Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Visit the art galleries page for more information.
Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum
Located in the main entrance of the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), this museum is a sports lover’s dream. It has three levels, all filled with sporting memorabilia. The gallery has records of the country’s sporting heroes, from Olympians, to footballers and of course Sir Donald Bradman. Exhibitions include the Cricket Hall of Fame, Aussie Rules Football exhibition and the Olympic Museum. Brunton Avenue, Jolimont (03 9415 1813).Train from city to Jolimont Station.
Michaels camera museum has about 3000 cameras, with some dating back to the 1880′s. You will also find movie cameras, darkroom equipment, and a collection of books, magazines, and brochures. Corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne (03 9672 2222). Tram 19, 57 59.
Champions – Australian Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Champions celebrates thoroughbred racing and its role in Australian sport. Federation Square (1300 139 407).
The Chinese Museum is located in Melbourne’s CBD, at 22 Cohen Place, near Lonsdale Street and Exhibition Street. This is Melbourne’s Chinatown area, and visitors can take public transport to the museum, with the Parliament train station a short walk from the location.
The museum has displays that cover the two centuries that the Chinese have been in Australia. Chinese dragons, various forms of art, and Chinese artefacts are on display. There are also cultural events and exhibitions held at the museum.
The museum welcomes school tours for all ages of students from primary and secondary schools. Different guided tours explain the exhibits at the museum and some take people around the Chinatown area and include a demonstration of Kung-Fu.
The Chinese Museum can be contacted by telephone at (03) 9662 2888. The museum is open every day except for Good Friday, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
On sale at the Chinese Museum Shop are various souvenirs, including a Lion Head, jewellery, and pewter statuettes.
City Museum at Old Treasury
A museum that explores the people and events that shaped Melbourne, all housed within the Old Treasury building. Old Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne (03 9651 2233)
Fire Services Museum
The Fire Services Museum Victoria features historic fire vehicles, uniforms, photographs, models, and memorabilia. Opened in 1979, the Fire Services Museum is housed in an old Melbourne Fire Brigade building.
The collection includes over 10,000 items, and the museum has memorabilia from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority, and international fire departments.
The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Tour groups can arrange to visit during other days. There is a souvenir shop on the premises.
The address of the Fire Service Museum is 39 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. For information or to book group tours or hire a vehicle for a special event phone (03) 9662 2907.
The Fire Services Museum is close to tram stops and isn’t a long walk from the city centre. The State Parliament House, Royal Exhibition Building, and Fitzroy Gardens are nearby.
The Fire Services Museum Victoria also has another site, in Newport. Bookings can be made to visit the Fire Vehicle and Appliance Restoration Workshops.
Fox Classic Car Collection
A collection of classic cars and one of the largest for Mercedes Benz. 755 Collins Street, Docklands (03 9620 4086)
The Grainger Museum, which opened in 1938, is an autobiographical museum that presents the life of composer Percy Grainger.
Objects in the Grainger Museum collection include musical instruments, gramophone records, piano rolls, thousands of photographs, art, furniture, and Grainger’s personal library. Archival material of other Australian composers is also located in the museum.
It is free to visit the Grainger Museum, but a small cost does apply to guided tours. After an extensive renovation of the site, there is now Percy’s Cafe for visitors to have a snack.
The museum is open in the afternoons, Tuesday to Friday and on Sunday. It closes for part of the summer, and is also closed on public holidays.
The Grainger Museum is located at The University of Melbourne Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville. The Number 19 tram, which has stops at the end of Elizabeth Street right near Flinders Street Station, is an easy way to get to the museum.
A collection from Antiquity and the Greek Christian Byzantine period along with an exhibition that shows the Greek migration to Australia. 280 William Street, Melbourne (03 8615 9016)
Over the last 200 years people have travelled from all over the globe, whether lured by Australia’s lifestyle or compelled by circumstance, to settle on the shores of what has been aptly named for over a century as ‘the lucky country.’
