National Sports Museum
Please note, the National Sports Museum is now closed for a major redevelopment and will reopen in late February 2020.
Australia’s greatest showcase of sport is housed at the National Sports Museum, the world-class National Sports Museum honours Australian football, cricket, Olympic Games, soccer and many other sports.
The National Sports Museum also brings renewed energy to the MCG’s traditional role as the spiritual home of Australian sport, establishing a gateway to the stadium’s renowned heritage and facilities within a new, modern museums and entertainment precinct, is designed for use by the public, tourists and Melbourne Cricket Club members alike.
Located across two levels of the Olympic Stand, visitors can enter the National Sports Museum via Gate 3 and immerse themselves in some of the finest sports-related artefacts and interactive technology witnessed anywhere in the world.
The National Sports Museum incorporates:
- Faster, Higher, Stronger (Olympics)
- The People's Ground (MCG)
- Spirit of Sport (Sport Australia Hall of Fame)
- Backyard to Baggy Green (Cricket)
- Australia's Game (Australian Football)
- Champions: Thoroughbred Racing Gallery
- Multi-Sports exhibition
- Game On (Interactive Gallery)
- MCC Museum
- ISS Exhibitions Gallery
- NSM Cinema Sport
Depends on whether you're adding on an MCG tour as well, find all details here.
10am - 5pm daily
The National Sports Museum is located inside Gate 3 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Brunton Avenue in Richmond, within the confines of Yarra Park.
There are a number of ways to get to the museum, including public transport, walking, cycling or by car.
Jolimont station is north of the stadium and offers a five-minute stroll direct through Yarra Park to Gate 3. From any railway station in the central business district, take the Hurstbridge or Epping lines.
Richmond station is on the south-eastern side of the MCG. It's a slightly longer walk but you can walk past Punt Road Oval, head north around Yarra Park to Gate 3.
To get to Richmond station from the city, take any train on the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for train timetables.
No. 75 (City-Vermont South) and No. 48 (City-North Balwyn) trams stop outside the MCG near Jolimont Station. Then it’s just a five-minute stroll through Yarra Park to Gate 3.
No. 70 (City-Wattle Park) detours from Flinders Street along Swan Street. From here, it's a short walk across the footbridge around to Gate 3.
Melbourne Bike Share
Cyclists can use the Melbourne Bike Share program and ride either to the bicycle stations at the corner of Jolimont Terrace and Wellington Parade South or near Richmond Station.
It is possible to ride from Federation Square to the MCG without riding on a road.
The William Barak Bridge in Birrarung Marr is the perfect safe journey. Bike share users can get a 20 per cent discount on entry if they show their Bike Share pass.
Dedicated vehicle parking is not currently available for National Sports Museum visitors.
However, parking is usually available at the MCG in Yarra Park on days when sporting events are being held at the stadium. Parking currently costs $10 per vehicle.
Limited parking may also be available in the Melbourne and Olympic Parks precinct as well as near the MCG along Wellington Parade, Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace.
Melbourne Visitor Shuttle
Melbourne Visitor Shuttle stops at the MCG. The complete trip takes approximately one-and-a-half hours and includes an informative, on-board commentary as you travel around Melbourne.
The museum is a short stroll from Federation Square over William Barak Bridge to the MCG.
Bus route 246 is a useful service for patrons from the northern and southern suburbs. It stops in Punt Road and is just a short stroll through Yarra Park to the MCG.
(info: National Sports Museum)
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