Just six weeks to go until Australia’s first dedicated sports museum opens at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – Australia’s spiritual home of sport.
The National Sports Museum will open to the public on Thursday March 13 and will house more than 2500 objects related to the greatest moments in Australia’s sporting history.
But it will be more than just a museum. The National Sports Museum seeks to capture the spirit of Australian sporting life – and relive the moments that have shaped Australia’s rich sporting traditions.
“The National Sports Museum will be home to Australia’s most extensive sporting collection,” says Stephen Gough, Melbourne Cricket Club chief executive officer.
“It will also offer visitors the opportunity to reflect on what makes Australia such a great sporting country – and to celebrate the determination, effort and sportsmanship that comes with sports’ great achievements. We hope it will inspire visitors - young and old – and offer insight into what makes a great athlete,” he said.
From that wondrous September morning in 1983 when Australia II claimed the America’s Cup from the New York Yacht Club after 130 years, to the inspirational moment when John Landy stopped and checked on fallen fellow runner Ron Clarke during the 1956 Australian Mile Championships –the National Sports Museum will pay homage to the greatest moments in Australian sport.
“Australia’s sporting history is marked by great successes, great stories and truly great moments,” said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. “Sport speaks a universal language in this country – we are a nation of players and enthusiasts. The National Sports Museum will tell the Australian sporting story – from its early beginnings to the present day – and will offer all Australians the opportunity to celebrate the heroes, the moments and achievements of our rich sporting culture.”
Located across two levels of the Olympic Stand inside Gate 3 at the MCG, the National Sports Museum will include five permanent exhibitions focused on a range of sporting subjects, including Australian football, basketball, boxing, cricket (including the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame), cycling, golf, netball, Olympic and Paralympic Games, rugby union, rugby league, soccer and tennis. It will also tell the MCG story and include an extensive interactive area.
A sporting moment happens once. Never to be repeated. A split second in time, captured forever. They live in the minds of the people: who competed, who were there, and who pass their stories from generation to generation. They shape our collective view of ourselves, and our country. They become a blueprint for what we value and an inspiration for us all.
The National Sports Museum – opening Thursday March 13 at the MCG.