Most of Australia’s population is made up of immigrants, whether first, second, or third generation, and their presence has shaped Australia and the state of Victoria. Melbourne is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, and this is because of its large number of immigrants and the wonderful food, culture, and lifestyles that have been incorporated into everyday life.
The immigration Museum, right in the centre of Melbourne city, is testament to the journeys, plights, and explorations of immigrants over the past 200 years.
Experience and travels from the 1800s right up to present day are explored within the walls of the museum through a combination of media and materials, which include, but are certainly not limited to, personal belongings, photographs, and stories. Visitors are invited to gain a personal insight into the lives and travels of immigrants seeking refuge, opportunity, and the lifestyle that Melbourne has to offer.
The presentations are moving, nostalgic, and interactive, ensuring compassion, empathy, and celebration of the immigrants and the changes that have been made to the fabric of Victoria and beyond. The Immigration Museum is the first point for the Golden Mile Heritage Trail, a self guided historic walk that takes you through Melbourne’s history and gives you view of over 80 famous, historical buildings and attractions.
A profoundly moving experience, the Immigration Museum is not only educational but a personal approach to Melbourne’s diverse history.
Address: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Phone: 13 11 02
Jewish Holocaust Museum
Located in Elsternwick, South of Melbourne, The Jewish Holocaust Museum is a calm centre aiming to educate the public about the Holocaust. Founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated volunteers, The Jewish Holocaust Centre was developed into an institution dedicated to the memory of the Jewish people who were murdered as a part of the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945.
In the past 26 years the Jewish Holocaust centre has become an Australian landmark, winning many awards and accolades for its work and commitment to education and remembrance.
The Jewish Holocaust Centre conducts an educational program aimed at school aged children, which is designed to combat racism and encourage open mindedness, respect and empathy towards all humans, whilst advocating the human right to freedom and the importance of critical thinking.
In 2010, the Jewish Holocaust Centre has reinvented the museum display, improving the façade, content, and educational training that is being employed. New display cases were brought in to house a wealth of new artefacts and original material from the Holocaust era. Intertwined with the historical artefacts is state of the art technology that is designed to further engage the modern students. Presenting the stories of Melbourne survivors, the museum is not only poignant and nostalgic but hopeful and uplifting toward a better future.
The entire centre is designed to keep Holocaust survivors’ stories alive for generations to come within the museum, and every effort has been made to tell these stories with empathy and respect. The centre is an educational and important part of Melbourne’s culture and the history of the people who live here.
Address: 13-15 Selwyn St, Elsternwick
Phone: 03 9528 1985
Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre
At the Koorie Heritage Trust site in Melbourne, visitors can take part in an interactive exhibition, art workshops, and cultural tours. There are several galleries in the building. The works of many Koorie artists are on display in the Gandel Family Foyer Gallery, Darren Pattie-Bux Gallery, and Aunty Joyce Johnson Gallery.
The unique collections at the Koorie Heritage Trust include artefacts, pictures, art, and voice recordings.
Contact the Koorie Heritage Trust by telephone on (03) 8622 2600. Their location is open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
To visit the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, take a train to Flagstaff Station, and then it is just a short walk to the site. Trams run along nearby La Trobe street, and visitors can take the free City Circle tram. The address is 295 King Street, and it is on the corner of Little Lonsdale Street.
Tours to book at the Koorie Heritage Trust take you through their site, and will also take you through Melbourne with the Walkin’ Birrarung, The Yarra River tour, and the Introduction to Koorie Culture tour.
Melbourne Maritime Museum
Home of the barque Polly Woodside, which was first launched from Belfast in 1885. You can even tour this amazing historic vessel.
The Melbourne Museum is one of Melbourne’s favourite cultural buildings and enjoys visits from over one million patrons every year. The Melbourne Museum is a State Museum that holds a national and international focus. Employing technology, history, and art, the Melbourne Museum aims to educate, entertain and awe guests of all ages. The exhibits that are on display at the museum at any time cover both natural and physical sciences intertwined with cultural and social history of both local stories and international ones.
