Museums in Melbourne
Victoria boasts an exceptional collection of museums, many hosting national displays or curating world-renowned exhibits. The Melbourne Museum is a fusion of the old world and the new. Opposite the grand Royal Exhibition Buildings, it is segmented into several galleries, including a magnetic Children's Museum and the Bunjilaka Centre – a place where Aboriginal people can practise and present their culture.
Built in the 1800s to house Victoria's rapidly growing criminal population, the multi award winning Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne's oldest surviving buildings and one of the city's must-see attractions, especially their Crime and Justice Experience. Step inside this imposing bluestone institution, a site of over 130 hangings, and enter a world where some of Australia's most infamous criminals were held, including bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor.
Where- 377 Russell St, Melbourne
When- 7 days 09:30am - 5:00pm
Cost- Adult $25.00, Children $13.50
Phone- 03 9663 7228
Getting There- 10 minute walk up Russell St
Throughout the year Melbourne Museum hosts a number of interchanging exhibits each more spectacular than the last. Explore Melbourne's rich history in the ‘Melbourne Story exhibition’ and discover the icons and personalities that have shaped Melbourne. See Phar Lap, Australia's legendary racehorse, in the flesh or journey into the mind and explore a world of emotions, thoughts, memories and dreams in The Mind exhibition.
Where-11 Nicholson St, Carlton
When- 7 days 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost-Adults $12.00, Children Free
Phone- 03 8341 7777
Getting There- Tram number 96, Bourke St
Become involved in the world of science, designed to teach children how the world works form the motion of their bicycle to the movement of our planets. Journey to the stars and beyond at the Melbourne Planetarium, travel through space and time, and have a hair-raising encounter with lighting volts.
Where- 2 Booker St, Sportswood
When- Daily 10:00am - 4:30pm
Cost- Adult $12.00, Children Free
Phone- 03 9392 4800
Getting There- Vehicle, 20 minute drive
Located in the Old Customs House in the City of Melbourne, the museum explores stories of coming to Australia through a rich mix of moving images, personal and community voices, memories and memorabilia. From the reasons for making the journey, to the moment of arrival and the impact on indigenous communities, these stories are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always engaging.
Where- 400 Flinders St
When- 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost- Adult $12.00, Children free
Phone- 03 9662 2888
Getting There - 10 minute walk
A living part of Melbourne's modern Chinatown, the Chinese Museum documents, preserves and displays the history of Chinese Immigration to Australia. An exciting range of changing exhibitions and heritage tours are used to illustrate the past, culture and values of Australia's Chinese community. The Museum is home to Dai Loong and the Millennium Dragon, the largest Chinese dragon in the world.
Where- 22 Cohen Place
When- 10:00am - 5:00pm daily
Cost- $9 per adult $21 family pass
Phone- 03 9662 2888
Melbourne's public galleries house some of Australia's most important colonial and contemporary works, while private galleries, both large and small, showcase the works of talented local artisans and craftspeople.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is Australia's leading contemporary art gallery. It brings the best international and Australian artists and creative thinkers to audiences looking for inspiration. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art provides an exciting, free and essential Melbourne cultural experience. The gallery's unique program of new commissions and exhibitions has established its international reputation as one in a cluster of galleries around the world producing ambitious new artworks with living artists.
Where- 111 Sturt St, Southbank
When- 10:00am - 8:00pm daily
Phone- 03 9697 9999
Getting There- tram
Venture into Fed Square and explore the world of film, television and digital media with year-round exhibitions, rare screenings and cultural events. As the home of Melbourne's best and most popular film festivals, great Australian and international cinema and specialist programs for seniors, kids and lovers of cult classics, ACMI presents an unparalleled annual calendar.
Where- Federation Square
When- 10:00am- 6:00pm
Cost- Varied depending on exhibit
Phone- 03 8663 2583
Getting There- 5 minute walk
Appreciate art and surrounds at the two NGV spaces - the iconic original housing international art and the newer, light-filled home of local works. Playing host to a great range of permanent and temporary exhibits, the National Gallery of Victoria is a great place to visit all year round.
Where- 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
When- Wed-Mon, 10:00am- 5:00pm, Closed Tuesdays
Cost- Most exhibits are free
Phone- 03 8620 2222
Getting There- 5 minute walk from Grand Hyatt
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, is the home of Australian art with superb collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the Colonial period to the present day. With more Australian art on permanent display than any other gallery in the world, as well as special exhibitions and programs, cafes, a restaurant and new perspectives of the city through its glass matrix, NGV Australia is more than a great place to view art.
Where- Flinders and Russell St
Phone- 03 8620 2222