Legends and Heroes Unite
When summer rolls around in Melbourne, thoughts turn to the sporting field. It’s when international teams arrive to play the Australian cricket team at the MCG, the atmosphere at Melbourne Park reaches new heights as the Australian Open hosts the world’s greatest tennis players, and the whole city can hear the roar of the motors as the Formula 1 Grand Prix takes off.
Big Day Out
Add another layer of the sporting life to your day with a visit to the National Sports Museum. Planning on spending the evening watching a game of Twenty20 cricket? Arrive in the city a bit early and check out the Backyard to Baggy Green exhibition that traces the evolution of some of our favourite cricketers and the game.
Great Sporting Memories
Australia’s history and its greatest sporting achievements are bound together. Many would say sport has helped shape the nation we are today. Checking out the collections you’ll see Don Bradman’s baggy green, the 1956 Melbourne Olympics cauldron and Tulloch’s carefully preserved heart, as well as the balls, bats and uniforms that were part of momentous sporting occasions.
Test Your Skills
If you’ve ever wondered how your kicking compared to an AFL champion’s, if you could hit an archery target or if you could ride a bike to glory at the Olympic Games now is the time to find out. Game On! is a favourite interactive zone with all the fans.
At the National Sports Museum, learn about the greatest athletes Australia has ever seen in a venue that combines action with memories.
Tour and More
Combine your visit to the National Sports Museum with a tour of the MCG, where you get to visit places usually out of bounds, including the MCC Long Room, players’ dressing room, the media room and the hallowed turf. nsm.org.au
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