About our Collections

About our Collections

The National Sports Museum (NSM) cares for two heritage collections – the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum (AGOSOM) collection and the NSM collection. These two collections sit alongside the Melbourne Cricket Club’s museum collection, where all three complement each other in their areas of focus.

The Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum collection

This collection was established as the Australian Gallery of Sport by the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1984 and is owned by the MCG Trust. Australia’s participation at the Olympic Games is central to the AGOSOM collection and in 1989 permission was granted by the International Olympic Committee to add ‘Olympic Museum’ to the original ‘AGOS’ title.

The AGOSOM collects objects relating to Australian participation at (or involvement in) the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

The National Sports Museum collection

This collection was established in 2007 in preparation for the opening of the NSM in 2008.

The NSM collects objects relating to all sports played in Australia or by Australians.

The Melbourne Cricket Club Museum collection

The MCC established a private museum collection in 1969. More information about this collection is found here.

The MCCM collects material associated with the history and development of the Melbourne Cricket Club and its membership base, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and surrounding areas such as Yarra Park. It also collects material showing the development of cricket in Australia, with a focus on Test, limited overs, and intercolonial cricket.