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“An interesting commentary on life in another era”

Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Bowral
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Found in the picturesque Southern Highlands town of Bowral where the famous Sir Donald Bradman grew up, the Bradman Museum is a state-of-the-art high-tech Museum that encapsulates cricket's history from its earliest origins through the Bradman era and World Series Cricket to the modern day and the introduction of T20. The Bradman Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust, was established in 1987 with the full support of Sir Donald Bradman AC to promote cricket as a valuable cultural and sporting force within the community. The Foundation prides itself on being the heritage custodians of Australian cricket. It preserves the heritage of the game while delivering Sir Donald Bradman’s commitment to the future of the game through development at youth level and within the wider community. The Foundation also often hosts exhibition matches and special events on the historic and picturesque Bradman Oval. A special focus by the Foundation is the development of youth through cricket.
Reviewed February 14, 2014

Have been before but even though am not a cricket "tragic", there is so much to enjoy. While there is so much to appreciate on the pure sporting activities, I also enjoyed particularly a couple of human aspects.
One was the video on the "bodyline" series in the 1930's where this technique was used to restrict Don Bradman's scores - it was a dubious technique that not all the English players supported but also caused huge ructions between Australian and English national relations.
Also enjoyed the video interview with Don Bradman as he recalled his life and talked about how hard life was in the depression era - the exhibition is therefore more than just batas and balls and statistics - there is also a very human side.

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Don B, Tourism Officer at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Hello Ron,

Thank you for the wonderful review after your visit in February. It was great to hear your comments on the Bodyline film as well as the Bradman interviews, the controversie surrounding the Bodyline test is still talked about today. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

My partner suggested here and I was indifferent about it but I have to say it was a fun couple of hours and very informative. The archivist must have had a great time sorting everything out. Bowral is very pretty. We stopped and had lunch at stumpys. The burgers are very tasty. Congratulations on your work.

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Don B, Tourism Officer at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

Hi KitKat071,

Thank you for the review on TripAdvisor, we do get a lot of visitors who are not really fans and yet they still have an unbelievable time we are so glad you did as well. Stumps cafe is great and the Burgers are wonderful glad to hear you enjoyed that as well, maybe you both could visit us again next time your back this way.

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

I don't know who put this together, but it is one of the best collections of cricket memorabilia I've seen. The entry fee is very reasonable, the layout well thought out and just an amazing place to visit. My grandchildren had a wonderful time there, we spent two and a half hours viewing the exhibits but my husband and I could have spent more time inspecting the fantastic array of bradman memories.

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Don B, Tourism Officer at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Hello Starfish52_10,

thank you for writing a great review about your visit to the Bradman Museum, so glad to hear you got to share in the history and love of the game with your grandchildren, we try to keep the Bodyline and interactive displays easy for the children to relate to as it was a big part of the history of the game. David Wells OAM is the curator of the Museum and has worked tirelessly over many years to put the exhibition together and a credit to him for what he has achieved. We look forward to you visiting with us again.

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Following England's humiliating 5-0 drubbing by Australia in the 2013-2014 Ashes we decided to extend the torture and visit the museum of Australian Cricket's most famous son Sir Donald Bradman. We had been once before in 2001 and had heard about many improvements to the content. We were not disappointed the exhibits are excellent and bang up to date as well because there was the broken bat and shirt of England opening batsman Carberry from the Sydney Test just 8 days previous. Allow at least 2-3 hours to do the museum justice. If cricket is also taking place on the Bradman Oval that is a bonus as is the outside tearoom. A must for all cricket lovers!

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Don B, Tourism Officer at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

hello The Doctor 1941,

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame, especially after the 5-0 drubbing England recieved. The new exhibition space is a great testament to the History of the wonderful game of Cricket and we are glad you made the trip again to see the new additions. Cricket on beautiful Bradman Oval is a wonderful site and we have a pretty full fixtures list in the cricket season glad you could watch a match whilst you were here.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

The museum is not to be missed for cricket lovers. Set in a beautiful small town of bowral where don Bradman was born, Plenty of exhibits on Don Bradman , the history of cricket, world series cricket, the body line tour ect. My wife came along and she is not a huge cricket fan but found the musuem very good and said afterwards it was well worth a visit. There is plenty of multimedia exibits including some short films on the bodyline series and the formation of world series cricket. The international museum seems to growing all the time with new exibits .

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Don B, Tourism Officer at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Hello Wyldfamilytravel,

Thank you for your review about your visit with us this summer, so glad to hear the whole family had a great time. The interactive displays really bring a unique perspective to the collection, with World Series Cricket our newest exhibition a great testament to cricket history hope to see you all again soon.

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