The MCC Museum was opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953 and is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world.
Its collection, which was begun in 1864, spans the full history of cricket from its emergence as a major sport in the early 18th century, to the modern age of Twenty20 and the IPL. It includes 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.
Opening & ticket prices
The Lord's Museum is open throughout the year and forms part of the famous Lord's Tour.
To visit the Museum please book a Lord's Tour here. Museum entry is only permitted when you book a Tour of the ground.
The Museum is also open on Match days, for visitors with a ticket for that day's play.
The prices for match days are listed below;
Test Match days
One Day International
One Day Cup Final
All other match days
*Over 60s and students.
Visitors must hold a valid ticket for the Match day to gain entry to the ground on Major Match days.
South Africa Exhibition
A South African cricket exhibition is now on display at the MCC Museum until March 2018.
South African cricket has so often been affected by off-field troubles, such as the well-known D’Oliveira affair of 1968 and the long years of isolation that ended only with the fall of the National Party government and its apartheid policies.
But while racial politics have never been far below the surface in the country’s sporting history, this exhibition reflects how much more there is to explore, from the early cricket played by British soldiers stationed in the Cape following the Napoleonic Wars to the re-emergence of South Africa as a major force in international cricket in the 1990s and beyond.
Artefacts on display include several from the family of South African Test cricketer Russell Endean, an outstanding all-round sportsman who set the mould for outstanding fielding, later followed by his compatriots Colin Bland and Jonty Rhodes.
Prominent among these are the scrapbooks he kept during his tour of Australia with the South African team in 1952–53 and a stump which was split during the final Test of that tour in Melbourne.
Also featured are several items relating to Geoff Griffin’s remarkable, sole Test match at Lord’s, in which he became the first bowler to take a Test hat-trick at the ground, while also being no-balled so often due to his unusual action that he never played Test cricket again.
Other popular attractions include the Prudential World Cup that Kapil Dev famously lifted in 1983 after India's famous victory over the West Indies.
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.*