The National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has undergone a multi-million dollar upgrade and will be renamed the Australian Sports Museum when it reopens next month ©YouTube

Australia's largest collection of sporting memorabilia is set to go back on display next month when the Australian Sports Museum in Melbourne reopens following a AUD$17 million (£9 million/$11.5 million/€10.5 million) upgrade. 

Formerly called the National Sports Museum, tickets have gone on sale for the reopening at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 29.

The upgrade means there will be a greater focus on cutting-edge technology and immersive experiences.

From touch screens and avatars, to climbable objects and sporting challenges, visitors will explore, play and discover their way through the Olympics, Australian football, cricket, horse racing and more, uncovering how grassroots and elite sport shapes Australian lives and our national identity, it is promised.

The Victorian Government have contributed AUD$5 million (£2.5 million/$3.5 million/€3 million) to the overall upgrade to the attraction, which originally opened back in 2008.

More than 140,000 visit the National Sports Museum each year ©Twitter
More than 140,000 visit the National Sports Museum each year ©Twitter

Nearly 150,000 people visit the Museum each year. 

The Museum is run by the Melbourne Cricket Club and its President Michael Happell is promising that visitors will be impressed with the new look.

"Whether you are playing at the grassroots or witnessing the greats, sport is all about passion, excitement and energy, and that is exactly what we are delivering with the new Australian Sports Museum," he said.

"Through new technology and creative, ever-changing displays, visitors will be able to experience, not just observe, the stories and moments that make up Australia’s sporting identity,"