Following Wellington City Council’s decision to earthquake strengthen and refurbish the Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand, the New Zealand Cricket Museum is announcing that December’s BLACKCAPS v Sri Lanka Test will be a farewell to the Museum in its current format.

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

Jamie Bell, the Cricket Museum’s Director outlined the vision for the future,

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.

The Sri Lanka Test, starting on Saturday 15th December, offers the public the last 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.

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

Details on this pop-up exhibition will be announced in the coming weeks.

The New Zealand Cricket Museum will be open from 10am each day of play in the BLACKCAPS v Sri Lanka Test, December 15th-19th 2018.

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