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Test offers last chance to visit Cricket Museum before strengthening

December’s cricket Test between the Blackcaps and Sri Lanka offers the public the last chance to see the New Zealand Cricket Museum in its current form, before the earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of the Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand.

Since opening in November 1987, the Museum has occupied the former-dining room of the Museum Stand (above). Following the refurbishment of the Stand, the Museum will move back to its former location but will provide a very different experience.

The Sri Lanka Test, starting on Saturday 15 December, offers the public the chance to see the Museum’s existing displays, including the bat Martin Crowe used to score his final Test century, recently purchased through a crowdfunding campaign.

A feature of Tests at the Basin Reserve for many years, the Museum’s Test Match Book Sale will also return for the December Test with a huge number of cricket books on sale.

Outlining the vision for the Cricket Museum’s future, director Jamie Bell said “We want this to be a space for fans to celebrate all the things that make cricket great; from the grassroots to the legends, the heroes behind the scenes to the diversity of the game.

“In order to do that, we’re planning an ambitious redevelopment that will bring cricket, its history, and its culture to life in hands-on and innovative ways.”.

While much of the Museum’s collection will go in to storage during its hiatus, plans are in place to take a special exhibition on the road later this summer.

The New Zealand Cricket Museum will be open from 10.00am each day of play in the Sri Lanka Test, 15 to 19 December.

Following this, the Museum will be closed until further notice.