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The Best Sports Museums in the World

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Sports plays a very large role in the lives of many people, from athletes, managers, bookmakers, companies which use the athletes for advertisement, as well as fans. Most sports fans love watching live events, some like betting on them. The typical fan will wait for the next match eagerly, whether to cheer their favorites on or check whether they won something. Other fans might be interested in the history of sports, the way they developed through the centuries, as far back as we can trace them. With that as our premise, here are the best sports museums in the world.

The Olympic Museum

Everyone knows of the Olympic Games, which originated in Ancient Greece, but the modern ones started in 1896. It is located in Switzerland and has captured some of the best moments of our world in over 10,000 exhibits. Dating back to the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896, you will see various artifacts from that period and onwards. It is worth noting that there are also footages of plenty of key moments in the history of the Olympics. Visit this museum if you are a fan of the Olympic Games and sports, in general.

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The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Every tennis player wants to win Wimbledon. It is considered to be the most prestigious tournament in tennis, even though it is a Grand Slam, like 3 others, namely the Australian, French and U.S. Open. Yet somehow, Wimbledon has always been the tournament to win. It was established in 1977, to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the tournament. Yes, it is that old, which is probably why it is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments, ever. The museum is full of memorabilia and items related to tennis and is the largest tennis museum in the world. There are records of matches from five centuries ago, as well as equipment which was used in the Victorian age. Tennis fans, rejoice.

The MCC Museum

Considered to be the oldest sports museum in the world, established in 1953, the MCC is a museum dedicated to cricket. Located in London at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, it is one of the largest cricket museums in the world. Its exhibits date back to the 19th century and are various in nature. Cricket has some really interesting exhibits like a stuffed sparrow which was killed almost a century ago by a stray ball. 

The National Football Museum

This is association football or soccer, for those who might confuse it with other eponymous terms. It is located in Manchester, England, and is one of the largest football museums in the world, containing artifacts which are 150 years old. The museum has plenty of artifacts which date back to the 19th century, as well as more modern ones, from various World Cups in the 20th century, especially the latter half. There is also memorabilia from the two World Wars.

These are the world’s best sports museums you should consider visiting.