Can I visit the heritage collections at the MCG?
Yes. Heritage items on display in the northern section of the stadium are able to be viewed as part of an MCG Tour on non-match days. The tour usually includes a visit to the MCC Library.
The National Sports Museum presents the heritage of the MCG and many sports, and also provides access to the MCC Museum on non-match days. On match days, MCC members and their guests can visit the MCC Museum from Level B1, and the MCC Library on Level 3.
I have an object I want to donate. Would the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum want it?
The Melbourne Cricket Club Museum collects objects relating to the history and development of the MCC and its membership, MCC Sporting Section achievements, Australia’s involvement in international cricket, Melbourne Football Club during the years of being a MCC Sporting Section and the development of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The MCC Museum welcomes donations of relevant and suitable objects.
Donating an object to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum is the permanent transfer of ownership of the object to the Melbourne Cricket Club Foundation.
Once the donation process is complete, objects then become available for use in exhibitions or for research by appointment.
All donated material is cared for to professional museum standards, and we ensure that the donors are appropriately acknowledged.
Please read the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum Collection Policy for more information.
If you’d like to donate something to us, please send us an email or letter outlining what object(s) you would like to donate including as much detail as possible. For example:
• A description and photograph of the object(s).
• A summary of the history or significance of the object(s), such as who used it, and when.
• The name and contact details of the current legal owner of the object(s).
• The current location of the object(s).
Please do not send the object(s)!
Collections Administration Officer
Membership and Heritage Department
Melbourne Cricket Club Museum
PO Box 175
East Melbourne VIC 8002
Once we receive your email or letter we will acknowledge receipt with a return email or letter. Your offer will be reviewed by our collections staff, who will assess the material on offer and contact you to discuss the donation.
I have an object I want to loan. Would the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum want to borrow it?
The MCCM only borrows material specifically for exhibition purposes. As such we prefer not to accept material on loan, only to have it housed in our collection store indefinitely.
However, we would encourage you to send us details about the objects you would be interested in loaning to us so that we may contact you in the instance that we do review our current exhibitions, or undertake the development of a new display.
Can I obtain historic images or footage, or assistance with research relating to the MCC and MCG?
All requests for images, footage or research assistance for the collections should be directed in the first instance to our administrative assistant on (03) 9657 8996 or by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I take photographs in the museum spaces for my personal use?
Be aware that many artworks and other items are subject to copyright conditions.
Copyright and other restrictions apply to some items owned by the NSM, but also may apply to items on loan to the museum. Breaching copyright or loan conditions may lead to prosecution and substantial penalties.
Can I take photographs in the stadium of heritage objects for my personal use?
Yes. Photography is permitted for private “snap shot” and non-commercial use only. Flash photography is not permitted in the MCC Library.
These guidelines apply to all digital and analogue format image recorders (cameras, phone cameras, PDA cameras and moving / video recording equipment).
I have an object that is damaged and needs some work. Can you do it?
The Melbourne Cricket Club does not undertake conservation work. The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) (Inc.) is the professional body for conservators in Australia.
According to the AICCM, conservation is:
“…a highly technical task based on knowledge of the structure and chemistry of the materials involved. It includes preventative action through the creation of a safe environment for storage and display and treatments to stabilise and repair objects. Where needed restoration techniques are employed to enhance the aesthetic nature while preserving the historical integrity of the item.”
The AICCM website has a listing of conservators trained in material conservation who may be able to undertake conservation work for you. They can be contacted on (02) 6100 8618 or email email@example.com.
How can I get my items valued?
The Melbourne Cricket Club is unable to provide formal or informal valuations of objects.
Contact information for valuers can be found in PDF format at the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program website.
The Cultural Gifts Program provides tax incentives to encourage gifts of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives.
Auction houses that have an interest in sports items and may be able to provide professional valuation services can be found in the Yellow Pages directory under several headings, including ‘Sports Cards and Memorabilia’ and ‘Sports Memorabilia’.