Intriguing and unique exhibitions, collections and installations can be viewed at Melbourne’s museums. Delve deep into the history of places near and far at Melbourne’s varied museums, dedicated to both the most well-known as well as the quirkiest local stories.
ArtVo is an immersive art gallery or ‘trick art’ gallery – the first of its kind in Australia. Unlike normal art museums, visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks, photographing themselves and becoming part of the art.
Australia And New Zealand Banking Group Limited
376-390 Collins Street, Melbourne
Considered the finest secular Gothic-Revival building in Australia, this building was completed in 1887 and is renowned for the splendour of its interior. It was erected as the head office of the English, Scottish & Australian Bank.
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
At Melbourne Museum, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a meeting place for Koorie people and for visitors interested in Aboriginal culture.
Children’s Gallery Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
The Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum is a wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds where children can explore, play and learn.
22 Cohen Place,, Melbourne
Located in Melbourne’s Chinatown, off Little Bourke Street, the Chinese Museum is a living part of Melbourne’s modern Chinatown. The Chinese Museum documents, preserves and displays the history of Chinese Immigration to Australia.
College of Surgeons’ Museum and Art Gallery
Ground 250 Spring Street, East Melbourne
The College of Surgeons’ Museum has a collection of historical surgical instruments, objects from the history of plastic and reconstructive surgery, rare and historic books and College memorabilia. A gold coin donation is appreciated.
Dialogue in the Dark
Dialogue in the Dark is an experience in total darkness through which, led by blind guides, you will learn to interact and communicate by relying on other senses.
Fire Services Museum Of Victoria
39 Gisborne Street, (Cnr Gisborne St & Victoria Parade), East Melbourne
The Fire Services Museum of Victoria showcases Australia’s largest collection of fire-fighting memorabilia.
Fox Classic Car Collection
749-755 Collins Street, Docklands
The Fox Classic Car Collection is housed in the historic Queen’s Warehouse building in the Docklands precinct, at the foot of the Collins Street Bridge.
Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville
The Grainger Museum, founded by pianist and composer Percy Grainger, is the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia.
280 William Street, Melbourne
The Hellenic Museum is committed to safeguarding the past, celebrating the present and promoting the future of Hellenic artistic and cultural heritage. The museum supports the visual arts, film, music, architecture, history, culture and education.
400-424 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Over the last 200 years people have journeyed from all over the world to make Australia their home. Hear their moving stories at the Immigration Museum.
Medical History Museum
Building 182, Level 2,, Brownless Biomedical Library,, University of Melbourne,, 230 Grattan Street, Parkville
The Medical History Museum at the University of Melbourne is the oldest and finest collection of its type associated with a Medical School in Australia.
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
From the natural environment to culture and history, Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria.
199 Faraday Street, Carlton
Museo Italiano tells the story of Victoria’s Italian community, and as you’d expect there’s a strong focus on Carlton’s Italian heritage and history.
National Sports Museum
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Gate 3, Jolimont
Housed by the iconic MCG, the National Sports Museum celebrates Australia’s rich sporting history by boasting the largest sporting collection in the country.
Old Treasury Building
20-70 Spring Street, East Melbourne
Designed by 19-year-old architect JJ Clark, the Old Treasury Building was built to house the gold bullion discovered during Victoria’s 1850s gold rush.
Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
The grand Royal Exhibition Building is the world’s only surviving Great Hall, constructed as an exhibition space and still used for that purpose.
Victoria Police Museum
World Trade Centre, 637 Flinders Street, (enter via Siddeley Street), Melbourne
From Australia’s largest collection of Kelly Gang armour to CSI forensics, gain insights into the social history of policing and crime in Victoria.
Source: meldmagazine.com.au / visitvictoria.com.au