The museum is a great place for the whole family. For those wanting to learn about the history of New Zealand rugby and know some early All Black stories, the displays are conveniently arranged in chronological order around the walls. The objects gathered by the museum over the years are rich and diverse. There is a walking stick of Charles Monro, ‘father of New Zealand rugby’, and a boot of legendary All Black Don Clarke that has Lancaster Park dirt on it, sent to the museum with instructions that it never be cleaned. Further along is George Nepia’s All Blacks cap and the white All Blacks jersey adopted in 1930 when the Lions wore navy blue.
Many of the cabinets have TV screens that show footage of rugby from that decade, the earliest from 1905.
For those wanting a more energetic museum visit there is an indoor activity area in which sprinting speed and tackling speed can be measured. Run in the footsteps of All Blacks such as Aaron Cruden and Aaron Smith. There is a goal-kicking activity as well where the posts move to replicate tricky side-line attempts. Those who want to get physical can pack down like Keven Mealamu and Charlie Faumuina against the scrum machine. The current record holder is an international rugby prop from Georgia who managed an incredible 498kg.
The big screen has rugby on all day. If it’is highlights you’re after, ask the attendant – soon you could be reliving the Christian Cullen- Jeff Wilson era.
Thousands from all over the world have had their photograph taken in front of the gigantic Haka wall, with the All Blacks in the background. There is also a small gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs as you leave.