Located at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London—known as the ‘Home of Cricket’—the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Cricket Museum is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world. Opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953, the collection dates back to 1864 and spans the entire history of the sport of cricket.
Cricket fans can visit the MCC Museum as part of a guided tour of the Lord’s Cricket Ground, including a visit to the Long Room, the Pavilion, and the player dressing rooms. Items on display include the cricket kits used by some of the best players ever, including Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs, Don Bradman, and Shane Warne. There are also portraits, busts and other memorabilia related to W.G. Grace, considered the best cricket player of all time.
The most famous exhibit and cricket’s most precious artifact is the original Ashes urn, a personal gift to the English captain Ivo Bligh presented around 1882. Visitors can also enjoy the Brian Johnston Memorial Theater, which shows footage of legendary cricketing moments.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The MCC Museum is open only to cricket match ticket holders or as part of a guided tour.
- Tours must be booked in advance.
- All entrants to the ground are required to undergo security checks, and no large bags or suitcases are permitted.
- The MCC Museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The MCC Cricket Museum is located at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in St. John’s Wood, North London. The closest tube station is St. John’s Wood on the Jubilee line, a 5-minute walk from the stadium. Visitors can also take the train to Marylebone station and then walk roughly 10 minutes.
When to Get There
The Lord’s Cricket Ground is open year-round, but only match ticket holders can access the MCC Museum on match days.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
The Lord’s Cricket Ground takes its name from Thomas Lord, a professional cricketer and the venue’s founder. The current stadium was built in 1814—although the venue has a history stretching back to 1787—and is home to the legendary Marylebone Cricket Club. As well as being used as an Olympic venue during the 2012 London Olympics, the 28,000-seat sporting arena hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cricket events and international test matches.