COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Sports Museum and Melbourne Cricket Club Museum and Archives operations have been impacted.

Offers of donation, queries or requests should be directed to collections@australiansportsmuseum.org.au which will continue to be monitored during this time but please note that there may be delays in responses.

All new donations to the collections are currently on hold. During this time, some offers may receive a response, or we may ask for further information to help with our assessment when the donation process resumes.

All access and research requests are currently closed and we are also unable to respond to your questions about sport at this time.

We encourage you to still get in touch via collections@australiansportsmuseum.org.au, and while it might be a while, we look forward to getting back to you when normal operations resume.

Explore our Collections

Want to see it all? You can explore our collections online to your heart’s content, and even leave comments letting us know what you like or what you know more about than we do!

Donating to the Collection

We’re always grateful to people who donate their own treasured objects to our collections.

If you have something you would like to offer, please email collections@australiansportsmuseum.org.au

Include as much detail as you can! This helps staff to assess whether the object is right for the collection:

  • A description/list of the object(s)
  • Photographs 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 us objects in the mail, or bring the objects to the museum without contacting us first. Staff are unable to accept material that has not completed the donation offer process.

All donation offers are assessed by our staff, and successful donations involve a transfer of ownership to the museum. The assessment process includes reviewing the history and significance of the items on offer, comparing similar material in our existing collections, and working closely with the donor throughout. This means it can take some time to complete!

Our collection policies provide a guide on what we do and don’t collect. And you can always get in touch first to ask us if you’re not sure.

ASM Collection Policy

AGOSOM Collection Policy

MCCM Collection Policy

Finally, we also can’t accept everything! So there may be occasions where a donation is declined because the object:

  • Is duplicated within existing collections
  • Is badly damaged
  • Does not have clear provenance and history
  • Cannot be properly displayed, stored, conserved or cared for within the museum’s resources
  • Is offered with conditions (for example, that is must always be displayed)
  • Does not fit within the museum’s collection policies.

Some donors may be eligible to apply for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, once the donation is completed. This program provides tax incentives to encourage gifts of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives. Please note that our staff are unable to provide advice as to whether donors would be successful in their application. For more information, please visit the Cultural Gifts Program website here.

Access & Research

If you would like to ask a question about sport, or request access to an item from the collections, please contact collections@australiansportsmuseum.org.au.

Please note that access to the collection has been suspended for the foreseeable future due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, online access to the collection catalogue is still available at collection.australiansportsmuseum.org.au/explore.

General questions about sport can also be directed to the MCC Library by contacting library@mcc.org.au.

Donating, collection & research FAQs for further information.