AUSTRALIAN SPORTS MUSEUM
The National Sports Museum, home of Australia’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia, was renamed the Australian Sports Museum when it reopened February 29, following a $17 million upgrade.
Australians were encouraged to leap into the museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday February 29 – 2020’s leap day – in order to be among the first to explore the interactive and unique exhibits.
With a focus on cutting edge technology and immersive experiences, the Australian Sports Museum will bring the stories of Australian sport to life in a fun and playful way, encouraging visitors to be a part of the action as they explore all facets of Australian sporting culture.
From touch screens and avatars, to climbable objects and sporting challenges, visitors will explore, play and discover their way through the Olympics, Australian football, cricket, horse racing and more, uncovering how grassroots and elite sport shapes Australian lives and our national identity.
The Australian Sports Museum will also feature a number of special faces sharing first-hand accounts of their sporting story.
A highlight amongst these will be a life-size 3D hologram of dual AFL Premiership and Richmond Star Bachar Houli. The All-Australian defender will talk candidly with visitors, taking them through his experiences at the elite AFL level, from the emotions of first being drafted, through to Richmond’s 2017 fairytale flag.
Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) are the custodians and managers of the home of Australian sport, the MCG, and also the Australian Sports Museum located at Gate 3.
SAHOF AT THE MUSEUM
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame has a visible home within the Australian Sports Museum, a place to recognise and honour Australia’s greatest sportspeople. This includes athletes from all sports and those in roles supportive to athletes. The Museum provides a rich context for the achievements and contributions of our Members and Legends. Together SAHOF and the Australian Sports Museum inspire and encourage the youth of our nation.
Each Member and Legend of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame holds VIP status at the Australian Sports Museum, enabling a lifetime of free admission to the Museum.