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Melbourne has an active community life, with many people exploring our history and our current intellectual and artistic life through clubs, museums, and galleries. For example, the William Ricketts sanctuary is an outdoor gallery of the artist's works; and the Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum of nineteenth-century penal life.

There is a wealth of small special-interest museums and even more galleries and craft centres. Week-ends especially bring people out to browse through displays and hunt out treasures of their own at the many craft stalls that operate weekly or monthly, depending on the location. In Melbourne, the street stalls outside the Arts Centre Melbourne (previously Victorian Arts Centre) show-and-sell a wide range of local artistic produce. One of the best-known of these gatherings of merchants and artists is that on the Esplanade in Saint Kilda.

Guidebook lists:
Inner Melbourne Parks & Gardens
Melbourne Environs Parks & Gardens
Inner Melbourne historic sites
Melbourne Environs Historic Sites
Art Deco Walk of Inner Melbourne
Another View Walking Trail
Inner Melbourne museums, galleries and craft markets.
Melbourne Environs museums, galleries and craft markets.
All lists

Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum

see National Sports Museum

Brunton Avenue, Richmond
Olympic Stand, entrance to the Museum is via Gate 3
Hurstbridge or Epping train to Jolimont station, then cross Yarra Park. Tram 75 or 48 along Flinders St to Jolimont station.

Chinese Dragon, Chinese Museum, Melbourne, Australia; 145x185

Chinese Museum

Chinese costume collection, artifacts from the goldfields, home of Melbourne's big dragon, Chinese Australian History Gallery, Chinatown Heritage Walks

22 Cohen Place Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia.
Getting there:
In the Melbourne city centre, enter the Chinatown precinct in Little Bourke Street from Swanston or Russell Street. Cohen place is off Little Bourke Street.

Exterior, Hellenic Museum (c) 2014 Ali Kayn; 120x111

Hellenic Museum

The Hellenic Museum is dedicated to the celebration, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of ancient and modern Greece. The Hellenic Museum supports the visual arts, film, music, architecture, history, culture and education.

See our Hellenic Museum guidebook entry

For more information, contact details and opening hours see web site

280 William St, Melbourne
City circle tram, 55 Tram, or train to Flagstaff station.

Jeiwsh Museum; 119x107

Jewish Museum of Australia

Exhibitions and collection giving an insight into Australian Jewish life. Mission: to engage people with Jewish culture.

Opening hours, tours and contact details on Jewish Museum of Australia web site.

26 Alma Rd, St Kilda
Two-minute walk from tram stop 32 on St Kilda Rd (Routes 3 or 67)

Johnston Collection, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; 120x181

Johnston Collection

The Johnston Collection

A house museum based on and around the Johnston Collection of Decorative and Fine Arts. The museum, lecture area and reference library are in three historic houses.

Opening hours, tours and contact details on Johnston Collection web site (email: info@johnstoncollection.org).

East Melbourne
Train to Jolimont Station, or 48 or 75 Tram to Hilton on the Park for pickup by the courtesy bus.

Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Australia; 145x194

Melbourne Museum

Set in the Carlton Gardens beside the Royal Exhibition Building, and minutes from the Melbourne city centre, Melbourne Museum is a modern building housing a considerable collection. A beautiful rainforest atrium is one of the features. Also in the complex is IMAX Melbourne.

Great Hall, National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; 145x193

National Gallery of Victoria

World-class collection of art work, the international section in St Kilda Road, and the Australian collection in Federation Square (Ian Potter Centre). Features include the stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall. and the popular wall of water at the St Kilda Rd entrance (see guidebook entry for photographs). Recently redesigned and reopened.
web site

see also Arts Centre Melbourne

check web site for contact details

NGV International: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
From Flinders Street, cross Princes Bridge by foot or tram or cross the footbridge from Flinders Street Station.

Ian Potter (NGV Australia)
Federation Square, Melbourne

Performing Arts Museum

CLOSED see Arts Centre Melbourne
The Performing Arts Collection can be seen in various free exhibitions and displays within Arts Centre Melbourne. While there are currently no confirmed plans for a permanent Performing Arts Museum, we are hopeful that oen day in the future plans will become more permanent.

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
From Flinders Street, cross Princes Bridge by foot or tram or cross the footbridge from Flinders Street Station.

Polly Woodside Maritime Museum

Polly Woodside, re-rigged and afloat, built in 1885. A maritime heritage museum.

For contact details and opening hours, see the web site (or the National Trust web site).

Take tram No 10 or 12 west from Collins St to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre

Queen Victoria Market

Also known as the "Queen Vic" and "Vic Market", this long-time feature of Melbourne contains stalls selling limited arts & crafts, mainly food and clothing.

Opening hours and contact details on QVM web site.

Corner Franklin & Elizabeth Sts
Take any northbound tram along Elizabeth or William Sts

Saint Kilda esplanade, Victoria, Australia; 145x184

The Esplanade Market, St Kilda

Arts & Crafts market Just down the road from Acland St, St Kilda - possibly the cake capital of Melbourne.

For contact details and opening hours, check the web site

The Esplanade, St Kilda

Number 15 tram from Swanston St or Light Rail number 96 from Bourke St.

Scienceworks, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hands-on exhibitions and activities, especially for kids of all ages.

Open daily from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Site map

Ph: 9392 4864 Web site

Train on Werribee, Williamstown or Newport line, alight at Spotswood railway station. 10 min walk (signposted). Or catch the City Wanderer bus from Flinders St station.

Sinclair's Cottage

Australian art, jewellry, scultures, pottery and other crafts.
Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free

Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade.

Sport and Olympic Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sport and Olympic Museum

see Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum

Yarra Park, Melbourne

Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Arts Centre Melbourne (previously Victorian Arts Centre)

Theatres Building, Hamer Hall Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Home of the Australian Ballet; The Australian Opera; and the Victoria State Opera. Guided tours

Guided tours, Backstage tours check web site
web site

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
From Flinders Street, cross Princes Bridge by foot or tram or cross the footbridge from Flinders Street Station.

Victorian Police Museum

Depicting the history of the Victorian Police Force includes police motorcycles, insignias, photographs and Ned Kelly's armour.

Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission

Ph: 9247 5215

Victorian Police Centre, Building C, Concourse, World Trade Centre, 637 Flinders St, Melbourne

Victorian Tapestry Workshop

Tours Wed & Thus 2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m
Viewing Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Booking essential

To view the best contemporary tapestries in public buildings, get the walking map.

Ph: 9699 1494

260 Park St, Sth Melbourne

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