports stars honoured in the National Sports Museum have etched their names in the national memory through their achievements here at the MCG.