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 granted Australia's highest heritage honour - inclusion on the National Heritage List - in recognition of its outstanding significance to the nation.Back to top
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, including the Tattersall’s Parade of Champions and the National Sports Museum.
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.
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.