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 Museum is open throughout the year and is part of the famous Lord's Tour. To visit the Museum please book a Lord's Tour here.
The MCC Museum is also open on all match days, for visitors with a ticket for that day's play.
On all non-match days, the Museum isonly available as part of the Lord's Tour.
Major Match Days:
Visitors must hold a ticket for the Major Match day to gain entry to the ground on Major Match days. Entry to the Museum on Major Match Days is free.
A major match day is an Investec Test Match, Royal London One-Day International, NatWest T20 Blast match, and the Royal London One Day Cup Final.
Entry on Match Days is £3 for adults and £1 for 5 - 15 years & over 60s. However, visitors must hold a ticket for that match day to gain entry.
A match day is an LV=CC County Championship match, MCC matches, Eton v Harrow, Oxford University v Cambridge University and the Davidstow Village Cup Final.
The Museum is closed on 19-20 September. The Ground is closed 25-26 December.
Other popular attractions include the stuffed sparrow that was 'bowled out' by Jehangir Khan in 1936, and 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.*