The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has exhibited memorabilia inside Twickenham Stadium since 1979.
An informal museum was created underneath the South Stand in 1983 before the Museum of Rugby was constructed in the East Stand and officially unveiled in 1996.
In 2007 the Museum of Rugby was renamed the World Rugby Museum to reflect its growing collection and to create a focal point for the heritage and culture of rugby around the world.
In 2017 the World Rugby Museum vacated the East Stand and was completely rebuilt in the South Stand with £1.8 Million capital investment by the RFU.
Our collection of over 38,000 objects are displayed within our permanent galleries and supplement a regular programme of special exhibitions as well as formal and informal learning programmes.
We welcome over 25,000 visitors annually.
Our mission statement
“To celebrate and share the unique history, culture and tradition of rugby union in all its forms, wherever and by whomsoever it is played.”
We are a museum of international rugby history, holding the most extensive collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world, including over 38,000 recorded objects, 15,000 pieces of archival material and 9,000 photographs, from the RFU collection, the Harry Langton Collection and the RFU Rugby Archive.
Star items include the world’s oldest international football jersey and the Calcutta Cup, which is the world’s oldest international football trophy.