The museum has some amazing permanent exhibitions, including the technologically advanced Dinosaur Walk—an exhibit that has made the Museum quite famous internationally. A chance to walk with dinosaurs and learn about history through interaction, technology, and animatronics, this is truly an experience not to be missed.
The other permanent displays include a celebration of Koorie Culture at the Aboriginal Cultural centre, The Melbourne Story Exhibit and Phar Lap, Australia’s most iconic race horse, in the flesh.
With everything from a living forest to an amazing bug exhibit, kids of all ages are guaranteed to be excited and enthralled every step of the way. And you never know, the adults might just learn something too!
Specialised children exhibits aimed at the littler kids, a great café, and the amazing IMAX theatre ensure that guests of all ages and inclinations will have an amazing day out at the Melbourne Museum.
Take a walk on the wild side, dive into history, and play in the scientific mind of the modern world. A great gift shops ensures that you can take home gifts, toys, and souvenirs to remember your trip to this iconic Museum.
Address: Carlton Gardens, Nicholson St, Carlton
Phone: 03 8341 7777
National Opal Collection
The National Opal Collection is both a museum and showroom. The museum explains how opals were formed and how, for example, bones of prehistoric animals can become opalised. 119 Swantson Street, Melbourne (03 9662 3524).
The RAAF Museum at Point Cook, around forty minutes from the centre of Melbourne, is a collection of aircraft and related items that show visitors the history of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Outside displays include the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Bristol Freighter, and Bristol Bloodhound surface-to-air missile and launcher. There are regular flights by the Sopwith Pup, Tiger Moth, Mustang, Winjeel, and CT4A.
In the RAAF Museum Shop you can purchase memorabilia with various RAAF squadron insignia. Patches, key rings, and caps are available.
The RAAF Museum is closed on Mondays, and also shuts its doors for Good Friday and Christmas Day. There is no entrance cost to visit the museum.
The museum is located at Point Cook Road, Point Cook. The phone number is (03) 8348 6040.
If you have your own plane, you can fly to the RAAF Williams Bas—for information contact (03) 9395 1937. A daily shuttle bus operates from Melbourne. When driving from Melbourne, take the West Gate Bridge and head towards Geelong on the Princes Freeway. Follow the signs and exit at Point Cook Road. There is free parking.
Who said learning can’t be fun? Located only five kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, Scienceworks is all about making learning fun for kids of all ages. Based on the theory that kids learn more from being actively involved and experimenting in different mediums, Scienceworks focuses on educating kids about science and technology in an innovative way that is more like an interactive adventure than a science class.
The museum goes above and beyond to present information and education in a way that is as unexpected as it is active for all participants. Every child (and adult) is encouraged to get their hands dirty and take part in live demonstrations, shows, guided tours, and specialised activities. This isn’t a place just for school groups; kids enjoy visiting Scienceworks on their holidays and on the weekends too, because it never feels like learning. This is a museum designed to challenge the most curious of minds and to keep kids interested, entertained, and alert throughout their time exploring all the exciting adventures that the centre has to offer.
Within the Scienceworks centre is the Melbourne Planetarium, where you can experience space travel and astronomy in an incredible way through digital simulations. There is a lightning room and amazing sessions that are guaranteed to impress and awe the entire family.
With a great kid-friendly cafe and a shop full of great experiments, educational books, gifts, toys, and learning aids, you will find everything you need and more to satisfy the curious and the sceptical at Scienceworks.
Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium is located at 2 Booker St, Spotswood. For information call (03) 9392 4800, or, if calling from Victoria the number is 13 11 02. To get to Scienceworks, take the Werribee or Williamstown train and stop at Spotswood Station, then walk to Scienceworks.
Address: 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
Phone: 03 9392 4800