Australia is a country that takes great pride in its sporting successes and which has treasured sport as a part of their cultural identity ever since the colonial period. If you look at the population of Australia, their numbers are not great, but the number of medals won at international competitions instills the feeling of respect in every sports connoisseur out there.
Determining which sports are the most popular in Australia can be a difficult task, but some of them are always more popular than others. Namely, cricket can be said to be the national sport of Australia, as more than 5% of the population plays some form of it, plus the fact that Australia was the winner of 5 World Cricket Championships. Apart from cricket, Australians enjoy rugby, tennis and swimming, and all these sports have their respective professional leagues.
With such a sporting culture, it is no wonder Australia built many sports museums to honor the athletes and teams that brought much joy to the country. The following is a list of top 3 sports museums in Australia you should visit.
The National Sports Museum
The National Sports Museum is probably the essential sports museum in all of Australia. It was first established as the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum back in 1986. It is located in Melbourne within the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the largest cricket stadium in Australia, and houses exhibitions of items related to cricket, Australian rules football, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, tennis, rugby, soccer, basketball, boxing and netball.
Moreover, adjoining the National Sports Museum is the Australian Racing Museum which was absorbed by the National Sports Museum in 2010, thus putting horse racing among the most prominent sports.
The exhibitions include thousands of memorabilia from the lives of sporting legends and their days of representing Australia in competitions worldwide.
Currently, the museum is planning to shut down its doors until 2020 due to a major renovation that will feature the latest technology, new displays, plenty of new interactive experiences for visitors, and holograms.
Australasian Golf Museum
Golf has always been an intriguing sport to many Australians, and the first-ever golf course was built in Bothwell, Tasmania. The picturesque village of Bothwell is now home to Australasian Golf Museum that illustrates the development of golf in Australia and shows the timeline of the evolution of the game — from the feathery balls to the modern ones.
It was founded by a Tasmanian golfer Peter Toogood who had won numerous golf championships and titles, such as winning the Australian Amateur reward and a Silver Medal as a leading amateur in the British Open. He started collecting golf memorabilia and wanted people to see his extensive collection of photographs, documents, and witness a hands-on display of the evolution of the putter and golf balls.
The Sidney Cricket Ground Museum
The Sydney Cricket Ground Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the heritage of sports and keeping the living memory of sporting success of Australia. It is located within the Sydney Cricket Ground stadium that first opened its doors to the public more than 160 years ago.
SCG is Sydney’s home of sport, with numerous artifacts from the lives of international and domestic sporting legends displayed. With purchasing an SCG Tour Experience, you will get 90 minutes behind the scenes of the historical journey through the Sydney Cricket Ground, Allianz Stadium and the SCG Museum.