National Sports Museum set to receive $17.1 million upgrade

The National Sports Museum at the MCG is set to undergo a $17.1 million redevelopment that will include expanded exhibits of sporting memorabilia and new multi-media displays.

Increasingly identified as a way of generating attendance at venues during non-event days, sport museums around the world are being redeveloped as entertainment and educational experiences.

The MCG redevelopment will include expanded coverage of football and a new Hall of Fame section to tell its history to visitors from both home and abroad.

The Victorian Government will contribute $5 million to the overall $17.1 million upgrade to the attraction, which originally opened back in 2008.

Revealing that over 140,00 people visited the museum annually and a hope that the upgrade would encourage visitors to return time and time again, Melbourne Cricket Club President Steven Smith said: “Sport is about who we are as a nation. This upgrade will ensure a visit to the National Sports Museum is fun, exciting and interactive and offer a shared family experience that will encourage people to come back over and over again. The new-look National Sports Museum will be a leading-edge venue in the sporting and cultural landscape and we’re thrilled to create a vibrant and unique sporting experience for all visitors.”

The museum will close later this year for renovations with its upgraded form to reopen in March 2020.