Melbourne Galleries, Museums, and Craft Centres
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 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.
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings
Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park.
|Yarra Park, Melbourne|
Casa Mariciana Art Gallery
Chinese costume collection, artifacts from the goldfields, home of Melbourne's big dragon, Chinese Australian History Gallery, Chinatown Heritage Walks
Sun - Fri 10 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.
Ph 9662 2888 Fax 9663 2693
|22 Cohen Place, Melbourne|
Collins Place Art & Craft Market
Sundays only 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ph: 018 882 018
|Collins Place, 45 Collins St|
Jewish Museum of Australia
Open Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ph: (03) 9534 0083
|26 Alma Rd, St Kilda|
From city: tram No. 67 or No 3 to stop 32
Museum of Victoria
|Swanston St, Melbourne|
National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Rd
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.
Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.ausee also Victorian Arts Centre
Ph: 9308 0222
|180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne|
Performing Arts Museum
see Victorian Arts Centre
|St Kilda Rd, Melbourne|
Polly Woodside Maritime Museum
Polly Woodside, re-rigged and afloat, built in 1885. Maritime heritage museum.
Ph: (03) 9699 9760
Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
|Lorimer Street East, South Bank, Melbourne
Access from Spencer St Bridge along Yarra River Board walk. Next to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Queen Victoria Market
Limited arts & crafts, mainly food and clothing
Tue & Thurs 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ph: 9658 9600 Fax 9658 9601
Info on tours: 9658 9601
|Franklin & Elizabeth Sts
Take any northbound tram along Elizabeth or William Sts
St Kilda Esplanade
Arts & Crafts market Every Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Just down the road from Acland St - possibly the cake capital of Melbourne.
|The Esplanade, St Kilda
Number 15 tram from Swanston St or Light Rail number 96 from Bourke St.
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.
Ph: 9392 4864 Website
|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.|
Australian art, jewellry, scultures, pottery and other crafts.
|Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade.|
Sport and Olympic Museum
see Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum
|Yarra Park, Melbourne|
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 Mon - Fri & 2:30 p.m.; Sat 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon.
|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.
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
To view the best contemporary tapestries in public buildings, get the walking map.
Ph: 9699 1494
|260 Park St, Sth Melbourne|