Marylebone Cricket Club Museum
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum was opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953 and is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world.
The museum’s collection was begun in 1864 and spans the full history of cricket from its emergence as a major sport in the early 18th century, to the modern age of Tenty20 and the IPL. It included material relating to the greatest players and events, but also the grassroots, community cricket clubs which form the bedrock of the game.
The Museum’s most famous exhibit is the original Ashes urn, a personal gift to England captain the Hon. Ivo Bligh in 1882/83, later donated to MCC by his widow in 1928. This tiny and fragile object, cricket’s most precious artefact, rarely leaves Lord’s, when it last did so, for the 2006/07 MCC Travelex Ashes Exhibition in Australia more than 100,000 people came to see it.
Other popular attractions include the stuffed sparrow that was ‘bowled out’ by Jehangir Khan in 1936, and the copy of Wisden that helped to sustain EW ‘Jim’ Swanton throughout his captivity, in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, during the Second World War. The Museum’s other displays include cricket kit used by some of the greatest players of all time – such as Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs, Don Bradman and Shane Warne. The life and achievements of WG Grace – perhaps the most famous cricketer of all – also receive appropriate recognition, with the Museum displaying portraits, busts and other memorabilia associated with the incomparable ‘WG’. Many such items date back to the 19th century; indeed, the Museum benefits from the fact that MCC has been collecting cricketing artefacts since 1864. Over 140 years later, MCC continues to enhance its collection of historic and contemporary items. For example, it commissions both young and established artists to add to its displays of cricket-related paintings – with some of the most recent additions being works by Fanny Rush and Karen Neale. As well as housing static displays, the MCC Museum includes the Brian Johnston Memorial Theatre, which enables visitors to see footage of some of the greatest performances in cricket’s long and illustrious history.
You can also search our online collections by visiting our virtual collections store.
Exhibitions and Events
We have a changing programme of events and exhibitions. Please visit our website or call us for more information.
We offer a range of learning opportunities for formal learning visitors. Please call us for more information.
The museum is open throughout the year. For up-to-date information on ticket prices, please visit our website.
The museum is also open on all match days, although visitors must hold a ticket for Major Match days, but the museum is open to non-ticket holders on non-major match days.
The museum is closed on test match preparation days – the three days before a test match. It is also closed the day before One Day Internationals.