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Published April 10th 2016
Calling all sports fans
Calling all sports fans! In fact, calling all NON-SPORTS fans who love a bit of history and Australian culture. Sounds broad, right? But if I loved it, you're all SURE to enjoy the National Sports Museum, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
My little family and I had a great day at the National Sports Museum. My footy-loving husband and son were practically beside themselves. They were truly in their element, spellbound by the memorabilia, artefacts, and interactive displays. My daughter and I however, don't share the same love of sport as the boys in our family do, yet even we had a great time! You can't help but be drawn into the stories, history, and emotion of it all. Sport is such an integral part Australian culture, and it was fascinating to explore our sporting history and heritage.
Interactive displays are weaved into many of the exhibitions
Located within the Olympic stand of the MCG, the National Sports Museum is spread over two levels and houses world-class exhibitions of significant sporting artefacts.
The current exhibitions include: Australia's Game Champion's Racing Gallery James Hird Hollogram Backyard to Baggy Green
Faster, Higher, Stronger Game On The People's Ground
Without a doubt, the favourite component for my children was the Game On! gallery. An interactive gallery for all ages, visitors can get up close and personal with a huge range of activities, including kicking for goal, cycling, archery, reaction testing, shooting a netball and running out a batsman. Set aside plenty of time for this one!
The AFL Hall of fame was truly inspirational, and believe me when I tell you this non-footy fan is not saying that lightly! We spent a long time admiring the legends of the game and discussing the skill, athleticism, and dedication of these amazing athletes. My children were fascinated at the progression of the game compared to how they now know it, and the impact of the war on Sport in general.
The National Sports Museum also host temporary exhibits, the current exhibit being "Drawing a laugh: Australian Sports Cartoons". Having recently opened on Sunday March 27, the display showcases how cartoonists use humour, silliness, and word-play to communicate about a range of sporting themes. In keeping with many other exhibitions within the Museum, there is an interactive component here also. Visitors are encouraged to use the cartoon card available in the exhibition to add a caption, photograph it, then share it by posting on the National Sports Museum Facebook page wall. The cartoonists will choose their favourite entries and award a prize of a FREE family pass to the National Sports Museum! So get writing!
Included in your entry fee is access to the stunning Melbourne Cricket Club's own museum. With a fascinating mix of artefacts, paintings, rare porcelain and items of cricket memorabilia, you don't need to be a sports buff to enjoy the experience. For an additional cost, you can also elect to add to the fun by taking part in a guided tour of the MCG.
The wonderful volunteers at the National Sports Museum require special mention, as they really added to our enjoyment. So friendly and accommodating, they always seemed to appear at the right moment, offering additional insight and information about the displays.
The National Sports Museum is open from 10am - 5pm daily (MCG tours 10am - 3pm), but please note that opening times may vary when events are scheduled at the MCG.
Admission price varies from FREE (children under 5) to $23 for adults, or $55 for a family of 4. MCG tours require an additional fee.
This would be an excellent activity for you to share with visitors to Melbourne. Why not pack a picnic and a footy for afterwards, and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the MCG while you debrief about the exhibitions and make the most of the inspiration that strikes. Fun for the whole family!